Joseph Sanda

December 17, 1949 - September 28, 2011
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Joseph Charles Sanda, age 61, of Dover, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, September 28, 2011, in Aultman Hospital at Canton following a nine year battle with a Myeloproliferative Disorder.Best known as Joe to his family and friends, he was born at Cleveland, December 17, 1949, a son of the late Joseph Edward and…

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Joseph Charles Sanda, age 61, of Dover, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, September 28, 2011, in Aultman Hospital at Canton following a nine year battle with a Myeloproliferative Disorder.Best known as Joe to his family and friends, he was born at Cleveland, December 17, 1949, a son of the late Joseph Edward and Josephine Karfelt Sanda. Growing up in Euclid, Joe attended and graduated from Euclid High School, and was always proud to have been a Panther. He continued his education at Kent State University, earning a B.S. in History and Education in 1971, and later a Master of Arts in Education in 1986 from John Carroll University. While at Kent State University, Joe became a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.A lifelong learner, Joe lived his life believing and expecting the best of others. As an educator, he began his career teaching and coaching at Cleveland John Hay High School before settling into Warrensville Heights High School where he fell in love with coaching football for 33 years and baseball for 13 years. Joe went on to teach and be an influential figure in the lives of young people in that community. With an appreciation for history, Joe recounted his experience as a student on Kent State’s Campus on that fateful day in May, 1970, when the campus became a war zone.Following his retirement from Warrensville Heights in the autumn of 2002, Joe took on a new challenge as the Coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Center, a part of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas Campus. Joe so enjoyed campus life, he entered the classroom again teaching Physical Education, Undergraduate Studies and Orientation, as well as Reading and Study Skills. Active in the community, Joe was a member of Dover’s First United Methodist Church, The Union Country Club, Kent State University’s Alumni Association, The Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Group, and was a former member of The Rotary Club of Dover. At home, Joe taught his daughter and son to appreciate the Turner Classic Movie Channel, watching old black and white movies together. He was the proud owner of three classic antique cars. Joe enjoyed rabbit hunting and always had a place in his home for a beagle, a tribute to his father who maintained a beagle kennel at his home. He’ll be remembered by his students for his highly organized and detail oriented nature. Joe was meticulous about his appearance, and appreciated a tidy desk. On August 30, 1997, Joe married the former Stephanie Deeds, following a three year courtship. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth “Abbey” Sanda and a son, Joseph Charles “Chase” Sanda II, all of whom reside at Dover. In addition to his wife, daughter, and son, Joe leaves behind a family that includes his sister, Joanne Sanda of North Bergen, New Jersey, his father and mother-in-law; Charles and Virginia Deeds of Dover, two sisters-in-law; Melinda Deeds of Dover, and Ginger (husband, David) Giesen, and their children; Will, Taylor, Claire and Tom Giesen, all of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and a brother-in-law; C. Jason “Jay” (wife, Erin) Deeds and their children; Katie, Charlie, Megan, Mary and Bridget Deeds, all of Dover. Joe’s family is grateful for the many healing hands they encountered at Dr. Schmotzer’s office, as well as the friendships forged and the caring spirit conveyed in the Union Hospital Ambulatory Department during Joe’s regular visits in recent years. It was this caring spirit, coupled with Joe’s indomitable will to live despite his significant health challenges that enabled him to survive nine years beyond diagnosis, despite only a three year initial prognosis. Joe was a fighter, all the way to the end. Friends are invited to call Sunday afternoon from 1-4 in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. The Rev. Bruce McLaughlin will officiate Joe’s funeral service Monday at 10:30 in Dover’s First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Dover Burial Park. Family and friends will gather for a luncheon reception in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover upon the conclusion of the graveside service. Those unable to attend are invited to share memories and condolences with the family, by visiting the Sanda memorial on the funeral home’s website. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1451 4th Street NW New Philadelphia OH 44663, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Born: December 17, 1949
Died: September 28, 2011

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Christopher J. Zanon posted on 9/29/11

Joe was unforgettable. When I ventured back to school, he found me a job and it was at a time when I most needed it. Even beyond that he was always available to talk about classes, work or even sports. And he had some great sports stories! He always wanted to make sure I was making the most of my education. I also was privileged to be part of the Kent State Tuscarawas Service Learning committee and I was able to see how involved he was in the community and how he worked to get others involved. Great man. Memorable man. Will be missed.


