Sandra Elizabeth O’Connor

Sandi OConnor - Rochester Cremation

July 26, 2023, Greece, NY:  Sandra “Sandi” O’Connor (Helwig), 72, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous 2-year battle with cancer.

Predeceased by parents Claude and Rita Helwig, son Michael O’Connor, and infant grandson Connor Tuke.

Survived by her loving children Sean (Christine) O’Connor and Shannon (Ryan) Tuke; beloved granddaughters Violet and Evelyn O’Connor and Lacey, Ella, Rylie and Rose Tuke; brother David (Bridgette) Helwig; nephew David (Laura) Helwig.

Sandi also leaves behind her fur babies Sadie and Sara, many friends including Sandy Belica, Linda Burns, and those she met over the many years she spent working as ‘the voice of RGH’ at the Rochester General Hospital switchboard. She always had a smile and story to share with anyone she crossed paths with.

Memorial service will be held Wed August 2 at 10:30am at Mother of Sorrows, 5000 Mt Read Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612. 

Private interment to follow.  No prior calling hours.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Sandi’s memory to local dog rescue New 2U Rescue, 1857 Dewey Ave, Box 15496, Rochester, NY 14615.

2 Condolences

  1. Melanie Jackson on July 29, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    My deepest condolences! I use to work with Sandi at RGH years ago in the good old days. We had so great times & she was more than a friend she was like a second mom & older sister. We would pick her up at 8 pm for our coffee/smoke break every evening after visit hours were over. I loved our time together & loved her sultry voice. We always kid with her about it. We reconnected years later on FB. She actually came over to visit with us after she learned about my son’s terminal diagnosis of Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. Her sweet giving soul generously donated to his go fund me. She truly was one of a kind. She loved & talked about her family all the time especially her beautiful grand babies. She truly was such an Earth angel. She was also a fighter & inspiration to so many. She will be missed terribly but I know her spirit will be with you all. I know she’s reunited with her son & is at peace. God bless her sweet beautiful soul. Sending prayers, love & light always xo

  2. Linda Burns on August 1, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Celebrating the life of a wonderful woman and mourning her passing with you. I am grateful to have been one of her best friends for over 30 years. I miss our nightly calls when we would check-in with each other.

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