Glen Charles Sandner

Sept. 12, 1953 – Nov. 27, 2014

We are saddened to say that on Nov. 27, 2014, Glen Sandner passed away suddenly. Glen spent most of his life enduring more pain and suffering than anyone should have to, but never complained, and never stopped living life to its fullest. Glen was a hardworking man, wonderful husband and father, extremely kind and loving. At the age of 19, Glen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Glen was born in Grand Forks, B.C. and raised at Christina Lake, B.C. He graduated from Grand Forks Secondary High School, then on to Selkirk College and studied Heavy Duty Mechanics. He then moved to Peachland and apprenticed at Brenda Mines. He returned to Christina Lake and worked at Sandner Bros. Lumber Co. He was a member of the Christina Lake Fire Department, and Christina Lake Snowmobile Club. In August 1979 he met Mary Kay Applegarth in Vancouver, B.C. and they were married Sept. 13, 1980. In 1982 their Son Garth was born, and in 1984 their daughter Kelly Ann was born. In July 1984 after the family mill shut down, Glen moved his family to Delta, B.C. he worked for Van-Centre Fork lift until1990 when he decided to move back to Christina Lake, B.C. to be closer to his family. He worked for Pope & Talbot (now lnterfor Forest Products). In 1998, due to diabetes, Glen’s kidneys failed; his brother Allan donated one of his kidneys and Glen had his first transplant. In 2009 Glen received a pancreas transplant, which meant he was no longer a diabetic. In 2010 Glen came down with a very rare lung disorder called No-cardia – there were three cases of it that year in Grand Forks. Glen was very ill; he had to take high doses of antibiotics for one year, which distorted his new kidney. By 2013 Glen was living on dialysis. Glen endured so much, over the years: broken back, ribs, wrist, transplants, amputated toe, and then amputated lower leg. He kept going and would not give up – an inspiration for us all. Oct. 15, 2014 Glen received a new kidney donated by his wife Mary Kay. He felt great; the kidney was working as it should. Six weeks later, on Nov. 27, 2014, a blood clot took his life. Glen was predeceased by his son Garth in 1999, and his father Lincoln in 1999. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 35 years, Mary Kay Sandner; his daughter Kelly Ann Sandner; brother Allan; mother Sylvia Sandner, Uncle Lenard Hoon of Abbotsford; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held late spring or early Summer 2015 at Owl Mountain Ranch, Christina Lake, B.C. A notice will be put in the paper. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Christina Lake Fire Department in memory of Glen would be greatly appreciated.

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