Carma M. Coley/ Ephren Goldsmith posted on 10/2/11

To the Sanda Family, There are many memories of Mr. Sanda as a teacher colleague and coach in the Warrensville Heights City Schools. His smooth dressing and his intensity in coaching football and baseball, Mr. Sanda left good memories and lessons with each student he interacted with. May God be with the family and provide strength during this time.


Rob Brindley posted on 9/29/11

Joe, I love you buddy and will miss you dearly. Your nine year battle with nary a complaint is typical of your fighting spirit. Our summer Friday foursome will never be the same without your wit and charm on the golf course. Your memory and zeal for life will continue to live in me and everyone you have touched along the way. And don't worry, I will root on The Flashes for you. Love you brother, Rob


Ken Koch posted on 10/1/11

I met Joe in high school. We ran in the same crowd. He was always so enthusiastic and positive about life....What great times...I'll always remember him....


Kent State Student posted on 9/29/11

I am deeply sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Sanda. He was my advisor at Kent-Tusc and I was looking forward to him helping me schedule my classes next month for the Spring. He was such a great man who helped others. Kent-Tusc will never be the same. I will never forget his laugh! I'm going to miss you, Mr. Sanda!


Don & Bev Di sanza posted on 10/1/11

Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family,Stephanie, at this most trying time. Joe was a good guy and loyal member of our Warrensville coaching staff for years. We talked so many times of his Euclid Panthers, For I lived about 3/4 of a mile from Joe's parents and knew of the school's tradition. But I went to a different high school. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the visitation and funeral for Joe. Sadly, we have commitments for both days. May Our Lord Grant you and your family hope and comfort at this time. Don and Bev Di Sanza


Barbara Eddy posted on 9/29/11

Stephanie, I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family at this time. With love a Silpada Sister who is thinking of you.. Barbara Eddy


Chandler Lee Medlea posted on 10/1/11

God Bless you Coach Sanda I just remember coach during football practice yelling at us getting us motivated on the field. Coach talk to my mom at a teachers conference when I was in the 9th grade about my lack of play and toughness on the field. It was a VERY UNIQUE conversation that leads my mom to come home and get in my butt about going all out on the field. It worked I sucked it up and started producing. He was one of my motivators. I started 3 years varsity and cracked heads. I always thought of coach as a good person. God Bless you and your family Coach WARRENSVILLE! Blue and Gold


Edgar Reeves posted on 9/29/11

To the family you have our prayers.I worked with and coached with Joe at WHMS and we had many moments of fun and travel scouting games on the weekends.Joe was a good guy, we shared an appreciation for Mont Blanc pens and Cuban cigars.May you always keep the good memories that Joe brought to peoples lives. Edgar&Linda Reeves


Nora Suder-Riley posted on 9/30/11

My heart dropped when I heard the news. Joe Sanda was a teacher who had a profound impact on my thinking as an individual. Always challenging our thoughts and having us think beyond our comfort zone. Thank you, Joe, for all of the wonderful classroom memories you provided me. I think of you often as I teach my own classes. Thank you for letting us know you as a person. I will miss your smile and jokes.


Randy & Sharon Park posted on 9/29/11

We were so sorry to hear about Joe... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephanie, Abbey, Chase and their family... We pray God will comfort and strengthen you during this very difficult time... God bless you...


John and Deborah Barr & Family posted on 9/30/11

To the family of Joe Sanda- Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. It was an honor and pleasure to have worked with him and considered a friend through our times together at the Employment Source and Kent State Tuscarawas. May God be with you and give you His peace. John and Debbie Barr and Sons


Ken Law posted on 9/30/11

Steph I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your whole family are in my prayers and may God bring you a peace that only He can.


Parents of Warrensville Hts, High graduate Brian A Ruffin posted on 9/30/11

Our prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sanda, They come in faith that God will make His presence felt in your life through the peace and comfort that only He can give. A truely wonderful and gifted man who inspired so many children in his life time - our son was one of many who Coach Sanda left a lasting impression on. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.


