Luella Sandro


Dell Rapids, SD

April 15, 2021

Luella Sandro, 96, of Dell Rapids passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the Avera Dells Area Hospital. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Visitation will be in the church for two hours prior to the

Luella Mercedes Anderson was born on June 19, 1924 in Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Chris and Agnes Anderson. She was the first C-section in the Dell Rapids hospital. She attended Hunt School and graduated from Trent High School on May 15, 1942. She went on to graduate from SDSU in 1946 with a business degree. She then graduated with her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver on June 3, 1953. She taught high school typing, bookkeeping, and business classes in Dell Rapids, Eagan, Trent, and Hendricks, MN. While teaching in Hendricks, MN, she met Clayton Sandro and they were married on Thanksgiving evening on November 25, 1954. In 1955, they moved to a farm near Trent and spent the next 27 years raising chickens, cattle, hogs, and children. She took pride in her garden and the fall was always filled with canning fresh foods for the winter. In October 1957, they adopted a son, Murray Clayton Sandro and then in August 1959, they adopted a daughter, Joni Lou Sandro. She spent 24 years teaching at the Flandreau Indian School and retired in 1990 after a 34-year teaching career. 

She was active in the Dell Rapids Garden Club and multiple bible studies where she was the teacher. She was active in the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church women’s circles and Ladies Aide. During retirement, she and her husband, Clayton, enjoyed trips to Canada, Branson, MO, Minnesota, and Casper, WY. One of the greatest joys of her life was spending time with her grandchildren, Caleb and Whitney Bunce.

She is survived by her daughter, Joni (Peter) Bunce of Casper, WY, her grandchildren, Caleb Bunce of Caper, WY and Whitney Bunce of Huntsville, TX, and her daughter-in-law, Julie Sandro of Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Agnes Anderson, her husband, Clayton, and son, Murray Sandro.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be directed to the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church Chapel Fund.