Sandra Blaney Sullivan Alderman, 76, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the Brandon Woods skilled care center in Lawrence, Kan.

She was born to Alexander and Ethel (Rourke) Blaney Feb. 28, 1941, in Toronto, Ontario. She moved with her family to Kendall, at the age of three. Sandra graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with a bachelor of science in elementary education in 1964, and earned a master of science in special education from UW-L in 1971. During her 31-year-long teaching career, Sandra shared her enthusiasm for learning with elementary, middle school, and high school students in Madison, Sparta, and Black River Falls.

After retiring in 1999, Sandra enjoyed an active social life with her family and numerous friends. Highlights included travel to Scotland, Alaska, and China.

Sandra was married to Robert Sullivan from 1963 until his death in 1969, and to Roger Alderman from 1973, until their divorce in 1982. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary of Kendall, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Education Association, and the Wisconsin Education Association. She was also an active member of the Onalaska Methodist Church.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Ethel Blaney; her brother, Alexander Blaney; and her brother-in-law, Dean Stiles. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Stiles; her brother, James Blaney, and his wife, Mona; her sister-in-law, Janice Blaney; her daughters, Susan Cary (Dan) and Jacquelyn Blaney; her son, David Alderman; and her four grandchildren, Bridget Cary, Joseph Cary, Patrick Cary, and Samuel Alderman.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Evangelical Free Church in Kendall, with burial at the Glendale Cemetery and reception to follow at the Kendall Community Center. Memorial donations may be given to the Wessler Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, P.O. Box 1148, La Crosse, WI 54602-1148. Online condolences may be offered at

The Lanham Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting with the arrangements.