1950 – 2014
Putnam – Sandra (Weaver) Vaillant, 63, passed on after a valiant battle with cancer on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was born in Putnam on August 10, 1950, daughter of Esther Weaver of Killingly and graduated from Killingly High School in 1968. She married Gerry Vaillant of Putnam on March 20, 1971 and has resided in Putnam for the last 43 years.
In addition to her husband and her mother, Sandra is survived by three daughters who were her world, Meredith Crabtree and her husband Jim of Brooklyn, Emily Mayo and her husband Luke of Coventry, and Angela Johndrow and her husband Scott of Eastford; five grandchildren that cherished their memere, Molly and Sydney Crabtree, Trevor and Hailey Mayo, and Matthew Johndrow, three brothers, Thomas Weaver of Killingly, Robert Weaver of New Hampshire, and Frances Weaver of Norwich, several nieces, extended family and many special friends.
Sandra worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Franklin Pharmacy and most recently at the Medical Center of Northeastern Connecticut. Nothing made Sandy happier than spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren, who were the apples of their “Mem’s” eyes. She loved watching them grow and play together; no matter what they were doing, they brought a brilliant smile to her face. She loved being outside, enjoying the sun and tending to her plants and flowers. She also loved the beach, especially Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where she spent many summer vacations. Sandy was an avid reader and passed that love onto her children and grandchildren. But her true passion in life was being a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother who was dedicated to taking care of her family.
Sandra will be remembered for the courage, strength, and grace with which she lived her life, especially during the past 3 1/2 years. Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Sandra at a Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence Street in Putnam, CT on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Vaillant family would especially like to thank Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Connecticut, particularly her nurse, Jennifer Petrini, who provided great care, comfort, and friendship to the family during this challenging journey. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.