FAIRFAX/ST. ALBANS — Sandra Lea (Sheltra) Parah, 72, Sept. 15, 1941 to Jan. 25, 2014, resident of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Sandra was born in St. Albans to the late Harmon and Anna Sheltra. She graduated from Burlington High School in June 1959 and on Oct. 10 she married her beloved husband, Ronald C. Parah. They resided most of her life in Fairfax or St. Albans, where they raised their four children.
Sandy’s primary mission was to keep the home, raise her four children and also the bookkeeper of Ron’s Construction, Inc., for over 30 years, she did all of these things with grace and amazing success. They recently moved to Orlando, Fla., where they spent the last 10 years of her life.
Sandra was the beloved wife of Ronald C. Parah for over 54 years, beloved mother to four children and beloved Nana to seven grandchildren and beloved “old” Nana to four great-grandchildren. Mom will be remembered forever and always by her children, Deborah Parah, James Parah, Melissa Dougan with husband Casey and Amanda Parah. Survived by her sister, Judy Bessette and her husband Dan from Marana, Ariz., and her brother John Sheltra and his wife, Elizabeth, from Essex Jct., and treasured grandchildren Thomas Arsenault, Ashley Parah, Allison Lague and husband Paul, Melanie Parah, Danielle Parah, Kaylee Dougan and she was greeted in heaven by Mark Arsenault (1985-2007). She is also survived by loving great grandchildren Kaden and Emma Arsenault (children of Thomas), Ryaleigh Parah (daughter of Danielle) and Kelsey Lague (daughter of Allison and Paul), several nieces, and nephews along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her.
Sandra loved to cook, entertain, play golf and computer games and be surrounded by family and friends. She touched the lives of many with her smile and generosity. She will be missed greatly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield Street, St. Albans. The Reverend Brian J. O’Donnell will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the Parah family lot in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to: The American Cancer Society in memory of Sandra Parah. Call 800.227.2345, option #2 or mail donations to PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.