Sandra Roisen, 1937-2018

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Memorial services for Sandra S. Roisen, 81, of Albert Lea will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Todd Walsh will officiate. Private burial will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Sandra Roisen

Sandra died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, with her family by her side at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. Sandra Sue Roisen was born Aug. 5, 1937, the daughter of LaVern and Lois (Miller) Dillavou in Albert Lea. She attended schools in California and Freeborn and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1955. She played violin in the high school orchestra and was selected for All-State orchestra. Sandra attended Iowa State Teachers College, Austin Community College and graduated from Mankato State College with honors in elementary education. She also played violin at Iowa State. She taught in Glenville, retiring from Glenville Elementary School in 1997 after 29 years of teaching.

Sandra was united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1955, to Orrion Roisen. To this union five children were born: Julie, Donna, David, Roger and Anthony. She was selected for “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers” twice. She had a love for teaching and also enjoyed bicycling, swimming, scuba diving, traveling, gardening, showing flowers at the Freeborn County Fair, reading and collecting rocks and antique dishes. Sandra was a life master in duplicate bridge. She was a member of Crossroads Church in Albert Lea.

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Sandra is survived by her husband, Orrion, of Albert Lea; five children, Julie Roisen of Des Moines, Iowa, Donna Roisen of Minnetonka, David Roisen of Albert Lea (friend, Brenda Prescher), Roger Roisen of Minnetrista, (friend, Beth Savoie) and Anthony (Kjirsten) Roisen of Nowthen; 11 grandchildren, Derek (Robin) Olson, Kayla (Jeremy) Christenson, Ryan Politz, Tom Roisen, Holly (Mike) Tabor, Eric Leschisin, Shane Roisen, Stephanie Mongulla, Haley Roisen, Annika Roisen and Nicole Roisen; nine great-grandchildren, Riley Olson, Nolan Habana, Elizabeth Olson, Alyssa Olson, Alexander Olson, Wyatt Olson, Anthony Tabor, Talan Tabor and Lyla Tabor; sister, Romelle (Ernie) Enderson, of Northwood; brother, Earl (Pat) Dillavou, of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Richard Kingstrom, of Glenville; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Geraldine Kingstrom.

The family extends a sincere thank you to the staff of Thorne Crest Senior Living Community for the wonderful care, love and compassion given to Sandra.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.