In Memory of Sandra J. Durning


3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI, and one hour prior to the mass at church


11:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

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Sandra Jean Durning (McCullough), age 78, of Hudson, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on September 30th, 2018 at home surrounded by family. She was born in 1939 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to George and Florence McCullough. She married James Durning on February 6th, 1960. Together they raised three children, Catherine, Jack, and Ann, and also founded Durning's Restaurant, a successful establishment in Eagan, Minnesota. 

Sandy will be remembered as an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her infectious joy for life, spunky personality, and steadfast faith brought happiness and comfort to all who were lucky enough to know her. Sandy’s love of shopping, crafting, and playing card games will be fondly remembered by all. 

Now at peace, she is reunited with her parents George and Florence McCullough, godmother Dolores (Earl) Snyder, brother Ross McCullough and her grandson Grant Truhler. 

Sandy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim, and their children, Catherine (Chuck), Jack, and Ann (Dean). Sandy will also be greatly missed by her six grandchildren and their families, Travis (Caitlyn), Elly (Rick), Clayton, Lewis, Samuel, and Julio. 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sandy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson WI, and one hour prior to the mass at the church. Interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer's Research Fund. 

Sandra J. Durning's Tribute Wall

Tributes (3):

  1. Jim and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Sandy she was such a sweet lady.
    I haven’t seen her for a long time I always liked visiting
    with her very interesting person and fun .
    I wanted to go to the funeral but I couldn’t arrange it. I don’t drive
    I miss Clyde so much I know he was having a hard time so he is in
    Gods hands now. He had Parkinson’s so we knew he wasn’t going to
    get any better. God’s prayers are with you, Donna Christensen

  2. Sending prayers & wishes for comfort & peace straight from God for all of you. Hoping these days of great grief are punctuated with memories of Sandy’s smile, wit, wisdom & tangible feelings of her presence. I am so sorry for your loss. ?

  3. Oh Jim..Kathy..Jack..n Ann
    You have my deepest sympathies..
    and Condolences. It’s just so hard to believe.
    Dementia is a cruel disease..and Sandy didn’t deserve is cruelty. Sandy’s the best..loving..caring..upbeat
    full of she’s with Aunt Florence..Uncle George..Ross..her loving grandson..and of course the rest of the clan..probably playing cards!
    Know that. .you’re ALL in my thoughts and prayers..
    I love you guys..Niece..