Sandra Ruatti

ESCANABA – Sandra L. Ruatti, 58, of Escanaba, passed away on April 1, 2014, at her home.

Sandra was born on Feb. 20, 1956, in Lansing. She was the daughter of the late Gerald and Eleanor (Anderson) Alm.

Sandra worked many jobs in her lifetime. Most recently she worked as a cook for the Downtowner Restaurant in Escanaba and as a supervisor at K-Mart in Iron Mountain. She enjoyed bowling, trips to the casino and the company of her cat.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Luri “Buck” Ruatti on Feb. 19, 2013, and her sister, Ethel (Berger) Johnson on Aug. 1, 2004.

She is survived by her brothers, Walter (Becky Fink) Alm of Kingsford, Jerry Alm of Kingsford and Arnold Berger Jr. of Florida; her sister, Angel (Berger) Hiller of Escanaba.

She is also survived by stepsisters, Diana (James) Anderson of Hardwood, Judy Plaswirth and Sandra Begosh of Iron Mountain; stepfather, Arnold Berger Sr. of Panama City, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is further survived by her stepbrothers, Daniel, Scott and William Berger of Florida; and stepsisters, Tammy of Tennessee and Penny of Kentucky

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 located on River Avenue in Iron Mountain. Rev. Debbie Bergeron will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family in her memory.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.