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Sandra J. Vaughan

April 22, 1940 - April 17, 2017

Sandra J. Vaughan was born on April 22, 1940 in Peotone, IL. On the evening of April 17, 2017, Sandy took the hand of her beloved husband Richard and gracefully danced into eternity… leaving behind a legacy of love to her family, friends and the countless students who knew her as “Mrs. V”.

Sandy is survived by her loving children, Brian Vaughan, Victoria (Peter) Vigna and Samantha Vaughan; her cherished grandchildren, Kristopher Rinkenberger Vaughan, Emily (Christopher) Cruver, Gabriella and Peter Vigna, Jr. and her special great-granddaughter, Eleanor Cruver;  her best friend, Nemo; her dear brother, Leon Schroeder; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Vaughan in 2006.

Sandy started her love of dance at the age of 9. She attended Joliet Central High School and belonged to dance clubs in modern, ballet, tap and tumbling. By the age of 14, she began teaching for Virginia Kelly in Joliet. When she was 16, Sandy toured with Barnes & Carruthers dance troupe and performed at State Fairs throughout the country. Sandy attended the prestigious Julliard School Dance Division in New York City. In 1972, Sandy was proud to establish the Vaughan Dance Academy and has offered quality dance instruction to thousands of students ever since.

Sandy loved to travel. Together with Richard, Sandy saw the world. She enjoyed the sun-soaked beaches of the Caribbean just as much as a simple campground with her family at her side. Sandy also loved to garden and kept her home like a showplace for all to enjoy. She was also a longtime member and supporter of the Plainfield Kiwanis Club. Sandy will be deeply missed by all who loved her.


Funeral Information

Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, corner of Routes 30 & 59, Plainfield. A Celebration of Sandra’s life will be held on Friday, April 21, 10:00 AM at the funeral home. A private family interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet.

Donations Information

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to the life of Sandra Vaughan, memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431.

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