Sandra Lee Polich age 64 of Deerwood died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at her home. She was born on July 2, 1947 in Brainerd, Minnesota. Sandy graduated from Washington High School in Brainerd,class of 1966. She attended the Brainerd Community College and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1968. She graduated from Bemidji State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education with an endorsement in kindergarten. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1993. She married Robert “Chip” Polich Jr. on June 20, 1970 in Brainerd. Her teaching career started at the Brownton Elementary School in Brownton, Mn where she taught 1st grade from 1970-1971 and 1st grade at Ingleburn Elementary School in Ingleburn, Australia from 1971-1972. Sandy’s teaching career at the Cuyuna Range Elementary School system spanned 28 years from 1977-2005. She taught Title One , kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade in Ironton, Crosby, Deerwood and the Cuyuna Range Elementary Schools. Most of her years were spent teaching kindergarten at CRES and she was awarded Teacher Of The Year in 1996. She was a member to the Crosby-Ironton Federation of Teachers and was a long standing member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Robert Jr. “Chip”; 1 son, Jon (Shannon) Polich of Sunrise FL; 1 daughter, Laurie (Anthony) Ferraro of Collegeville, PA; 1 sister, Linda (Steve) Huff of Mauston, WI; 4 grandchildren, Nicholas, Madeline, and Benjamin Ferraro and Rylee Polich. Preceding her in death are her parents, Fred and Laura Vogt. Funeral services will be 5 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby.Friends may call at the church from 3 pm until the time of services. If so desired memorials are preferred to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund or the CRES School Bench. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.