GONE ELECTRIC – Skipper of the F/V Sunbeam, Fabian Grutter, unplugs the vessel from the Crescent Harbor dock prior to testing out a new electric motor Wednesday. The Sunbeam is the first  hybrid diesel electric fishing boat in Sitka. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lenore J. Sandor

Lenore J. Sandor

Lenore J. Sandor, who arrived in Juneau in 1951, died April 4 in Sitka, at the age of 92.
Lenore was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest daughter of John and Tillie Barbat, who raised both her and her older sister Mildred (Pysarchuk) in Cleveland.
After two years of college at Baldwin Wallace in Ohio, Lenore’s spirit of adventure took her to Juneau in 1951, when Alaska was still a territory. She had fond memories of working for Don Burris, assisting him in his business of trading in Alaska Native arts and crafts.
In 1956 she married John Sandor,  a U.S. Forest Service ranger and later regional forester for the Tongass National Forest. Through his job they moved several times before finally settling back in Juneau in 1976.
In 1988, Lenore was awarded the  Juneau Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. This distinction was bestowed on Lenore for her tireless work as one of the founding members of REACH Inc., an Alaskan organization dedicated to the well-being of those with developmental delays and needs, and bridging the gap between them and the community at large.
In private life, Lee was an avid fan of travel, gardening, baking and reading. She was quite active in the community and was often seen attending P.E.O., garden club and church meetings and events.
After residing in Juneau for 40 years, Lenore most recently was living at the Sitka Pioneer Home.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Mildred.
She is survived by her husband, John Sandor; her oldest daughter,  Mary Helen of Juneau, and youngest daughter, Janet Freiman of Danville, California; her son-in-law, Harold Freiman, and the two grandsons she adored, Ben and Jacob Freiman.
She also is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and other relatives, most specifically in Washington State and Ohio.
A memorial service was held here on April 6, and a celebration of her life is being planned later in California.
The family would welcome donations in Lenore’s memory to REACH Inc. Lee was one of the original five founding members of REACH, which is organization is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Checks can be mailed to: REACH, Inc., 213 3rd Street, Juneau, AK 99801.
In the memo section, the checks can be marked “In memory of Lee Sandor.”

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