In Memory of

Sandra K. Specht

May 2, 1936 - June 3, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Sandra K. Specht, 83, of Cherokee, won her battle with cancer and went to be with her loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 3, 2019 at one of the finest care facilities, Heartland Care Center in Marcus.

Sandra Kay (Locke) Specht was born on May 2, 1936 to Watts Andrew and Edythe (Cobb) Locke. She enjoyed being a lifelong resident of Cherokee, Iowa in which she made many lifelong friendships, which she treasured. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1954 and married Morley Specht on May 28, 1954.

She was excellent both in her career at MHI and in her homemaking skills. Her various handmade projects (e.g. crocheting works of art) were recognized often at the Cherokee County Fair. She was an avid animal lover and gardener as well. Yet her favorite animals were her sweet cats.

Sandy, as everyone affectionately called her, was a loving, sweet lady who always dressed beautifully. Yet her beautiful smile and blue eyes, which sparkled with joy and the love of Christ, were always the highlight of her appearance. She knew how to love her cousins, her husband’s brother and family (nieces, nephew, grandnieces, grandnephews, etc.). While not blessed with children of her own, she made many people a part of her family, and she always made each one feel special. She also loved those whom she “adopted.” Children and adults loved spending time with her -including her adopted family members such as the Jameson’s, the Stoelting’s, the Swick family, and the list goes on.

She taught Sunday School for years and lived it. The secret to her love was that it was God’s love in her. She would want you to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord as well because John 3:16 is real: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” And she now sparkles in His loving presence where she heard the words, “Well done.” She won the battle against cancer, and she has entered into the joy of the One who conquered death for her.

As many already know, brain tumors appeared suddenly and stopped her from her normal communication with her family and friends. It was very difficult: She quickly did not remember phone numbers or passwords, yet she did always remember to love and to pray for those she loved. God’s love filled her big heart and she loved everyone without passing judgment. For example, those who were placed in charge of her care (in accordance with her prewritten wishes from years ago) would express how she never lost her sweet spirit throughout the cancer fight. Her only desire was to love the Lord and love everyone. And she did.

Survivors include her cousin by marriage, Imelda Rupp, adopted grandchildren, Stacie Ruth Stoelting Hudzinski and her husband (Pastor Jim Hudzinski) and Carrie Beth Stoelting (of Cherokee), adopted family members and next-door neighbors, Dr. Wendell and Mary Stoelting, and Lisa Jameson and family; a brother-in-law (Jim Specht), a sister-in-law, Donna, and nieces and nephews by marriage: Tammy Baker of Meriden, Terri Specht of Colorado, John Specht of Cherokee, Linda Specht of Cherokee,  Nancie (Brian) Heithus of Milford, and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews and 13 great-great grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom she loved dearly. Other survivors include friends such as Doug Woods, Barry Johnson, Corrine Lundell, the Ashbaugh’s, Bob and Marjorie Godfrey, Marcia Casey, Gloria Brady, Cheri Salter, her special Red Hat Society friends (too numerous to mention at risk of accidentally leaving out a name), former classmates (including Caryl Lee Cline), her neighbors, and former neighbors (including Milly Kleihauer). Her beloved church family members are also her survivors, as well as other friends.

Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Morley, in 2005, her parents, and grandparents along with many special friends, neighbors (including Al Kleihauer), and cousins.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Gary Zwick
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:35 AM
“Sandy is one person we made sure to see when we'd come back to visit at church in Cherokee. She always had a big hug and sweet smile for us. She was our family friend since I can remember. Thanks, Sandy, for your example of faithfulness and loving kindness. You have won your victory in Jesus!”
- Teresa & Stan Roberts
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9:58 AM
“Sandy was the sweetest lady. Always had a smile on her pretty face. Rest well Sandy your with your lord.”
- Barbara Downing Evans
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9:58 AM
“Met Sandy working at The Caravan Kitchen with her and husband Morley. Then later worked at the Mental Institution together. Loved Sandy so very much, was so special to be in her beautiful presence. Will miss and love you forever my friend...knowing you are at peace with your love Morley, and our Lord, gives me comfort...♡♡”
- Krista File
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:45 PM
“Remembering Sandy and her ‘ministry of love ‘. We led excercises together at the nursing home on Monday mornings and then went for coffee and talk . Pecan tassies at Christmas....sooo good!!! After we moved, her Christmas letters were a real treat. She traveled to Cozad, Nebraska for our son’s graduation. She touched our lives in many ways. Well done Sandy Specht, well done!!! ❤️ ”
- Bill and Sandy Poling
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:21 PM
“One of my favorite people! Always smiling, gracious and encouraging. Always a great asset to any of our church functions. She was so brave and faithful during her illness. Rest in God’s eternal love!
- Saundra Hensley
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM
“The world is a better place because Sandy was in it. We will truly miss her but look forward to joining her in celebration in heaven someday. ”
- Nancy Nelson
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM
“Oh how saddened we were to hear of Sandy's passing. She was always so happy and filled with life and love for our Lord. She was so kind to everyone and we loved visiting whenever we saw her. She will be greatly missed by everyone who's path she ever crossed.”
- Patsy and Jerome Day
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM
“I will miss my only Aunt I grew up with . Tea parties and swimming pool fun. I still can't make my candied sweet potatoes as good as hers. Always my favorite thing at our family Thanksgiving meal. You haven't had a pecan tassie until you had hers either ! Yummy She made us a beautiful crochet blanket 30 years ago for our wedding. It is, and forever will be cherished just like my Aunt Sandy. ”
- Nancie Specht Heithus
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:41 PM
“Beautiful picture of a sweet lady, will miss her dearly”
- Corrine lundell
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:41 PM
“I am sorry to hear of her passing, our sympathies and prayers go out to her family and friends. I grew up as Jolene Kahl and I have known her as a fine strong Christian lady all my life. Her strong faith helped me establish my own faith, as she was my Sunday school teacher. She was also very hospitable, and I ate many a good meal at her home. I will greatly miss her, and look forward to the day that I can say hello to her again.”
- Russell and Jolene Bittner
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:41 PM
“Rest Easy, Sandy!!”
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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