Sandra Ajdukovich, of Hibbing, formerly of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. She was 59 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.
INTERMENT will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
MEMORIALS are preferred to Sandra’s GoFundMe.
Sandra Kay Ajdukovich, of Hibbing, formerly of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN from cardiac arrest. She was 59 years old.
Sandy was born in Torrance, CA on January 10, 1962 to Dale and Patricia (Tharp) Boyer. She was a beach baby from the start. She loved being in the water; from the beaches in Hawaii and San Diego where she grew up (with a special place in her heart for the community of Ocean Beach), to the lakes, rivers and quarries throughout Minnesota where she later came to reside near her sister Roxie. Sandy had a great love and excitement for nature and wildlife, as she herself was a bit wild! She had a great sense of humor and spent a lot of time joking around with friends. Her serious side is revealed to us in matters of love, family, and spirituality. She was a passionate woman who loved very deeply.
At age 19, she married Mark Ajdukovich, who was in the Army and soon to be stationed in Germany. In order for Mark to be present at the birth of their son Joseph; she traveled to stay near him for most of her pregnancy. Joseph was born in an army hospital in Nurnberg on September 15, 1981. Her absolute pride and Joy! Trials would follow in the years to come, including her divorce and consequent difficulties from being a young girl raising an energetic boy on her own. Sandy loved to spend time gardening, woodworking, going fishing and camping, or just being outdoors to appreciate God’s majesty.
After a tragic event in her middle years left her paralyzed from the waist down, it was her vital resilience and spirit of gratefulness that provided a pathway to enjoying a full and happy life over the next 20 plus years. It was in this period that she found her perfect little country home on a lake in Hibbing where she could enjoy watching the plants and animals live out the seasons of their lives all around her (and light off the occasional firework, much to her delight)! We love you Sandy!
The following words come from Sandy’s own journal and should offer solace to all who knew her; “Death is just a part of the cycle of life, it is not the end.”
“I am grateful for you all as you are; and for loving and respecting me as I am. It’s easy to see what we all hold in common- wanting to show love.”
“I have a deep appreciation for all my joys and sorrows, past present and future”
She is preceded in death by her beloved mother Patricia “Nanu” and father Dale, nephew John Diers, and boyfriend Ty.
Sandy is survived by son Joey (Shay) and granddaughter Kaia; sister Roxie; brothers, Dale Jr and Randy; nephews, Scott (daughter Amelia) and Richard (sons Triston and Kanon); cats, Bud, Q and Angel; and many dear friends.