In Memory of Sandra Milliren

Private family services

3:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2021
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

A Gathering of Family and Friends (masks and social distancing required)

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2021
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

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Sandra Jean Milliren, age 53 of St. Paul, MN, passed away January 19, 2021 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul after a courageous fight with cancer.  Sandra was born February 25, 1967 in Durand, WI to Martin and Cecilia (Wolf) Milliren.  She graduated from Plum City High School, with the Class of 1985.  Sandi worked as a reservation agent and was the voice of the St. Paul Hotel for over 11 years.  She enjoyed her career, establishing great connections, gaining wonderful friendships and taking care of the needs of customers.  For the past few years, Sandi worked as a receptionist for Infor in St. Paul.

Sandi brought beams of sunshine and smiles wherever she went.  She had a magnetic personality, and was a gem of upward light, that truly shined.  A “diva” described as fresh, youthful and giving her best, with a heart of gold, who went out of her way to make sure others felt good around her too. Sandi appreciated the beauty of life and looked for positivity and laughter around her.  She enjoyed the beauty of sunsets, good food, fine wine and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.  Her heart delighted in attending concerts, the Minnesota State Fair and spending weekend get-a-ways in the Pepin area with her family and friends.  She had a special place in her heart for cats and loved her beloved Harley and Dylan as though they were her children.   Sandi’s inspiring love for life and fun will be dearly missed, but will leave a forever handprint in the hearts of those who knew her.

Sandi is survived by her best friend and true love, Jason Lohn; brothers, James (Beth) Milliren of Spring Valley, Robert (Mary) Milliren of Plum City and Kenneth (Leah) Milliren of Plum City; sisters, Sally Noel of Little Canada, MN and Susan Milliren of Longmont, CO; nieces and nephews: Anthony (Cathy), Jordan, Adam, Kristen (Ryan), Hannah, Bradley (Danni) and Ashley; great nephews, Oakley and Landon; dear friend, Kim (Jack) Kedrowski; and many other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Cecilia Milliren.

Private family services will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. A Gathering of Family and Friends (masks and social distancing required) will take place 4:00-7:00 Thursday, February 25, 2021 at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 N Grant St., Ellsworth, WI.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Sandi, memorials may be directed to online or mailed to Our Lady of Peace Hospice, 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.

Funeral services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.

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  • I worked with Sandi for the last 3 years.
    She is a blessing and had a great smile and attitude in spite of all she was going through.
    Rest in peace My work Sister.

    David Smith

  • To Sandi’s family,
    My heart hurt when I found out our wonderful friend passed away.
    She always had a smile and a hug and she always made ya feel good. She will always be with me. She gave that cancer a good fight, I guess heaven figured they needed her more. I’m very proud to call her my friend.
    ❤️ Colette B.

  • I was saddened to hear of Sandi’s passing, she was always so positive, a ray of sunshine. Her pretty smile will long be remembered despite her long courageous battle with Cancer. My Sympathy goes out to her Family.
    Love & Prayers for all,
    Sandy Larson

  • I have so many memories of Sandi. We grew up as neighbors and became good friends. Many times one if us were walking thru the fields to each others houses as kids.
    Sandi brought sunshine to your soul. That is just who she was.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Sandi was always smiling and exuded an unstoppable positive force and spirit. You could feel her energy as she drew you in and made you feel like you were bouncing right along with her. I will hold with me always how it felt to be in her orbit. Her bravery and courage and love even while she was hurting is an inspiration in how to live each day with our light shining bright. We love you Sandi, always and all ways.

  • Dear Milliren Family, My deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss of Sandi. I will remember her as a cheerleader for Plum City High School. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love to all!

  • I was blessed to know Sandi through my friend Lisa. Sandi was one of the 1989 Spring Break foursome that packed into a little Chevy Cavalier and drove to Daytona Beach for a week of sun, fun, and great memory-making. Sandi’s spirit will live forever with those who knew her and loved her. Deepest sympathy to Sandi’s family.