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Sandra Edwards

Sandra Kay Edwards, 70, of Caseyville, born Saturday, November 18, 1950 in Des Moines, IA and passed away peacefully at her home in Caseyville, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Sandra was strong willed, wonderful and blessed, she had a heart of gold, never met a stranger and was always ready to help. She enjoyed and was always ready for a good card game or playing a lucky slot machine.  She loved her family more than life and was always happiest when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were with her.

She was preceded in death by her children, Christopher Calandro and Kimberly Russelburg; her father, Charles H. Beatte.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas M. Edwards of Caseyville; her children, Mendi (David) West of Henderson, KY, John (Misty) Calandro of Collinsville, and Stacey Hampton of Highland; Mother, Delphine (nee Hamel) Beatte of Collinsville; grandchildren, Kelly Dunn, Brittney Calandro, Christopher Calandro Jr., Gage (Savannah Hobbs) Puckett, Alexis Calandro, Brooke Calandro David West Jr, Heather Muench, Joey Geromiller and Brooke Geromiller; great-grandchildren, Mia Ross, Emery, Trent, Tytus, Waylon, Emersyn and two more on the way; a sister, Christine (Billy) Brannam of Collinsville; her brothers, Butch Beatte of St. Augustine, FL, Charles (Kathy) Beatte of Park Hills, MO, Roger (Dianne) Beatte of Collinsville, and Adam (Stacy) Beatte of Alton; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Research Center, St. louis, MO.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

A Celebration of service will be held at a later date.

Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, is in charge of the arrangements.

A Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I keep hearing a voice that says,

“Grieve not for me.  Remember the best times,

the laughter, the song.  The good life I lived

while I was strong.  Continue my heritage,

I’m counting on you.  Keep smiling and surely

the sun will shine through.  My mind is at ease,

my soul is at rest.  Remembering all,

how I truly was blessed.  Continue traditions,

no matter how small.  Go on with your life,

don’t worry about falls.  I miss you all dearly,

so keep up your chin.  Until the day comes

we’re together again.”

– Author Unknown

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