Joan S. Sanford (Schneider)

Joan Sanford - Greece, NY - Rochester Cremation

GREECE, NY: Joan S. Sanford (Schneider) August 23, 2022 at age 85.

Joan is predeceased by husbands Robert J. Schneider, Gerald K. Sanford, step-son Gerald R. Sanford.

She is survived by daughters, Katherine LeClair, Linda Gandy, daughter in law, Andrea (Terry) Cavanaugh; 7 grandchildren, Bryan (Cassie) Adams, Elizabeth (Eduardo) Aguilera, Matthew (Caily) Schneider, David Schneider, Robert Gandy, George Gandy, Sean (Andrea) Cavanaugh; 7 great-grandchildren Alexander & Aria Aguilera, Josaphine & Charlotte Adams, Audrey Schneider, Amelia & Riley Cavanaugh, nieces, nephew, cousins and her many friends. Her beloved pets Kailey & Missy.

Joan retired from NYS Department of Labor. Volunteered for many years at Unity Hospital. Joan was an avid Rochester Americans and Red Wings fan. She enjoyed bowling, Square Dancing, camping, crocheting, and knitting. Joan was a fun and competitive game player.

She was also a fierce animal lover and advocate.

Donations to Lollipop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester in Joan’s memory.

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 10:00am-1:00pm at Rochester Cremation, 1118 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14626. Private Interment will be held at the convenience of family. 


19 Condolences

  1. Ariane Bilodeau on August 25, 2022 at 12:41 am

    ((Hugs)) I know that this is one of the hardest things in life to go through. Find joy in your memories and hold the people you love close. ❤️

  2. Scott Storti on August 25, 2022 at 8:04 am

    We are so sorry for your loss, we know this is a tough time for you all, we will keep you in our prayers and hope you all find peace. Try to keep all of the memories you have close to your heart.

    • TerryAnn Finocchiaro on August 26, 2022 at 8:15 am

      Joan was a co worker of mine at Dept Of Labor.I absolutely adored Joan,such a sweet wonderful lady.She almost was going to babysit my infant son,but I had found a friend close by.Sadden to hear of her passing.Sincere sympathy for her family.
      TerryAnn Finocchiaro

  3. Les and Diane Cook on August 25, 2022 at 9:33 am

    I met Joan at Unity as volunteers. Our friendship grew, and she spent many afternoons playing euchre with us and enjoying a nice dinners. Her passing was so sudden and very difficukt to accept. She was so active and independent. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  4. Sharie Webster on August 25, 2022 at 11:31 am

    My heart hearts for each and everyone of you. Unfortunately there are no right words to help ease your pain, but hopefully her memories will give you peace and comfort.

  5. Freda Williams-Roberts on August 25, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    My condolences to the family. Joan and I worked together for years. She was a fun loving person and always had a smile to share. May you be blessed with God’s guidance and strength during this difficult time.

    Freda Williams-Roberts

  6. Tom Murphy on August 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Joan was my hockey buddy. She had a great love for the Amerks and whenever we saw one another, we would always talk hockey. She now has the best seat in the house to watch all the hockey games played. To her family, the good memories will eventually ovvercome your sadness now. RIP Joan.

  7. Larry Bohart on August 25, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was an older cousin of mine, but she was fun to be with when she visited Cincinnati. Facebook allowed us to re-connect, and it’s been great to follow her life. I’m sure you have many fond memories to help you grieve. Prayers for all of Joan’s family!

  8. Janice Wiggins on August 26, 2022 at 9:44 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Joans passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Kathy and family, we wish you much comfort and peace art this difficult time!
    With our Love, Janice and Marc Wiggins

  9. Frank Ragusa on August 26, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Very sorry to learn of your moms’ passing. We enjoyed our time together as next door neighbors way back when. We remained good friends ever since as our families went to different neighborhoods. Always shared a laugh when we were together. A good friend and a great lady. We will miss her. With our condolences , Frank and Linda Ragusa, daughters Pam Pecorella and Lisa Ragusa

  10. Wanda Callahan on August 26, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Joan & Jerry were active square dancers in the Rochester community who brought enthusiasm and a love of the activity to many. Our sympathies to her family.

    Mike & Wanda Callahan

  11. Mark Meuse on August 26, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family Kathy at this time of your loss of Mom Friend and confident you are blessed

  12. Mary Daniels on August 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    So sorry to hear about Joan’s passing. I knew her from the Department of Labor and recently through our monthly dinner group. She was always so cheerful and upbeat. My thoughts and prayers are with you – her family. I know this is a great loss for you.

  13. Mary Haley on August 26, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Kathy and Linda…We were very sadden to see that your mom has passed away. We all talked this morning of our memories. Kathy (Jack) about all the camping outings. Colleen and I bowling with her and Colleen’s son and daughter-in-law lived around the corner from Joan where she use to walk buddy. Her grand kids, Jack and Quinn loved seeing Buddy. Mary Haley, Kathy Leiston, Colleen Scotney.

  14. Chris Haase on August 26, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    To all the family members of Joan I Was so sorry to hear about her passing I had the pleasure of working for her and seeing her at least once a month If there’s anything I can do for your family please don’t hesitate to let me know

  15. Andrea and Bob Warren on August 28, 2022 at 4:39 am

    To Linda Robert and George, Bob and I were really sorry to hear your sad news. Although we are thousands of miles away, Our thoughts and love are with you.

  16. Donna Carlson on August 30, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Kathy and Linda I just heard of your mother’s passing this morning. I saw her at some of the Hilton senior dinners and the Senior trip in June. We had a few laughs remembering the time one of you babysat for our kids and the Christmas tree got knocked over. The boys said you did it and they helped you pick it up and put it back together. Don’t think you ever set us straight on that story.

    Your mom and I exchanged phone numbers and planned on getting together for lunch. I looked for her at the last few functions in Hilton but didn’t see her. A perfect example of “do it now before it’s too late”. My prayers are with you both and your families.

    Donna Carlson

  17. Vicki Laskoski-Domhoff on August 30, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Linda & Kathy
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying that you feel The Lords comfort during your healing & always.

  18. Lollypop Farm on September 19, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Our thoughts are with Joan’s family and friends at this sad timel

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