Sandra J. Place IRA — It is with a heavy heart that the family of Sandra (Sandy) Joyce Place announces that she died peacefully at her home surrounded by her devoted family on May 16, 2019, after a four year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 65 years young. Sandy was born on December 3, 1953, in Newport, Vermont, the daughter of Loren and Barbara (Johnson) Place. At an early age, Sandy lived at the former Brandon Training School. In her teens, Sandy moved to the home of Irene Stone in Rutland, and the entire family fell in love with her. Because neither she nor the Stone family wanted her to return to the BTS, she was legally made a foster child of John and Avis Stone Orzell and her forever life began. Sandy could be found helping around the family grocery store and playing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After the passing of the Orzells, Susan Orzell Farrell and Peggy Orzell Patch became her legal guardians. Sandy also had the support of Michael McGann, who faithfully served as her financial guardian. Sandy was adored by the children and grandchildren, and had a special friendship with Peggy’s children, Zachary and Emily, with whom she lived for over fifteen years. They were each other’s best friends. Her biological siblings also loved her, kept in close contact with her, and supported her through her illness. Sandy had a youthful personality that combined well with her love of play, games and sports. She had a terrific sense of humor, great memory, and a talent for organizing. Sandy relaxed by coloring, baking, and being outside with the grandchildren. She will be best remembered for her love of children and animals, especially her treasured pets. Sandy was a kind and gentle soul who had only goodness in her heart. She knew only how to be patient and loving. All who knew her, loved her. Sandy is survived by her guardian, Susan Farrell and her husband, John of Ira, their children Erin and Eric Cavalieri of Rutland Town, Beth and Joseph Mormando of Rutland Town, and Katie and Randall Knapp of Hartford, Vermont and their grandchildren Anthony, Vincent, Sophia, Logan, William, and Colin; her guardian, Peggy Patch and her significant other, Gerald Angier of Ira, and Peggy’s children, Emily Patch of Ira, and Zachary Patch and Stephanie St. Lawrence of Mendon, and close family, Susan Rantanen of Rutland. Sandy is also survived by her brothers Edwin Place of Brookfield, Gary Place of East Haven, Loren Damon of Lunenburg; and sisters, Sylvia Place of Middlebury, and Mary Jean Whiting and her husband Leonard of Boscawen, NH, and their adult children Leonard Whiting III and Barbara Ann Whiting and grandchildren Mason, Bethany, Kassidy, Landon, and Kaden; and close family, Betty Trucott. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Joanne Dame; her brother, Steven Place; her uncle, David Johnson, Sr.; her grandmother, Ruth Johnson; and her foster brother, Ronald Orzell. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Church on Church Street in West Rutland, VT. Burial will immediately follow in St. Bridget Cemetery on Main Street, West Rutland. Following services, friends and family are invited to remember and celebrate Sandy at a reception. Sandy’s family sincerely thanks Dr. Loyd West, Dr. Matthew Wilson, and the outstanding nursing staff of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center GYN Oncology and Infusion Lab for their ongoing support and excellent care. The family also greatly appreciates the care given by the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and the visits to Sandy by family and friends. Memorial contributions in Sandy’s name may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763 Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home in West Rutland.

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