Sandra ‘Sandy’ Mihalovic

Sandra “Sandy” Joan Mihalovic passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022, at Mayo hospital in La Crosse at the age of 84. She was blessed to be with her family to support and comfort her during her final days. Sandra was born in La Crosse to Helen and Norman Selck on September 21, 1937.

Sandy is survived by one sister, Sheila (Steve) Lupie.

Sandy truly lived a full life and gave so much to her family and community. Sandy began as a registered nurse at the La Crosse Hospital after graduating from Central High School and later earning her bachelor’s degree from St. Francis School of Nursing of La Crosse.

Sandy and her husband, Dan, raised three boys, all in La Crosse. Scott (Polly), Eric (Tonya) and Kevin (Darcie). She also is survived by her grandchildren, Mindy (Matt) Durtsche, Mareah (Josh), Emily (Noah), Glennie (Alex) Whitfield and Quinn Mihalovic, and her great-grandchildren Lily, Gavin, Haley, Gianna and Emery.

As if raising her three boys was not a big enough challenge, she worked second shift for many years and later went back to school for her master’s in nursing, obtaining her degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the age of 51, with an emphasis in geriatrics. She worked at the La Crosse hospital, St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, Bethany St. Joe’s and Tomah VA, finishing her career at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Sandra served as nursing director at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home.

In addition to being a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, Sandy was well-known for her cooking and card playing, including playing Mahjong with her friends. She and Dan were long-time members of several bridge playing groups, and Sandy’s competitive nature and abilities often carried the day. Sandy loved her family and frequently put together picture albums for her sons and their families spanning their various activities and growth over time. These were always done with special pride and meaning and something that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Sandy and her family would request that memorials be sent and/or made out to the YWCA or Viterbo University in her name.

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life, don’t ever waste it.”

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 Division St., La Crosse. Pastor Joanne Richmond will officiate. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until time of services. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at