Sandy J. Hanus (nee Schulze), a woman with a
heart of an angel and the eyes of an artist left us
softly on June 21, 2018 as the sun was rising at
78 years young.
Sandy’s last steps towards heaven were peaceful in the company of her loving husband James Hanus, her devoted daughter Kathy Lanser and her lifelong friend and sister Suzanne Barth.
Sandy was born in La Crosse, WI to Jean and Ken Schulze and spent her childhood along the banks of the Mississippi. Her family later moved to Milwaukee and she started a career at Northwestern Mutual. She met Jim, the love of her life, at a CYO Dance and they have been married for 58 loving years. A love of nature led them to their home in the Lake Country area where they have lived for the past 48 years.
Sandy was the ultimate Mom and there was a never-ending list of creative activities in her home. Sandy’s greatest joy was enjoying time with her family and she was loved dearly by her daughters, Kathy and Jenni. Whether sitting on the porch listening to the birds, dancing to music with her love or sharing projects with her daughters and grandchildren - her beautiful Irish eyes were always smiling.
An avid artist, Sandy will now enjoy colors she has never seen before. Through her life she surrounded herself with art and beauty. Angels in many forms were always in her view.
Survived by her husband Jim, her sister Sue (Jerry) Barth and her brother Pete (Kathy)
Schulze, her daughter Kathy Lanser and her daughter Jenni Hanus, who greeted Sandy in heaven.
Sandy adored her grandchildren: Josh Morrison, Ashlyn Behrndt, Lukas Behrndt, and Elle Lanser, Nick Lanser, Angelina Lanser, Genevieve Lanser & Eddie Lanser.
She is further survived by her in-laws, the “Bohemian Brunch Gang,” Mary (Fred) Hapke, Jerome Hanus, John Hanus and Julie Hanus. Her loved nieces: Ava (Nick) Cozzi , Penny (Paul) Krier , Julie (Mark Jalkanen) , Jane (Steve) Barwick, Ann Drosen, Meri-Elizabeth (Eduardo) Jimenez-Schulze, Beth (Mike) Ciriacks, Kim Sachen and nephews Joe (Denise) Hapke, Casey (Teri) Schulze, Chance Schulze, Ken (Emily) Schulze, Jr., Tim (Danette) Schulze and many dear friends. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ken and her daughter Jenni.
A special thank you is extended to the wonderful caring staff at the Lawlis Family Hospice.
Visitation at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Dr. Hartland on Thursday, July 26th from 3 PM until a Funeral Mass at 5 PM followed by a dinner and then a sunset interment in St. Charles Cemetery.
“I came into this world on a soft breeze and I want to go out like a blazing sunset” -Sandy Hanus
Please consider a memorial donation to the Lawlis Family Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or Susan G. Komen Research.