Sandra Jean Petta
Sandra Jean Petta, born in Milwaukee, December 11, 1945, passed away July 9, 2011. Sandi was a champion for women’s rights and was a co-founder of the first rape crisis center in the State of Nevada. Sandi has trained hundreds of volunteers as counselors and advocated for victims of sexual assault for the crisis center. On December 29, 2000, Kenny C. Guinn, Governor of the State of Nevada, proclaimed that day in Honor of Sandi Petta. Sandi was a Rehabilitation Supervisor II, a dedicated employee with the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation in the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation for 27 years. Sandi never gave up on any of her clients. She did everything within her powers to make their lives functional and worth living. Sandi graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1967 with a degree in Clinical Psychology and Pre-Medicine and attended UNLV where she completed two MS degrees in General counseling and in Rehabilitation counseling. Sandi was committed to improving services for the citizens of the State of Nevada and had the respect of professionals and colleagues that she had worked with over the years.
Sandi’s greatest gift was her ability to love, unconditionally, her friends and family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and when you were in her presence, you could feel the warmth of her love. She had the uncanny ability to make everyone she encountered feel important. She never met a stranger. She adored her sister Andi. They had a very special bond and a deep respect for each other. Sandi also loved her nephew Eric, his wife Lisa, and their son Alec and daughter Jordan. Sandi shared 30 years of her life with Pat and together they shared a lovely home and a wonderful life. Sandi had a very meaningful relationship with Pat’s brother Tom and his wife Michelle. Sandi and Michele shared a bond of both surviving painful childhoods. When Tom was dying of liver cancer, Sandi stayed with Tom and Michelle for the final eight weeks of Toms’ life.
Sandi had an incredible singing voice. She was a member of “Silver State Voices”. She paid tribute to a number of young men who died from AIDS. She would always sing “Bring Him Home” at their Memorial services. Her voice was always a source of comfort for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. Sandi loved her animals Jasper, Casper, Spartacus, and Savage. They were her children and she was a great mom.
We all feel a very deep loss but can take solace in knowing that she is no longer in pain. Her spirit is now free from a body riddled with disease and there are no longer any limitations on where she can go or what she can do.