The family of Sandra (Sandi) Ellen (Mills) Brogger of Lowell, MI is saddened to announce her passing, after a courageous battle with Cancer, on July 2 at the age of 68 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Mills, nephew, Matthew Barsamian, and in-laws, George and Helen Brogger. She is survived by her husband, Eric (Ric) Brogger and daughter, Lindsey (Brogger) Bosserd and son-in-law Steve Bosserd; mother, Patricia (McCarthy) Mills; four sisters, Kathy Calverly (John), Sheryl Frabotta (Tony), Bev Barsamian (Jeff), and Debby Basso (Mike); Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Laurie Brogger, Amy Brogger, Dan Brogger, Pat and Tom Mester, and Mary Brogger; Goddaughter, Alaina Basso, numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews and dear friend Carmen Smith.
The Mills family grew up in Southfield, Michigan. Sandi was the second-born daughter in a family of five girls, and the beloved daughter of Del and Pat. In High School, Sandi excelled in Art Classes, especially drawing and jewelry-making. After graduation, she moved to Grand Rapids and met the love of her life, Ric Brogger. Sandi and Ric married in September 1975 and were overjoyed to welcome their baby, Lindsey Ellen, in April 1978.
Sandi, Ric and Lindsey created a lovely life for themselves in Grand Rapids. They lived both in Ada and in Lowell. Sandi perfected her cooking skills, and canned countless jars of jams, jellies and pickles which she shared and her family all gleefully consumed.
A few months after Ric, Sandi, and Lindsey moved into their new home, Lindsey married the love of her life, Steve Bosserd. Lindsey and Steve bought a house nearby, and the four of them spent much time together.
Sandi worked for many years as Sales Operations Manager at Guardsman Products/Valspar. She loved her job and the people she worked with and retired in 2013 after Ric retired in 2008.
Sandi approached every single thing she did with an artistic eye. In retirement, Sandi’s art was her vocation. It was her desire to create something beautiful every day. She could often be found selling her art pieces on the weekends at Art Fairs in the Lowell/Ada area.
In 2017 and 2018, two of Sandi’s art pieces were accepted into the famous Grand Rapids Art Prize competition. She was even asked to display her work at a local restaurant, Bliss & Vinegar. At the suggestion of her dear friend and great artist Mary Marin, she joined the Grand Valley Artists’ Association where she was encouraged by her painter friends to explore painting in the outdoors — “en plein aire” — similar to the techniques utilized by Monet and his friends. She never stopped learning or trying to improve her technique. Sandi always thought of others first and spread joy wherever she went. Sandi could often be found to bring snacks or care-packages to her fellow cancer patients and nurses. Her smile, positive attitude, and love for life will be missed.
A special thank you to the countless doctors and nurses that provided exceptional care, especially Sarah, during her chemo treatments.
A gathering of friends and family will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 12-4 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546. Deacon Jim Thorndill will share a message at 2 PM. Memorial contributions in Sandi’s name can be made to the Matthew David Barsamian Foundation at mdb76foundation.org/donation/ or mailed to Spectrum Health Hospice at 750 Fuller Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.