Sandra Lou Kauss, nee Johnson, age 75 died in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Irene (Kutchera) and Gaylord Johnson, September 3, 1945.

Sandy was baptized, confirmed and married in the Squaw Creek Lutheran Church. Quoting her, “I am not terribly religious but grateful for having been brought up in the Lutheran Church”. She was proud of her rural background and Norwegian heritage.

After graduating from Black River Falls High School with the class of 1963, she married James A. Kauss, January 9, 1965. They had 56 years together. While James was in the military Sandy attended and graduated from Roper Hospital School of Practical Nursing January 2, 1967 in Charleston, South Carolina. Sandy worked mostly in geriatric nursing but also enjoyed years (in the 1970s) at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, WI as a staff nurse. Her last 21 years were spent at Pine View Nursing Home.

She loved to read, especially biographies, walk, watch birds feed on the porch and attend a variety of classes. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren. She was a source of unconditional love and resilience for her children and grandchildren.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Jim, and three children. A son John, a daughter Bobby (Paul) Olson, and a daughter, Kathryn (Duane) Christenson all of Black River Falls. Five grandchildren, Jessica and Betsy Olson, Elly and Jennings Christenson, Riley John Kauss and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Alice Holmquist and four brothers, Robert, George, Dennis, and Michael.

Per Sandy’s request, there will be no service and a private committal will be at a later date. The Torgerson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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