Sandra Adrian Quinnell, a lifelong teacher and library advocate, has passed away at the age of 89 in Marquette, MI. Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Quinnell pursued her teaching career in Michigan and was particularly involved with the local arts community and library fundraising. A celebration of her life will be held next summer, with donations encouraged to the Peter White Library or Lake Superior Art Association in lieu of flowers.
Sandra Adrian Quinnell, Notable Educator, Passes Away at 89
On October 10, 2023, Sandra Adrian Quinnell, renowned Marquette educator and arts enthusiast, passed away at 89 years old at Mission Point of Ishpeming.
Born in Racine, Wisconsin on July 24, 1934, Sandra was raised in Marquette, Michigan where she attended Graveraet High School and Northern Michigan University. She excelled in her teaching career, which began in Milford, Michigan after marrying Robert Wester in 1955. She returned to Marquette six years later, teaching at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School until her retirement.
Sandra Quinnell, Active Community Member
Beyond teaching, Sandra devoted herself to the Lake Superior Art Association and Art on the Rocks. In retirement, she promoted local libraries and led fundraising efforts. In 1978, she married Ed Quinnell and together they adopted her niece Amy and nephew Carl following the death of her sister Donna.
Sandra and Ed were known for their hospitality at their Lake Kawbawgam home. Their love for travel brought them to various U.S states and Europe, where Sandra indulged her passion for the French language.
Survivors and Celebration of Life
Sandra leaves behind her son Rick Wester, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, stepchildren, step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held next summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Peter White Library or Lake Superior Art Association in her name is encouraged.
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