Sandy Rufener

November 15, 1945 - May 24, 2019
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Sandy Rufener, age 73 of Lima, passed early Friday morning, May 24, 2019 at her residence. She was born November 15, 1945 in Lima, Ohio to the late Chester James and Lillian Florence Kilpatrick Sykes. On August 10, 1968 she married David W. Rufener who survives.

Sandy graduated in 1967 from Ohio State University with a degree in education and received her Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Huntington University in Indiana. She retired in 2005 as a teacher, her career started with the Lima City School, then spent 19 1/2 years with Temple Christian School, followed by 12 years on staff at Shawnee Alliance Church. She is a member of Cable Road Alliance Church. Sandy was passionate about service to the church and helped with the single mom’s group at Cable Road Alliance Church.

She also had belonged to the Children’s Conservation League and the New Beginnings group. Her life was helping others and meeting with people, mainly women giving them encouragement and counseling. She will be remembered for her big personality, giving to others, helping in a loving Christian way, and being an enthusiastic thrift store shopper. Family was everything to Sandy and she loved being a grandma.

Survivors also include 3 sons – Patrick (Amy) Rufener of Wooster; Peter (Heidi) Rufener of Saline, MI; Jeremy (Kate) Rufener of Warren, IN; 1 daughter – Mary (Wendell) Moon of Nashville, TN; 8 grandchildren – Hannah, Caleb, Jack, Olivia, Trey, Levi, Silas, and Theodore.

She was preceded in death by 3 brothers – Neil Sykes, Merlyn Skyes, Eldon Sykes, and a sister – Eleanor Luginbuhl.

Funeral services will begin 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Cable Road Alliance Church, 2264 N Cable Road, Lima. Pastors Peter Rufener, Tim Lewis, and Richard Jueckstock will officiate. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Cable Road Alliance Church and one hour prior to services Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Cable Road Alliance Church or the Coleman Professional Services.

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Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cable Road Alliance Church


2264 N. Cable Road, Lima, OH, 45807

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019


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Born: November 15, 1945
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Died: May 24, 2019

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Jerry Hawk posted on 5/31/19

I am very sad to hear of Sandyโ€™s passing she was a great friend and mentor to many people during her live including my Mother. I will always remember her beautiful smile and the glitter on her face that always made me smile. My prayers are with Dave and the family at this time of grieving


Becky Layman Schultze posted on 5/29/19

So very sorry for your loss. Sandy was always spreading happiness. She always sparkled even as a young girl. I first knew her when I was 9 and she was 11 yrs old. I looked up to her . May God give you peace and comfort.


John and Nadine Collier posted on 5/29/19

Dave and family, John and I are so sorry for your loss. Sandy was so vibrant and passionate about God. She served him well in guiding others to his Grace and Truth. She was a wonderful mentor to me as well. Sandy will truly be missed, but thank God we have the assurance that we will all meet again. We are praying that you all find comfort during this time in God's Promises. Our love to you all!


Cindy (Rader) Bowersock posted on 5/29/19

My thoughts and prayers to Dave and family. Sorry that I won't be able to attend Sandy's celebration of life today as we are still in FL. She made such a difference in my life and I will never forget her. Cindy (Rader) Bowersock


Marsha Scott posted on 5/28/19

In memory of Sandy Rufener, Marsha Scott lit a candle


Nikki Metcalf posted on 5/28/19

Praying for your entire family! God used her to touch so many lives. She genuinely cared for her students, family, friends and her Savior. It is wonderful to know you will see her again and I hope you find a peace in that.


Eric Royse posted on 5/28/19

All of my thoughts and prayers with the Rufener family and especially Patrick. I know how you feel about your mom - I know she was proud of you and you will always honor and remember her and be strong for your family.


Eric Royse posted on 5/28/19

Thoughts and prayers are with the Rufener family especially to Patrick. I know you will be strong for your family and always will honor and cherish your mother.


Iris posted on 5/28/19

I am very sorry for your loss. It is difficult to find the right words to express during a time of grief. But I hope and pray that your family can find comfort in the promise that God will surely remember our loved ones that have passed and promises a remarkable hope for them and us. (John 5:28, 29)


Michele Wells posted on 5/28/19

Sandy was in a class that I taught and brought such joy and life each time I encountered her. I am so sorry for your loss. What a great light she was shinning for Christ. Rest in Heaven Sandy!


Gary and Shannon Reese posted on 5/28/19

Dave and Family, our deepest condolences, shared mourning, and prayers for you all for the sudden loss of Sandy. What a blessing she was to all of us at Cable Road! We're thinking especially of your time with our Sunday Morning SS class and Tuesday night life group. Words don't do real well and we know Sandy is rejoicing with Jesus while we miss her temporarily until we are joined again in heavenly fellowship. God's blessings on you all and Hold Steady Dave.


Troy Wilbert posted on 5/27/19

Condolences from the Wilbert family! Troy and Kimika. Troy was a student of hers at North JR. High in the 80โ€™s!


Keske posted on 5/26/19

Sorry for your loss. Prayers. Art and Shirley Keske


Nancy Briggs posted on 5/26/19

I will miss you here on earth, but will meet you again in Heaven. My love and prayers for Dave and your wonderful family as they adjust to your loss.


Denise Fett posted on 5/26/19

Prayers for the family & friends of this sweet lady. Heaven gained another Angel. ๐Ÿ˜‡


Sharon Stanfill posted on 5/26/19

Dear Peter and Heidi, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. My prayers are with you and your family. Love & prayers, Sharon Stanfill


Carol Hill posted on 5/26/19

Dear Jeremy, May you and your family feel the peace and comfort of our Savior as you go through the loss of your mother. I will be praying for a all of you. Carol Hill Huntington


Gayle E Tawney posted on 5/26/19

I will truly miss you.


Vincent Buccirosso posted on 5/26/19

My deepest sympathy for your loss. She is in heaven with GOD. You will see each other again. GOD bless.


Rick Geesy posted on 5/26/19

My condolences to Dave and family. My prayers are with you as you mourn earth's loss and heaven's gain.


Patti Gilbert Lane & Garrett Gilbert posted on 5/26/19

Peter and Heidi, So sorry for your loss, prayers go out to you and your family.


Kimerly Adkins-Alberts posted on 5/26/19

I am remember her she my teacher over at North Jr High..She will deeply missed. Until we meet again.


Ann Hauenstein posted on 5/26/19

Thoughts and prayers to all of you. She was a wonderful lady, I enjoyed having her as an educator at North Middle School. She will be missed. Rest In Peace ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ


Chari Solomon posted on 5/25/19

In memory of Sandy Rufener, Chari Solomon lit a candle


Kevin L Sykes posted on 5/25/19

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.


Paula cortes posted on 5/25/19

So very sorry for your loss. Sandy was a very caring woman with a very bright personality. Heaven is even brighter with her in it.. May God bless all of you with peace and comfort