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Sandra D. Hein


IRONWOOD, Mich. - Sandra D. Hein, 73, of Ironwood, died peacefully Saturday evening, March 11, 2017, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, with her loving family by her side.

The former Sandra Potinsky was born March 31, 1943, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Zack) Potinsky. She attended Roosevelt Grade School and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1961. Following graduation, she was employed as a telephone operator at Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in downtown Ironwood for two years.

She was married to Jordan "Butch" Hein on Sept. 15, 1962, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood by the late Monsignor Joseph Seifert.

After raising her family, Sandy went to work at Ben Franklin in downtown Ironwood as a sales clerk and had been employed there for the past 35 years. An excellent painter, she was formerly a member of the Range Art Association. She loved doing arts and crafts, crocheting, drawing, gardening and feeding the chipmunks in her yard, as well as making and selling different patterns of scrubbies. Her favorite pastime was going to the casino, but she especially loved spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandson.

Surviving are her husband, Butch, of 54 years; two daughters, Jodi (Clark) Torma, Ironwood Township, and Leslee Hein, Oshkosh, Wis .; a granddaughter, Kayla (Chad) Lichtenberger, West Bend, Wis .; great-grandson, Ryder Lichtenberger; sister, Linda (Mike) Magdziak, Ironwood; brothers, Tom Potinsky, Wausau, Wis., and Joe (Loreli) Potinsky, Ironwood; brothers- and sister-in-law, Joe "Butch" Soltis, Hartford, Wis., and Cheryl and Joe Vukelich, Ishpeming; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Sandy was predeceased by a granddaughter, Carly Jo Torma, Oct. 11, 1992; sister, Betty "Bunny" Soltis, Feb. 24, 2017; father- and mother-in-law, Jordan and Wilma Hein; nephew, Joel Soltis, in 1993; and sister- and brother-in-law, Marian and Ron Krause.

Out of respect for Sandy's wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell St., in Ironwood, with Pastor Rosemary DeHut officiating.

Luncheon will follow at the Iron Nugget in downtown Hurley.

Spring committal and interment will be in Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Judy's Ride for Cancer, P.O. Box 211, Montreal, WI 54550.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood. Condolences may be expressed online at


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