Sandy was born in Iola, WI on Feb. 16, 1943, the second of four daughters of Leonard and Hazel Jawort. She grew up on the family farm on Wolf Road just west of Manawa, WI. Nurtured by her mom and her mom’s parents, Sandra got her first library card at the age of five, becoming a life-long avid reader. In addition to house and farm work, she enjoyed many activities in her youth such as gardening and canning. At ten she joined 4-H and liked to square dance and submit competitive projects in the county fair along with spinning on her favorites rides: The Tilt a Whirl and the Octopus. Sandra also enjoyed reading, writing, ice-skating, hayrides, bonfires, FHA, school dances, and marching and playing for the pep band where she was a trombonist. Having attended St. Paul’s Parochial School, Manawa Grade School, and Little Wolf High School in Manawa, WI, Sandra graduated with honors; one of the top five honor students with the Class of 1960. She attended the University of Madison and the University of Stevens Point earning her B.S. in Education-English major with a Sociology minor. She obtained her Master in Teaching with a writing emphasis; magna cum laude and an additional 30 credits summa cum laude. Having graduated from college with the Class of 1966, Sandra taught English and related subjects at Horace Mann J.H. in Neenah, Neenah Senior High, Little Wolf High School in Manawa, WI and Gillett High School, Gillett, WI. Besides classroom studies, Sandra coached One-Act plays, forensics, and advised the school newspaper for Gillett High School students. Through her tutelage, The Tigil, won numerous district and state awards. With the administrator’s support, Sandra articulated with NWTC and was an adjunct instructor for St. Norbert’s College, enabling Gillett students to earn advanced placement credits to NWTC, St. Norbert’s, or transferrable credits to other colleges. This was in the early years before Advanced Placement classes were the norm. Sandra was a Wisconsin Education Association member and known as an extremely dedicated teacher. Retiring after 35 years from teaching in 2001, Sandra took up golf to feed her competitive spirit until as she put it, “I give up!”
High school sweethearts, Sandra married Larry Lucht at the age of 19 and they were married for 54 years. Together they raised four children: Lisa, Linda, Brett, and Trent. Married life as high school educators brought about many bus trips to football and basketball games. Sandra always rode along to support Larry who was coaching. Summers together brought about family trips to keep in touch with relatives and many summers watching Larry play baseball for the Symco Bombers. Sandra’s interest in family history had her tracing the family tree back to the late 1600s. Her research was before the age of the internet, so many long letters were sent to European countries for information. Sandra published several branches of the family tree as she believed one’s roots shouldn’t be forgotten. She also enjoyed walking two of her favorite Yorkshire terriers named Tinker and Mopsy. Raised Lutheran, Sandra converted to the Catholic faith when she married Larry. She was a member of St. John’s in Gillett and the past thirty years at St. Anthony’s in Oconto Falls. Throughout Sandra’s life she enjoyed church choir, Sunday school teaching, and being a member of Renew. As part of Catholic Charities, Sandy sponsored a girl named Sarah from the Philippines for 16 years.
Sandra is survived by her husband Larry, daughters, Lisa (Don) Snyder, Linda Lucht; sons, Brett (Stacy) Lucht, and Trent (Tracy) Lucht. Sandra was blessed with nine grandchildren: Haylee Lucht, Tatum, Cameron, and Quinn Snyder, Natalie, Lindsey, and Emily Lucht, and Bryn and Elijah Lucht. Also survived by sisters, Carol (Don) Fox, Reverend Diane (Larry) Blahauvietz, and Laurel (Bruce) Marchinowski; aunt, Nancy Timm-Struck, Jack and Janice Lucht, June and Frank Voss, Denny Nelson, Carl and Kate Lucht, along with several nieces and nephews. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Hazel Jawort; her children, Brent and Leslie; her mother-in-law, Carmen Lucht; her sisters-in-law, Sister Lisa (Patsy) Lucht and Lurana Nelson.
Visitation will be held 4-8pm Monday, July 25, 2016 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation will continue after 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church until the time of service. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.