Sandra A. (Kastan) Bowman, 70, formerly of Pymatuning Township, Greenville, was called home Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, surrounded by her family after a five-month battle with stage 4 lung and brain cancer.
Sandy felt one does not lose their battle to cancer. Either way, Sandy was going to win, whether it was here on earth or called home with her best friend, her mother, Dolly, and
other past loved ones.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Dolly (Trimmer) Kastan, she was born on May 27, 1952. She married the love of her life only after three months of dating, Dennis R. Bowman, on May 12, 1972, who survives.
Sandy graduated from Reynolds High School in 1970, a time she liked to tell her daughters she was a “wallflower”; however, they knew better.
After high school, Sandy studied nurse aide training in Erie. Secretly, she chose Erie so she could hang out with her cousins who lived there.
Sandy worked for St. Paul Homes in Greenville for 20 years, where a nice gentleman knocked her teeth out. Being Sandy, she made excuses for the gentleman and said it wasn’t his fault. Don’t worry, she got dentures that she liked to pop out and tease her grandchildren with.
Sandy went on to work as a teacher’s aide, a van driver, an aide on a school van, always being a caregiver.
Sandy’s heart was so big she would often spend her paycheck buying huge balloons to tie to the children’s wheelchairs in the classrooms where she helped. She said it was to see them smile, because they loved them.
Sandy enjoyed being a mother and grandmother most of all. She would dress her daughters in the best dresses, and sponge roller their hair, even if they didn’t want her to. She would set their hair and paint their nails in their sleep.
Sandy also enjoyed planting flowers, and she always had the best flowers, this is one trait that was not passed down to her daughters.
Sandy did not like to travel far, she would rather spend the time here with her family and friends, never missing a family gathering or wedding. If Sandy received a wedding invitation in the mail, she told her daughters it was addressed to all of them, as well, so they all had to go. It wasn’t until recently they discovered this trick of hers.
Sandy never spoke ill of anyone, she loved everyone she met. Once she met you, she loved you and now you were part of her family.
She would do anything for anyone at any moment. She was so selfless, often to a fault, putting her own needs aside.
Up until the end, her positive outlook, sense of humor, and will to look out for everyone else remained with her.
Sandy lit up any room she entered and made an impact on so many people. She was a joyful presence with her beautiful hair, fashion sense, and bubbly personality.
She loved family more than anything.
She believed to treat everyone with kindness and how you would want to be treated.
She never argued with anyone, unless you spoke badly of her precious grandchildren who could do no wrong in her eyes.
Sandy is survived by her husband of 50 years; three daughters, Stephanie (Jeffrey) McKeown, Darcie (Timothy) Strausser, and Deni Jo Bowman; nine grandchildren, Kastan, Jack, and Ty
Strausser, Kori and KJ Middendorf, Peyton, Kylee, Alaina, and Quinn Williams; her brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Cindy Kastan; a brother-in-law, Tod (Lorie) Bowman; a sister-in-law, Bonnie (Ralph) Cameron; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she adored.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Brady Williams; her mother and father-in-law, William and Nellie Bowman; a sister-in-law, Linda Beveridge; a brother-in-law, William Bowman, Jr.; and a brother-in-law she never got the privilege of meeting, Donnie Bowman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tales of Hope, 2450 Hoezle Road, Hermitage, Pa., 16148.