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Sandra L. “Sandi” Rowe

Nov 12, 1950 - May 29, 2019


Sandra Lynn “Sandi” Rowe born in Evanston, IL to Dr. Robert and Jane Mitchell on November 12, 1950 passed away on May 29, 2019 at the age of 68 in Sheboygan. Attended Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL, graduating in the class of 1967. She was an honors graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana in 1970. Sandi majored in: French, Spanish, and English and also spoke German. She married her high school sweetheart, Lynn Rowe, on May 15, 1971 and they just celebrated their 48th anniversary. Sandi was mother of two children, Dustin and Tanner. Sandi worked as a realtor in Eau Claire, WI and then joined Lynn, working side by side in their distribution business, Buy Design Sales Group, in the ski, outdoor and footwear fields. In 1993 they moved to Oostburg, WI and continued the business, working together for over 40 years, retiring in 2017.

Sandi and Lynn started going together at the ages of 14 and 17 and did everything together before and after marriage (Sandi 20, Lynn 23). They had an almost fairytail life together starting out with 3 years in Bavaria, on Chiemsee, Germany’s largest lake. Sandi and Lynn loved to travel and over the years visited many provinces in Canada, all but a couple of US states, all of Western Europe, Israel, India, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

In 1979 Sandi and Lynn were confronted by their 5yr old son, Dustin who told them that: “God was Jesus, and Jesus was the Holy Ghost.” As a result, they explored and soon dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ. The principals were applied to life and home as well as the business. Sandi was involved with short term missions, enjoyed regular Bible studies, and participation in church activities.

Sandi was dedicated to her family, always looking for positive ways to teach her children, and participate in their lives. In business she was a masterful administrator and organizer. She found something good in every person and was always ready to dedicate her time to church, friends, and conservative thought. She was a planner, scholar, dedicated researcher, and had clear and humble presentation skills.

Through her mother’s background in Door County, Sandi was introduced as a child and never lost her love for the area. In 1979 her parents purchased a condo in Egg Harbor, WI which became the place for family summer activities including time with Lynn. Tanner’s arrival in Door County to work for Stones Throw Winery and subsequent marriage to Mandy, soon created a new special interest for Sandi in the form of grandchildren. Both Gage and Lily became the love of her life and her face would light up each time she saw them. She tirelessly played with them, teaching along the way, and always with a positive, constructive and patient influence.

Sandi is survived by husband, Lynn Rowe, Oostburg, WI; sons, Dustin Rowe, Carbondale, CO and Tanner Rowe (Mandy) Egg Harbor, WI; grandchildren, Gage and Lily; sisters, Carol Miles (Joseph) Urbana, IL and Nancy Walker (Tom), Littleton, CO and brother, James Mitchell (Kathy), Aurora, CO.

Sandi was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Robert Herbert Mitchell – Cpt USN and family practice in Park Ridge, IL and mother, Jane Spalsbury Mitchell – Medical Lab Technologist, raised in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

A Joy of Life service will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 118 S. 8th St., Oostburg, WI on June 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to: Great Marriages of Sheboygan County. Condolences may be expressed online at

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Jun 22, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: First Presbyterian Church [map]


Date: Saturday Jun 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: First Presbyterian Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Holly Grignon

Lynn, Tanner & Family, Please know our thoughts are with you during this sad time! Sandi was such a joyful spirit within our association, she will be missed greatly! MWSRA-Midwest Winter Sports Reps Association

David Holland

So sorry to hear the news of Sandi's passing. She was such a kind person. Always upbeat. She will be missed.


My deepest sympathies to the Rowe family. I was fortunate to have spent several years interacting with Lynn, Sandi and Tanner. We shared some great times and had a lot of laughs together. Sandi was a wonderful person and her great spirit was infectious to all.

Jim and Kathie Mitchell

Love you Sandi - We will miss you

Marcie Warden

Dear Lynn and family, I am so sad to hear about your loss. Sandi was a cheerful, fun and thoughtful cousin! She was such a gracious hostess for my brother and me when we came to Tanner and Mandy’s wedding, taking the time to be with us and make sure we were having a good time. I have been reflecting on all the wonderful times I had growing up with visits to see our cousins, Sandi and Lynn visiting my parents house during college and other visits over the past years. I am so thankful she made an effort to stay in touch and always made you feel very special!!

Lynn Severson

Lynn and family, we are so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. We rejoice she is with Jesus but weeping with you all as you must miss her terribly. What a joyful, caring person she was. May you sense God’s peace.

Shari McVeigh

I am so sorry for your loss. I consider myself lucky to have known Sandi, even though it was for a short time, she was a wonderful person. May fond memories of Sandi comfort you now and always.

Richard Price

Dear Frater Lynn and family, My deepest sympathy. The "Great Marriages for Sheboygan County" has a quote that I think you and Sandi strongly believed in: "I have seen the best of you and the worst of you and I choose both." Per your request, I will make a contribution in Sandi's name to this wonderful nonprofit organization.

Jason Drake

Lynn, Dustin, & Tanner, It has been so many years but was saddened to hear of Sandi's passing. I have great memories of you all. My thoughts are with you all. Jason Drake

George & Mary Jo Wilson

Sandi was a bright light, for sure! She will be missed.

Allen & Susan Pachmayer

Dear Lynn and Family So sorry to hear of Sandi’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Regards Allen & Susan Pachmayer

Cristina Garrison

Lynn, I'm saddened to hear of this news. Sandi was such a delight and I remember her caring and lovely spirit. I hope you find peace, comfort and healing in a beautiful Lake Michigan summer. Positive vibes heading your way. Always, Cristina and Cara Garrison Forest Bootery

Ann & Chip Camillo

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lynn & Sandi's entire family. Sandi was the type of person who, when you saw her, gave you have the biggest smile. In return, you were grinning from ear to ear just being in her company. Joy is just one emotion you felt when you were with Sandi. It was obvious that she loved her family - esp. her grandchildren - as she first held them in her arms introducing them to us, then smiling indulgently as they walked her down those same aisles. She will be dearly missed by all of us in the MWSRA family.

Tim and Jo Ellen Broetzmann

You have been all over the place and we have been all over the place since the 1970's with our face-to-face contacts with Jaycees and real estate transactions. Sandi looks the same, we pray that you have peace.

Brian Ozzello

Dear Lynn and family My condolences on the passing of Sandi I have fond memories of her and you. She was a special person with calming qualities this world could use more of. Take care of one and another.