DeGrazia, Sandra

June 19th, 2011

Sandra M. (Schier) DeGrazia, “Sandy”, age 68, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2011, at home with her family by her side.

Born in Lynn on June 17, 1943, Sandy was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Espinola) Schier. She was raised in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1962. Growing up, Sandy was lovingly called “Mike” by her father because she was more like a son to him than a daughter. Sandy was always interested in what he was doing, whether it be working in the basement at the tool bench, or working outside, she loved to be with her dad.

After graduation, Sandy attended Essex Aggie Institute for hairdressing and graduated from there in 1963. Sandy went on to be a hairdresser for over 40 years, Sandy worked at Penthouse Boutique Hairdressing Salon which was located in Wilmington for many years and is currently located in Tewksbury, there she befriended her co-workers as well as many clients, she made relationships that lasted a life-time, and they will miss her.

Sandy was married to her husband Don in 1965 and they moved to Woburn. Shortly after that, the family relocated to Billerica where they raised their three children. Sandy enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her two granddaughters. She was a courageous woman and dealt with much adversity in her life. She was truly a fighter and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Sandy was the beloved wife of Donald M. DeGrazia of Chelmsford, loving mother of Jill May and her husband Gerald of Bryan, TX, Jack DeGrazia of Tewksbury, and Arian DeGrazia of Chelmsford, devoted “Nana” of Alycia DeGrazia and Brianna May, dear sister of Sally Nicosia and her husband William of Lynn, Elaine Cutler of Londonderry, NH and Stephen Schier of Salem, MA.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the family lot at Rowley Cemetery, Rowley, MA. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 24, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sandy’s name can be made to VNA Care Network and Hospice, 333 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, MA 01772.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “DeGrazia, Sandra”

  1. John MacGrath says:

    To the DeGrazia Family, I didn’t know Sandra, I know one of her daughters she must have been a wonderful woman and I’m so sorry for you’re loss…..

    God saw you getting tired,
    When a cure was not to be.
    So He wrapped his arms around you,
    and whispered, “Come to me”.
    You didn’t deserve what you went through,
    So He gave you rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful,
    He only takes the best
    And when I saw you sleeping,
    So peaceful and free from pain
    I could not wish you back
    To suffer that again.

  2. Wally Malett says:

    Jack and family, I am sorry for your loss,our heart felt sympathy goes out to each of you.

  3. Melanie Tompkins says:

    Words cannot begin to express our sorrow in the passing of your dear mother. Although we didn’t ever have the pleasure of meeting her, we have had the great fortune to know you and there is no doubt that you got your warm, loving heart and caring nature from her. May you find peace in knowing that she is finally free from pain and with her maker. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. We love you.
    Melanie & Mal

  4. Nancy Volel says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss and offer you this Irish Blessing:

    Remembered Joy

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!
    I follow the plan God laid for me.
    I saw His face, I heard His call,
    I took His hand and left it all…
    I could not stay another day,
    To love, to laugh, to work or play;
    Tasks left undone must stay that way.
    And if my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss…
    Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
    My life’s been full, I’ve savoured much:
    Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch.
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
    Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.
    Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
    Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

  5. EJ Velasco says:

    I never got a chance to meet her, But I heard nothing but good things about her from her Granddaughter Alycia. Y’all are in my prayers

  6. Pat (Mallett) Horner says:

    I was so sad to hear of your great loss. As difficult as this loss is, know that she is in a beautiful, peaceful and pain free place.
    May you all find comfort and peace in remembering all of the wonderful and joyous times with her. She will always be with you.

  7. Linda Novello says:

    Dear DeGrazia Family, I am so sorry to hear that Sandy has passed. She was a wonderful person and a very good friend to my parents, throughout the years (Isabel and George Novello). She will be deeply missed and will be remembered as one of Annette’s Guardian Angels now. I wish you all the best through this most difficult time.

  8. Ruth walton says:

    Ari, I know how much you loved your Mom. A large piece of of my soul has been with you. You know how much i love you. Find strength and comfort from the people all around you who all love you and who are all here for you. Be strong, my Goddess girl. Big hugs,, Roo

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