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Date of Passing: Apr 14, 2021

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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Sandra Claire Rozecki (nee McInnes) on April 14, 2021. Sandy was at home when she moved on, surrounded by immediate family at her side. She remained dignified, brave, and beautiful to the final moment.
Sandy is survived by her husband of 20 years Lance; their children, Kailyn, 14 and Bryce, 13 years; father Dr. Donald C. McInnes, and four sisters, Mary McInnes (Rob) of Winnipeg, Donnie Straker (Peter, Jacob, and Malcolm) of Toronto, Margie McConnell (Jeff, Beth, and Alex) of Virden, Christine McInnes (Steve, Elliot, Morgan, and Harriet) of Winnipeg; mother-in-law Anne Rozecki, brother-in-law Boyd Rozecki (Sherry, Lane, and Brandon) of Riverton, sister-in-law Crystal Kennedy (Pat, Drew, and Blair) of Winnipeg, and the extended McInnes clan, countless friends and colleagues
She is predeceased by her mother Julia Ann Morgan McInnes, brother Gordon McInnes, and father-in-law John Rozecki.
Sandy was born in Winnipeg, attending Balmoral Hall until grade nine, then completed high school at St. Michael's University School in Victoria, British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an undergraduate baccalaureate, and later the University of Manitoba with a Master of Business Administration. Her successful career included tenures at Monsanto, National Leasing and most recently, Red River Community College.
After post-graduate studies Sandy moved to Brandon, Manitoba where she met the love of her life Lance Rozecki. They married in 2001, moved to Oak Bluff, then onto Edson. Sandy and Lance loved to laugh and travel together. In just the first couple years of their relationship they travelled to the fastest car race in the world (Indianapolis 500) and then to the slowest race in the world (Turtle Derby). Sandy loved that irony. They were able to travel with Kailyn and Bryce and were looking forward to many more adventures together.
Sandy was diagnosed at a young age with a rare liver disease and shortly after moving to Alberta was put to the top of the transplant list. Eleven months after her transplant, to the amazement of her medical team, Kailyn was born in Edmonton. The Rozecki clan returned to Oak Bluff to be near family and friends, and for weekly jaunts to the Lake of the Woods. Bryce joined the family shortly thereafter, making the family complete.
Sandy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, in-law, friend and colleague. She enjoyed summers at the Lake, was always keen to learn new things, and was fiercely dedicated to maintaining her physical health (much to the delight of her two dogs who will miss her dearly). Anyone lucky enough to meet Sandy discovered her strong commitment to family, her wonderful sense of humour and heard her perspectives on life. She was tenacious, had excellent oration skills and often won debates with wit, fortitude and a strong sense of resolve. She deeply loved her family and friends, always willing and available to help anyone in need. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She faced her battle with grace, humour, dignity and bravery. We miss her greatly.

Thank you for teaching us what it means

"If there ever comes a day when we
can't be together, keep me in your heart,
I'll stay there forever." - A.A. Milne

Donations in honour of Sandy can be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Very sorry to hear of this. I was a classmate of Margie - Posted by: Charles Crossin (Lake of the woods neighbour) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We never got to know her well, but sure wish we had gotten to know her more. Virtual hugs to all the family. Remember she will always be with you in your hearts. - Posted by: Chris, Shawn and Chase Charriere (Friends) on: Apr 28, 2021

  • I was in the same grade with Sandy's sister, Margie, at Balmoral Hall. Margie mentioned Sandy many times. My heart and blessings go to Sandy and all the family and friends. Hugs and elbow bumps. - Posted by: a.j. brown (acquaintance) on: Apr 27, 2021

  • I worked with Sandy years ago at National Leasing. I remember her feisty, friendly personality. Her smile lit up any room she walked it. Although it has been years since I have seen Sandy, I think of her with the fondest of memories. Peace and comfort to her family during this time of loss. - Posted by: Tammy Kasak (Former CoWorker) on: Apr 27, 2021

  • Thinking of you Lance, Kailyn, Bryce -- the McInnis family and Rozecki family -- and sending my sincere condolences at this difficult time. Sandy was a remarkable woman and she will be missed by so many. Thank you for sharing her transplant story and how she amazed her medical team. May the wonderful memories you have be kept safely in your hearts. Colleen Olafson - Posted by: Colleen Olafson (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • I will always remember Sandy with her infectious laugh and devious smile as she hurled herself off the dock, cannonball-style, fully intending to swamp those of us below! Her ebullient spirit was such critical spoke in the McInnes wheel. I’m a better person for having known her. God bless you Sandy... - Posted by: Ashleigh Banfield (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • My very deepest condolences to family and friends. Sandy was an amazing person. We worked at national and she was funny and had a way of lighting up anyone’s day. Her kindness was from the heart and her humour and laugh was infectious. I’m so heartbroken to hear of her passing, I can’t even imagine how the family is feeling. Blessings to you all and strength during this time. Xoxo ❤️ - Posted by: Carolina Thomas (Friend ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Dear Sandy. I am proud to have known you and can’t believe you had to leave us. You will be so missed by so many. Thank you for all the laughter and love over all the years. Rest well Love. - Posted by: Alan Ford (Friend ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • I was sad to see Sandy's picture in todays Free Press. I only have good memories of her from our times at SAAN's Marketing department. She was a lot of fun. I feel for you as I lost my husband, and my kids their father, to cancer too soon as well. I bid you courage. You are my thoughts. - Posted by: Hélène Bilodeau (Colleague) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • What I remember most about Sandy is her smile and her laugh. I remember times at the lake just enjoying being around the family that was so close and so loving. Sandy was always so warm and welcoming to me. The McInnes clan always made me feel part of the family when I was with them. Sandy, you were a big part of that. Thank you and I’ll miss you. - Posted by: Sherri Cairns (Family friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • I worked with Sandy at National Leasing. She was my first cheerleader in the gym and on my walks. She was so incredibly easy to have a conversation with on any topic and it usually ended with a laugh. I missed her when she left to go work elsewhere. I'm absolutley gutted to hear of her passing. My condolences to the family. Sandy Strong indeed! - Posted by: Fiona Plischke (Former co-worker) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Lance, Kailyn and Bryce, We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your wife and mother. She was a very remarkable lady, full of determination and a very strong will. May your many happy memories and pictures help as you grieve. Our deepest sympathies go out to you, and our thoughts are with you at this very sad time in your lives. Condolences to the McInnes and Rozecki families. Sandy will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Lloyd & Jeannette Roche - Posted by: Lloyd & Jeannette Roche (Friends) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Sandy was a wonderful woman. So friendly and always with a smile on her face at Byce's hockey games. It was a pleasure to know her. So sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts go out to Lance and the kids. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Josi Johns (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

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