Sheryl Rose (Lippitt) Sandhaus

Sheryl Rose (Lippitt) Sandhaus, age 64, of Mountain View, Missouri, passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones on February 16, 2024. She battled a lifetime with a rare genetic disorder that was never fully diagnosed.
Sheryl was born February 20, 1959 in Imperial, NE to Peggy and Newton Lippitt. She graduated from Rolla High School in 1977. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with her Bachelor of Education in 1981. She completed her Master of Education later in 1997. Sheryl was working as a sign language interpreter when Joseph A Sandhaus signed up and attended a class of hers. This is where their love story began. They were married on June 26, 1982 in Rolla, Missouri. Joe and Sheryl welcomed a baby girl, Jaime (Sandhaus) Rantanen on May 14, 1985. Sheryl was a lifelong member of the Christian Church and was an avid participant in all churchwide activities, councils, choir, and leadership. She worked as a special education teacher and interpreter for the duration of her life. When she retired, she became quite the Avon lady and sold Thirty-One bags.
Sheryl was a friend to all. She never let her genetic disorder or sickness stop her from living a full life. She was given only 10 years to live when she was born. Sheryl dedicated her life to living as if she would pass away the next day. She was always the planner. Anything and everything that she could plan a party for, she would. She was always finding an association, council, or committee to be a part of. Sheryl loved to laugh and loved to be around people. She extended her love through the years through family, friends, students, and anyone she could reach. She had a heart and soul dedicated to the Lord and spent her life preaching about her love and faithfulness. She was always running on her own schedule.
Sheryl was always heard. Whether it was laughing, storytelling, or singing, you’d know if she was near. There was only one time you could end up on Sheryl’s bad side and that was if you were beating her at a game. She was an aggressive Aggravation player, a Boggle mastermind, and the keeper of the UpWords. She embraced creativity through card making, song writing, and puzzle putting together. You know you were lucky if you’d ever been invited to one of her exclusive holiday tea parties. She was always a light in this world. Her heart was pure gold, and her soul was a breath of fresh air. She will be missed by many, but her legacy will live on for generations to come.
Sheryl was no stranger to loss and was preceded in death by her parents, Newton and Peggy Lippitt; her brother, Carl Lippitt; daughter, Jaime (Sandhaus) Rantanen; and nephew, Christopher Lippitt. Her family is overjoyed knowing that she was greeted into heaven by numerous friends and family that she adored. We just know the tea party she is throwing up there is EPIC.
Sheryl is survived by her husband, Joseph Sandhaus; her sister, Patricia (Lippitt) Sandhaus and her husband John Sandhaus; son-in-law, James Rantanen and his wife, Rebecca Rantanen. She had countless family ties including, but not limited to, brothers- in- law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and surrogate grandchildren.
Celebration of Life Services were held April 27, at West Lake Christian Church in Gravois Mill, Missouri. Cremation Arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at


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