Sandra Jeanne Peine was born on October 8th, 1952 in Winona Minnesota to Clarence and Jeanne Budnick. She was the oldest of four girls, her sisters Linda, Cindy and Theresa joined her a few years later. She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1970. While studying there she met her first husband Michael and they married, July 15, 1972 and had two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer. After their divorce, Sandy worked for many years providing licensed daycare to families out of her home which allowed her to stay home while her daughters attended their early years of school. When her girls were older, she took a job with a local business: Fluegel’s Farm Elevator and Pet Supply Store. She was an incredibly dedicated and hard worker throughout her life. While working at Fluegel’s she met the love of her life, James Peine. She and Jim dated and married on March 19, 1993. She moved to their farm in Cannon Falls and continued to be a homemaker and busy farmers wife, all while also working for a packaging company in Eagan, Schmid and Son Packaging. She again was a very dedicated and hard-working employee for many years there, becoming management early on. She often brought work home to get all the kids in on the fun. Sandy had many hobbies including, but not limited to, gardening - she adored flowers, especially iris; bird watching; a pair of binoculars was always nearby and she would watch every spring for the first sight of hummingbirds, cardinals, and orioles. She enjoyed crafting and took up stamping and scrapbooking which led her to her final career as a business owner with a dear friend. They ran CF Stamps in Cannon Falls for many years until she finally retired in 2019.
Sandy had a love for animals of all kinds, taking in orphaned puppies, trying to heal injured birds, and even raising Holstein calves was not uncommon. She had many dogs throughout her lifetime and passed this love onto all of her children. Sandy loved to take walks on the farm to a special place where she found peace, usually a dog ahead or behind her on these trips. She volunteered locally in her community and was an avid sports fan as well. She would often be seen watching NASCAR, the Vikings play football, or the Minnesota Wild but she truly loved the Minnesota Twins. She was a dear friend to many and was always trying to help or make people’s lives better wherever she went. She had a phrase she was known to use with those she loved and were so dear to her when anyone would leave or you would hang up on the phone. “Love you, See you, Bye.”
She is survived by her husband Jim, daughters Michelle (Justin) Hoff of Rosemount, Jennifer (Chris) Cable of Lake City, stepsons Curt Peine of Cannon Falls, Keith (Carla) Peine of Cannon Falls, Cory Peine of Cannon Falls, Kent (Jessica) Peine of Dennison. Sisters Cindy (Craig) Roth of Rochester, and Theresa (Ron) Neuberger of Hazen, ND. Many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in laws, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Jeanne Budnick, sister Linda Richardson, stepsons Kevin and Craig Peine and her in-laws John and Helen Peine.
A visitation will be held in Sandy’s honor on Wednesday October 25, 2023 from 4-7pm at Lundberg Funeral Home, 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN 55009.. A private burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences are welcome at www.LundbergFuneral.com.