Sandra L. Whittier

Nov 26, 2018
Sandra Whittier

South Thomaston — Sandra L. Whittier, RNCS, clinical nurse specialist, 76, wife of Joseph G. LaBranche, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, after a period of declining health.

She was born in Spartenburg, S.C., July 16, 1942. Although a Southern belle by birth, Sandra grew up in Freedom. She loved to ride her bike to Lake St. George, and always talked about the many nights spent at her grandmother Bryant’s house in downtown Freedom, only a short step away from her parents’ house.

Her family of five boys, their children, her husband and their granddaughter/daughter, were here life’s happiness.

Working was both her vocation and her hobby. Sandra counseled many people over her 40-year career as a psychiatric nurse specialist, having earned a master’s degree in nursing. Working with all her patients was her true life’s passion.

To unwind, Sandra and her husband enjoyed buying and selling antiques, and had gathered many friends in that business through the years. Some of her greatest pleasures were camping on Crawford Pond and overseeing the health and growth of her home and office gardens.

Besides her husband, Joseph, and granddaughter/daughter Isabella LaBranche of South Thomaston, Sandra is survived by five sons, John Seitz and his wife, Natalie, of Pennsylvania, Michael Seitz, Philip Seitz, Christopher LaBranche, Joseph LaBranche and his wife, Andria, all of Rockland; five grandchildren, Mia, Jonathan, Elijah, Olivia and Joe; as well as brothers- and sisters-in-law.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Bernards Catholic Church of St. Brendon the Navigator Parish, 150 Broadway, Rockland. To share a memory or story with Sandra’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. A celebration of life is planned in May. Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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