Sandra Hingtgen

Sandra A Hingtgen (Hingtgen)

Thursday, October 13th, 1960 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Sandra Ann Hingtgen walked, ran, jumped and danced her way into heaven on Saturday night, February 9, most likely in heels. Visitation will be Thursday, February 14 from 8:30 am to 10:45 am at Resurrection Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am.
Sandra was born in Dubuque on October 13, 1960, to Jean and Mickey Hingtgen. She grew up in East Dubuque and attended St. Mary’s grade school. There she made life-long friends and she discovered her enjoyment of gatherings and parties. Fortunately, she had 5 siblings, which ensured her a group of comrades at all hours. (Pam Jochum, Deb (Lon) Link, Dan (Regina) Hingtgen, Amy (Jonathan) Asbury and John (Rita) Hingtgen.)
Sandra graduated from Wahlert High School and went to Kirkwood Community College, where she received a degree in computer programing. Extroverted and loving celebrations, Sandra quicky traded computer programming for event planning and became a catering director at the nearest Holiday Inn. This started her career in hospitality; she “retired” 20 years later as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for RFS hotels where she managed 11 hotel chains throughout the South. She lived in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina before returning to Dubuque in 2006. Her circle of friends and acquaintances grew with each stop and her warmth and smile touched people in her good and in her challenging days; and challenging days she had.
Sandra was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis at the age of 36. It didn’t take long for the disease to take away the use of her legs. She continued to work and travel until she was falling literally, on her face. Her pat answer when asked by friend or stranger after a fall, “Are you hurt?” was always, “Only my pride.” When her working life was no longer an option, she became a volunteer at hospitals and organizations, often visiting and cheering people far less handicapped than she.
Fiercely independent, Sandra lived in her own home, in Dubuque for the last 14-years. Upon returning to Dubuque, she met Brian Noel, and it gave her great joy to have movie dates and Brian’s companionship. Sandra maintained her own condo and took care of her beloved cat Sox for as long as she could. Behind the scenes was her devoted sister Deb, directing her care and advocating for Sandra, who would have never asked for help or for “more” from anybody.
Sandra had amazing and giving caregivers, volunteers, helpers and family who all have stories of how she smiled, engaged and chose to be “better not bitter.” She lived her life with grace and dignity.
Sandra is survived by her mother Jean (Noel) Hingtgen, 5 siblings, 7 nephews and 7 nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Eugene “Mickey” Hingtgen, and two nieces, Sarah Jochum and Jean Hingtgen.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sandra’s family extends sincere appreciation to the amazing nurses, CNA’s, and home healthcare workers that were loving and caring to Sandra over the years. Thank you to those at Mercy Hospital, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:45am
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 8:30am - 10:45am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Interment

    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    1111 Davis Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Sincerely, Joan, Shelly, Peggy, Gregory, Ricky and, Fondly, Julia and Jack Gannon, and others have sent flowers to the family of Sandra A Hingtgen (Hingtgen).
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Sally Ann Minard

Posted at 02:30pm
To the family of Sandra,

I am very sorry for your loss. May God put His arms around you, with such comfort and great love.
Sandra is certainly dancing in Heaven with sweet Sarah.

Sally Minard (friends of Pam and Sarah Jochum, my client with Goodwill)

Sincerely, Joan, Shelly, Peggy, Gregory, Ricky and

Posted at 11:23pm
Sandy was a very special person who brought joy to all who knew her. Truly a favorite cousin and niece. Our deepest sympathy to all.
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Bill and Deb Brandt

Posted at 10:53pm
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Sandra. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult and sorrowful time.
Take Care. In Sympathy, Bill and Deb Brandt


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Posted at 03:00pm
We send you thoughts of peace and courage. Your Senate Democratic colleagues and staff.
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Tim Carr

Posted at 02:26pm
To Pam and the Hingtgen family, My deepest condolences with the passing of Sandra. She was a wonderful person with a big heart and a fun personality.

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