Sandy Joy Brehm


Sandy Joy Brehm, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, entered her eternal heavenly home Sunday, June 18. She was surrounded in love by all her children on that afternoon. She lived with MS for 35 years, was wheelchair-bound for 20-plus years, and fought cancer in the end. She overcame many obstacles and showed determination in all she did.

Sandy was born Aug. 6, 1943, in Laurel, Md., to parents Oscar and Tina Witmer. She grew up in Ocean City, N.J., with 11 siblings while enjoying the sunny beach, swimming, lifeguarding and body surfing in the ocean. It was here in 1964 on the Jersey Shore that the love of her life, Wayne Brehm, put his towel down next to her on the sand. She worked two jobs while attending Glassboro College obtaining a BA in education. While attending Glassboro, she was a cheerleader, serving as the captain her senior year.

Wayne and Sandy were married in 1966, and had five wonderful children and raised their family in Houma, La. Sandy was a great mother and wife who loved her family dearly. She was a dedicated teacher, Girl Scout leader, church volunteer and so much more.

Wayne and Sandy moved to the beautiful mountains of Pagosa Springs in 2000, where they quickly grew roots in this beautiful community. They became part of a wonderful church family, and deeply cherish the many friendships that were made both there and in the community. Sandy loved Jesus with all her heart and dedicated her life to pleasing the Lord. She was an inspiration and loved by all who knew her. Sandy enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandchildren who adored her. She will be missed immensely and will always be remembered for her strength and courage. 

Sandy is survived by husband Wayne Brehm; son Wayne Jr. and wife Lana (grandchildren Kristen, Shelby, and Kyle), daughter April and husband Robert Buttitta (grandchildren Emily and Zachary), son Jeffrey and wife Julie (grandchild Hailey), daughter Rebecca (grandchildren Lauren and Kacey), and daughter Stephanie (grandchild Samantha).

Sandy’s celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on July 8 at the Grace Campus in Pagosa Springs.

“For with God, nothing is impossible.” — Luke 1:37.