NORTH TONAWANDA —
Sandra (Sandie) McIntyre Lebrenz Mackey, born in North Tonawanda, New York to Dr. Gerhardt and Beulah McIntyre Lebrenz on June 16, 1938, passed away on April 7, 2013 in Carson City, NV. Her daughter, Roxanne Presswood and longtime partner, Tim Zehhnder were by her side. A sister, Dianne Lebrenz Ramsay, who resides in North Tonawanda, also survives Sandra.
Sandra, a member of the First United Methodist Church, graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1956 and went on to earn her certification in elementary education from Buffalo State Teachers College. She was awarded a scholarship from Syracuse University from which she graduated with a Masters in Education, suma cum laude.
Sandra married and moved to San Jose, CA where she had two children, Roxanne and Scott. She also raised several stepchildren, Doug Jr., Clark, David and SueAnn. Sandra taught elementary school and went on to become an award-winning principal of Milpitas Elementary School where she implemented programs in association with Stanford University. In addition, Sandra was an advocate for Latinos and a fervent supporter and activist for the Women's Rights Movement.
After retirement, Sandra moved to Carson City, NV to be close to her daughter, Roxanne; and grandchildren, whom she adored. Happily, she was able to build her dream home, which offered breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was here, while gazing out her windows, that she was constantly amused and entertained with the mountain wildlife that she loved.
Sandra will be greatly missed by all of those who knew her. She will be remembered for her strength of character and resolve to fight injustice. But it will be her warmth and charm, with a nod to whimsy, that people will recall.
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