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Sandra J. Hendrickson: 1944-2018


OTTAWA — Sandra J. "Sam" Hendrickson, 73, of Ottawa, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, at her home.

A funeral ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Ottawa Funeral Home with the Rev. William Clark officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottawa Avenue Cemetery.
Sandra was born June 24, 1944, in Cedar Point, to Stanley and Frances (Omahen) Ernat. She married Jim Hendrickson Sr. on July 24, 1975.
Sandra previously worked as a crossing guard at Ottawa Elementary School District and customer service at Dettore's West Lanes.
She was a giving, caring and loving wife, mom, grandmama and great-grandma. She had an undeniable love for nature and all of god's creatures, especially her current furbaby, Mr. Slinky. She enjoyed riding horses, tending to her flowers and her garden and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jim; six children, Randy Payne, Ed Payne, Cindy Baiz, Candy (David) Dubach, James Hendrickson Jr. and Samantha (Fernando) Alvarado; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Pumo, Michael Lazar, Brody Dubach, Miranda Payne, Shawna Payne, Alex Baiz, Thomas Haws, Dominic Haws, Hanna Hendrickson, Rodrigo Alvarado, Letizia Alvarado, Fernando Alvarado, Trevor Milam and Kassandra Seaborn; seven great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Stanley Ernat, David Ernat, Sharon Debosik, Sue Ernat and Kenny Ernat.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Tammy Payne-Milam and William Payne; her daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Payne; and her brother, Eugene Ernat.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Christopher Pumo, Michael Lazar, Brody Dubach, Alex Baiz, Thomas Haws and Dominic Haws.
The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory
1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350

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