Plaistow, NH - Sandra M. (VanDuzer) LaVersa, 64, a resident of Plaistow since 2008, died peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Urbana, Illinois, daughter of the late Myles and Carol J. (Dulian) VanDuzer, she was raised and educated in Streator, Illinois, and graduated from Woodland High School with the class of 1973. Sandy was first employed in the family jewelry business in Streator when she met the love of her life, Charles A. "Chas" LaVersa one evening at a social function and they were married on April 19, 1985.
She was a former longtime resident of Newburyport, Mass., for 12 years, Lyman, Maine and Detroit, Maine, before moving to Plaistow 11 years ago. She was a positive force of boundless energy and helped her husband with his work at the Plum Island Airport. She later opened four Curves for Women franchises in Bangor, Newport, and Old Town, Maine. She previously owned an unfranchise with Market America and developed it to be one of the top 10 percent of all networkers in the country. For the past five years, Sandy operated the All The Love You Can Bear Teddy Bear Company from her home on Main Street in Plaistow, which was a business that she originated in Streator, Illinois, at the time of her mother's death. She also established and operated Wellness Maid Easy Cleaning Service of Plaistow.
A member of the local chapter of Business Networking International and the Trinity Church of Kingston, N.H., she was a devoted grandmother and also enjoyed traveling, hiking, and visits back to Illinois to see her family.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Charles A. "Chas" LaVersa; her daughter and son-in-law, Keri A. and Scott Sullivan; and their two children Kaylie and Jack, all of Newburyport, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony C. "Tony" and Elizabeth LaVersa and their four children Thayden, Solon, Gaberiel and Lisa Bella, all of Chelsea, Maine; three brothers, Myles VanDuzer Jr. of The Villages, Fla., Mark VanDuzer and David VanDuzer, both of Ottawa, Illinois; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to Sandy's Life Celebration to be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. Her funeral liturgy will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 80 Route 125, Kingston, NH. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Trinity Church, 80 Route 125, Kingston, NH 03848. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com. Another service for Sandra will be held in Streator, Illinois, on December 21, 2019.
Published on December 4, 2019