Ken Serger posted on 9/29/11

I've known Joe since 1969 when I started at Kent State and began thinking about joining Sigma Phi Epsilon. I eventually did join and Joe became my Big Brother. He's been my life-long friend ever since. Over the years I've gone through the funerals of my mother, father, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins but Joe is my first "buddy" that I have to say good-bye to and, frankly, I'm finding it a pretty difficult thing to do. Even though distance has not allowed us to see each other too often during our adult lives, I suppose this "hurt" that I'm feeling is testament to what a true friendship is all about. Thanks, Joe, for all the memories and all the laughs we had over the years. I'll miss you, My Friend...I already do.


Parents of Warrensville Hts, High graduate Brian A Ruffin posted on 9/30/11

Our prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sanda, They come in faith that God will make His presence felt in your life through the peace and comfort that only He can give. A truely wonderful and gifted man who inspired so many children in his life time - our son was one of many who Coach Sanda left a lasting impression on. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.


Denise McLaughlin/Alecci posted on 10/18/11

My family and I are so sorry for your loss. We have so many nice memories of 'Jody' growing up on the next street from us. May God bless you during this difficult time.


Sally Fadorsen posted on 9/30/11

I will always remember Joe as "larger than life," you always knew when he was in the room. His energy and enthusiasm were refreshing. We shared our Italian heritage and it was what truly connected us...I felt a bond with him because of it...we loved to share our stories of growing up Italian. As we were both beagle lovers, I will always treasure our "rap sessions" about our beagle babies. Joe was so good at consoling me when I lost my father, I hope I can be there for all of you just as he was for me. I will truly miss him and our conversations. Kent Tusc will never be the same without our Joe; he was a good man. Stephanie, Abbey and are all in my thoughts and prayers. Someday, when Abbey and Chase are ready for college, look up 'ole Sal, I've got your back kids and I'll do whatever I can to help!


Tom and Sandra Brahler posted on 10/8/11

Stephanie and children we are so sorry to hear of your loss -- We were out of town and the word of his passing was recieved last night. Please accept our sincere condolence-- May God be with you and your family in this time of need


JON RICE posted on 9/30/11

Stephanie,Abbie and Chase, We will all miss Joe and that smile. He was so proud of all three of you. I will miss our car guy talks and the Kent State stories. I am so sorry for your loss.


Regina Norris posted on 10/4/11

May you rest in peace and one day see your family again. We keep your family in out prayers. God bless. WHHS C/O 93"


cheryl baker posted on 9/30/11

Dear Stephanie, I'am saddened to here of the loss of your husband, and I pray in time you will have peace and the memories of your life together will fill the void. God Bless Your Family and watch over you as only he can Cheryl Baker


Beverly Bright-Lloyd posted on 10/3/11

My deepest sympathy to the family of Joe Sanda. May you find peace in your wonderful memories of Joe. I worked with Joe at Warrensville Heights High School. If we would have had a contest for the best dressed male teacher, Joe would have been the first place winner. I will keep the family in my prayers.


Ronna Harding posted on 9/30/11

Stephanie & Family, I met Joe about seven years ago and had the pleasure of working with him. I found him to be dedicated, always interested, and a caring person. I am saddened by his passing. My deepest condolences to you and his family. He will be missed by so many. Ronna Harding


Valerie Hazard Mueck posted on 10/2/11

Stephanie & Family, My deepest sympathy on your great loss. I wish I were there to give you a hug! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care. Love, Valerie (Hazard), Jay, Olivia & Alexander Mueck


Carmel A. Haueter posted on 10/2/11

Dear Steph,Abby and Chase, I'm sorry for your loss, Joe will be missed by so many of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. God will give you the strength needed. Love and sympathy Carmel


Steve Lieber posted on 10/2/11

Joe, You will be missed dearly. You were are our leader and our inspiration. Words can not describe how much I loved you and admired you. I will always remember when we first met as Pledge Brothers and how we made the journey to Fraternity Brothers together. You are sorely missed. Sig Ep Brothers and Friends Forever. The Liebs


Jessi Shumaker posted on 10/2/11

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Troy, Jessi, Rylie and Jade Shumaker