Sandra Virginia Bird Norcross White


In loving memory of our mother, Sandra who passed away peacefully in Rochester at Highland Hospital on October 27, 2022 at the age of 94. Sandy was born in Brockton, MA to the late Mildred M. and Gardner C. Norcross. She earned a BS in Home Economics from Syracuse University before moving to Geneva NY to work for the telephone company. She married William Beverly White and helped him build their home on Seneca Lake.

Sandy worked part-time teaching English to enlistees at the Seneca Army Depot while raising two daughters, Cheryl Ann and Jean Carol. She was a Girl Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher at West Fayette Presbyterian Church, a member of Home Bureau and the Ladies Auxiliary for the Varick Volunteer Fire Department. She also earned a BA in Elementary Education from Hobart and William Smith College and taught fifth grade at Romulus Central School until retiring.

Sandy loved RVing around the country with Bev. They belonged to the Good Sam and Carriage Travel Clubs and enjoyed travel with them, along with dances, music, and playing cards. In later years, Sandy enjoyed spending time with friends, along with those who were homebound, and singing in the First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo choir. She served a term as Regent for the Seneca Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Red Hats and the Geneva Women’s Club. Sandy traveled domestically with her family and abroad with her daughter, Jean. She enjoyed family camping trips, picnics at Seneca Lake State Park, and birthday and holiday celebrations.

Sandy is predeceased by her husband Beverly, siblings Gardner C. Norcross, Jr., Meredith Norcross and Adrian Norcross, and grandson Mathew Lotz. She is survived by daughters Cheryl Lotz (Edward/Lee) and Jean Lange (William), grandchildren Heather Appleby (Thomas), Jeffery Lange (Mary Dixie), Lindsay Lotz and Eric Lange, and great-grandchildren Aurora Appleby and Belle Bird Appleby, who was lovingly named after her great-grandmother.

People often described Sandy as a sweet-spirited person. She is deeply loved and greatly missed.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court, Newark NY at 11am on Saturday, December 3rd. Memorial contributions may be made to UR Medicine Hospice, 2180 Empire Blvd. Webster, NY 14580, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the charity of your choice.

1 Comment

  1. Mary and Jim Keys on November 19, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Both Mary and I offer our prayers and sorrow for your loss. I remember the many times Aunt Sandy and Uncle Bev had the family over to the lake for picnics, swimming, cocktails, and just plain ole good times. It was always great fun to have hamburgers from the grill, fresh corn on the cob, and deserts that were to die for. Sandy was always a fun host to the whole family and there when needed. I remember when Bev first brought Sandy to Grandma’s for diner (my age remains a secret) and we all got to see the warm and fun way she interacted. We’ll always miss her and Bev and there is a warm spot in our hearts for her. God Bless the whole family and we hope you know that we all share in your grieve.

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