Sandra Sue "Sandie" Johnston, 59, of Winamac, IN

Sandra Sue “Sandie” Johnston, 59, of Winamac, IN passed away at home Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  Sandie was born on July 19, 1960 in Chicago Heights, IL to Paul and Sue Lucas DeGroot.  In 1971, the DeGroot family moved to Winamac.   In her youth, Sandie loved to ride horses.  She graduated from Winamac High School in 1978.  She was a retired from the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Will County, IL where she had served as a 911 dispatcher.  Sandie will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.


She is survived by:

Thomas (Laurin) Johnston, Steger, IL Son

4 Grandchildren: Faith, Kylie, Kara, and Gavin

Sue Lucas DeGroot, Winamac, IN Mother

Paul (Sheryl) DeGroot, Winamac, IN Father

Samantha (Aaron) Malchow, Francesville, IN Sister

Sheri Gaillard, Winamac, IN Sister

Perry (Katie) DeGroot, Winamac, IN Brother

Kelly (Mike) Bierrum, Star City, IN Step-Sister

Kim (Kevin) Podell, Winamac, IN Step-Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Glenn Sommers, Winamac, IN Companion


Preceded in death by:

Joseph Lucas, Maternal Grandfather

Mae and Herman Piacentini, Maternal Grandmother

Teresa and Herman DeGroot, Paternal Grandparents


A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

Online Tributes may be offered at

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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