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Sandra Shuman Christian, 77, passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Danville.
She was born at Geisinger Memorial Hospital on March 4, 1940, the daughter of the late Harold C. and Marqueen R. Shuman.

Sandra was raised in Lime Ridge, graduating with honors from Bloomsburg High School in 1958.
Her Geisinger birthplace was significant since she was born and bred to be a Geisinger nurse. Following her mother and her two sisters, Sandra graduated from Geisinger School of Nursing (1962) and in that same year married her high school sweetheart, John Christian. She followed her husband to North Carolina for a brief Army stint and then they made their home in Bloomsburg. In 1973, they moved to Danville, where they remained.
Sandra was raised in the United Church of Christ, Berwick, but after marriage became a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bloomsburg, for many years where she served as a Deacon and an Elder. In later years, she was a member of Grove Presbyterian Church, Danville.
Sandra worked briefly for the Geisinger School of Nursing, did private duty nursing and then focused on raising her girls. Later in life she became a real estate agent for Villager Realty, Danville.
In order to spend leisure time with John, Sandra learned the sport of golf and enjoyed many years of golfing at Frosty Valley Country Club, competing in Women's Central Penn Golf tournaments and serving as Director of both organizations. She was twice Women's Club Champion at Frosty Valley Country Club (1980, 1983), and also earned four Club Championships (2000, 2007, 2011, 2012) at Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel, FL where John and Sandy made their winter home for many years. Sandra was relentlessly competitive, and her golfing friends have shared that they preferred being her partner rather than being her opponent. Sandra also enjoyed shopping, bridge, playing Scrabble and doing puzzles, looking forward to the new Cryptoquip puzzle daily. Above all, her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family whom she adored.

In addition to her husband, John, Sandra is survived by two daughters, Beth Christian (Eric Deeter), of Bloomsburg, and Amy Christian, of Santa Fe, N.M.; two sisters, Ann Burgess, of La Mesa, Calif., and Jane Kile (Allen), of Bloomsburg. Sandra also delighted in her three grandchildren, Christian LaMotte (Alyssa), Megan LaMotte and Noquisi Christian-Smith as well as two bonus grandchildren, Bryce Deeter and Sequoia Thron-Smith. The blessing of her last year was the birth of her great-granddaughter, Lorelei Christine LaMotte, with whom she enjoyed daily visits.

Friends will be received from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Monday in the Great Room of Grove Presbyterian Church, 330 Bloom Road, Danville, followed by a memorial service at 4, with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Andrews, Pastor Emeritus, officiating.

The family will provide flowers. In honor of Sandra's mother's nursing career, memorial contributions may be made to the Lutz Nursing Endowment Fund, c/o Geisinger Health Foundation, MC-25-76, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822, or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Visit www.visneski.com.
Published on January 25, 2018
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