Sandra J. Gipe
Sandra J. Gipe
Sandra J. Gipe, 71, died unexpectedly Feb. 26, 2014, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Rutland, June 11, 1942, the daughter of Joseph F. and Barbara (Richardson) Miglorie.
Sandra was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and the College of St. Joseph, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education.
Upon graduation, Sandra joined a very special “family” of educators at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden. Sandra loved her years at Barstow and cherished her relationships with fellow staff members, which continued with regular lunches after her retirement in 2004. Sandra loved and touched the hearts of every student she came in contact with, and every child was her favorite student.
Fitness and exercise were important to Sandra, and she was an instructor and director of aerobics at Great Expectations in Rutland and, later, at Pico Sports Center.
Sandra was a retired member of the Killington Fire and Rescue Dept., where she was an EMT and certified Level 1 firefighter. She also served as vice president and president for several years.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 43 years, James D. Gipe of North Clarendon; five sons, Keith Lafaso, Joseph Lafaso, Kevin Lafaso, Matthew Lafaso and Scott Lafaso, all of Rutland; two daughters, Lisa Clarke of Fort Myers, Fl., and Karen Lafaso of Rutland; and friend and stepdaughter, AnnMarie Draycot-Doherty and family of Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Miglorie and partner, Jack Ward of Boston, Ma.; a sister, Pamela Rushton and husband, Norman, of Brandon; and a sister, Amy Bevacqua and family of West Hartford, Conn. Sandra dearly loved her 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and her many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her granddaughter and best friend, Ashley Ellis in 2009.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
A reception will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Foley Cancer Center, Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home.