Sandra M. Gertz, 85

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WARWICK, R.I. – Sandra M. (Yuffee) Gertz died Jan. 30 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Junius “Babe” Gertz. Together they celebrated 54 years of loving marriage. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and raised in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Anna (Ringer) Yuffee.

Sandra was a graduate of Hope High School, and attended Beth Israel Nursing School. A longtime resident of Cranston and Narragansett, she had recently moved to Warwick. 

Wherever Sandra was, she brought smiles and laughter and the desire to brighten the lives of others. She enjoyed many long and rich friendships, and was well-known to many Rhode Islanders as singer-comedien, Sandy, of Carol & Sandy. She was a founding member of Temple Sinai and its sisterhood, and she sang as a member of the choir for many years. A matriarch of the family, she loved to cook and host the family on holidays and special occasions, where food and spirit were in abundance.

In addition to being a fun and supportive grandmother to her five grandchildren especially when they were young, some of her favorite times were on the stage in lead roles with the Coventry Players. For Sandra, all the world was a stage and she loved music, singing, entertaining, and making people laugh with her great sense of humor.

She was the mother of Barry Gertz and his wife, Sandy, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Shelley Sigal and her husband, Andrew, of Warwick, Nancy Gertz of Newton, Massachusetts, and Betsy J. Gertz of Sarasota, Florida.  She was the sister of Lester Yuffee and his late wife, Sandra, of Bethesda, Marland.   The loving grandmother of Anya, Stefan, Jeremy, Lauren, and Julian and adored step-grandmother of Elizabeth and Mark.  And the cherished great-grandmother of Sadie, Charlie, Penelope and Alice. Sandra was crazy about animals, and most notably Opie, her beloved pup.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Sinai, the ASPCA, or the charity of your choice