Sanda Weitzel


A Mass of Christian Burial for 75-year old Sanda Weitzel of St Paul, NE, will be held Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 4:00 CT at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St Paul, with the Revs Vince Parsons and Art Faesser concelebrating the Mass. 

The service will be livestreamed on the Facebook page for Peters Funeral Home in St Paul at

A rosary will be recited at the church before the Mass at 3:30.

A private family burial will be held at a later date in the Oregon Trail Memorial Park Cemetery in Bridgeport.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials given to the John & Sanda Weitzel “Class Act” scholarship fund.

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Sanda K. Weitzel was born on Nov 27, 1947, in Sioux City, IA, to Edward “Skinny” and Isabel (Middleton) McNabb. She passed away Monday, May 15, 2023, at Crane Gardens in Grand Island, NE, surrounded by her family.

Sanda grew up in Bridgeport, Nebraska, and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1966. She married John A. Weitzel on December 17, 1965, in Bridgeport. 

Sanda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College and went on to become a dedicated K-8 teacher, working at several elementary schools during her career. Those included Banner School District 30, Elba public schools, and the St Paul elementary school system. She officially retired from teaching in 2014, but continued substituting post-retirement.

Sanda was an active member of St Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs, where she regularly shared her gift of music by playing organ and piano. She was also an active Sidney and St Paul Catholic community member. 

Sanda was a passionate and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, knitting, baking, and cooking and had an open-door policy, and if you left her home hungry, it was your fault.

Sanda will be deeply missed by all who know her.

Sanda is survived by her children and their spouses: Paul and Lynn Weitzel of Woodbury, MN, Craig Weitzel of Erie, CO, Michele and Jeff Housh of Hay Springs, Tami and Kevin Reilly of St. Paul, and Amy and Matt Oliver of Grand Island; 20 grandchildren: Jordan (Ryan), Brooke (Bryan), Jaycee, Jaelyn (David), Christian, McKenna (Jacob), Jillian, Stella, Grace, Reese, Hudson, Reegan, Paxton, Andrew, Madyn, Brogan, Blake, Declan, Maeve and Jameson; five great-grandchildren: Zella, Case, Millie, Wrenley & Baker; brother, Eddy and Nadine McNabb of Bayard; and brother-in-law, James Woznick of Bridgeport.

She was preceded in death by her husband John on Aug. 10, 2020; her parents; sister Jarolyn Woznick; in-laws Albert and Mary Lou Weitzel; and brother-in-law Mike Wrage.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family of Sanda Weitzel