Sandra Joanne Springmeyer, 81

Sandra Joanne Springmeyer, 81 of Elysian, MN passed away Monday, December 19th at Allina hospital, Faribault, MN. Sandy was born on June 27, 1941 in Northfield, MN to Donald and Hedwig Klinefelter. Following graduation from Northfield High School in 1959, Sandy graduated from Hamline University in 1963. On September 1, 1962 she married Thomas Springmeyer of Owatonna and they were married 51 years.

For over 60 years Sandy dedicated her life to teaching. She began her career as a physical education teacher in Nebraska and Kansas. When Tom and Sandy moved to Owatonna, Sandy taught private, adult, aerobic, and group swimming lessons. She substituted in the Owatonna and Elysian public school districts, and provided private tutoring in her home.

Sandy’s place of solace was her home on Lake Francis where she enjoyed gardening, walking, biking, taking pontoon rides, and swimming across the lake with her students for their final lesson.

Sandy is survived by her daughters Kirstin Springmeyer of Cincinnati, OH and Heidi Springmeyer of Rosemount, MN. Also surviving are her brother, Paul (Anne) Klinefelter of Northfield, MN; sisters-in-law Liz Klinefelter of Signal Mountain, TN, and Sara Springmeyer of Edina, MN; Nephews Paul (Jenny) Springmeyer of Independence, MN and Jeff (Jen) Klinefelter of Minnetonka MN; Nieces Amy Klinefelter of Rochester, MN, Sara Sharpe (Jimmy LaMance) of Hixson, TN, and Anna (Tommy) Chastain of Signal Mountain, TN; and eight great-nieces and -nephews. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Hedwig Klinefelter, her husband Tom Springmeyer, her brother Dr. Donald Klinefelter, and her brother-in-law Dr. Stephen Springmeyer.

Visitation and memorial service will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Saturday January 7th where she is a member. (https://www.ctkwaseca.org/) 309 6th Street NE, Waseca MN 56093. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am at the church and the service at 11:00 am. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers Sandy requested memorials be sent to: Elysian Public Library (132 E. Main St. Elysian, MN 56028), Steele County Historical Society (1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060), Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary (2260 NW 26th St. Owatonna, MN 55060) or personal preference.   The service will be live streamed on Facebook: Christ the King Lutheran Church of Waseca. Internment at Forest Hills Cemetery in Owatonna at a later date.

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