Sandra S. Vandersluis died of respiratory failure in Rock Island, Ill., on Jan. 8, 2021, at UnityPoint Trinity. She married Howard in Alexandria, Va., in 1993, moving to Moline in 1997. Howard and Sandra's family will meet with their friends at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Christ Anglican Church, 1717 Eighth Ave., Moline, Ill. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial at National Cemetery, Rock Island.
Sandra was raised in Iowa City, the oldest of six children and the only girl, Sandra was often responsible for the younger children and told of walking hand-in-hand with all the boys to a movie in town, rather than taking a bus to save money for treats at the movie. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal from 1961, becoming a resourceful and productive computer programmer. After 18 years at the Arsenal, she accepted a position at the Pentagon in Washington, where she also attended the University of Maryland earning a dual BD in information systems and business management. She retired as supervisory program analyst at Fort Belvoir, Va., in 1997.
Sandra was introduced to camping and canoeing by her first husband, Roger Adolphson, a biologist and teacher. She visited all 50 states and most of the provinces of Canada. Howard remembers her expertly driving her camper, her braided hair swinging across her back as she sang "On the Road Again."
Sandra is survived by her three brothers, Terry, Bill and Bob Shaffer from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; a son, Kevin Adolphson from Oregon; and daughters, Laurie Wolff and Jane Williams from Washington State. On Howard's side, she had Patrick, Howard III and Jan Aiken in Virginia, and Robert in Washington State. Sandra had 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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