With the 58 years I was so fortunate to spend with my loving wife Sandi, it’s painful to describe what she endured during the days, weeks, and months of health problems. But she never swayed from her positive and loving nature that touched those around her. Her abundant love and respect touched those who had the fortune of her presence. And especially for her sons,
Brian, Peter, and Andy…our grandchildren Megan, Natalie and Matthew. And our wonderful daughters in law whose company she cherished. We call upon ourselves to turn sadness into good fortune, for Sandi having dear friends around her and for you having known her. – Bob Greenstone
We are all connected, every one of us, and everything we do in our lives affects those around us and then, in turn, affects those around them, and so it goes. Energy goes on forever. A tall wave, just as any ripple, evanesces over time and distance; it becomes shorter and the crests spread out further until it is an imperceivable swell, but it always remains.
My mother was a kind and loving person by her very nature. It wasn’t something she worked at being but how I always knew her to be. She cared about everyone she knew, everyone she met. Everyone mattered to her, and she gave her ear, her attention, her empathy, her love, and her light freely.
Mom taught my brothers and me what it is to be a genuinely good person in this world and how to find it in others. She demonstrated it every day through her words, her actions, her loving presence in this world. The ripples that she sent out reflected off everyone and everything around her and illuminated our lives in a shimmering light. Her love made me love this world more.
With my mother’s passing the world is
a darker place. It cannot be because her light, like all energy, will go on forever in those she shared it with and in those they share it with and so it goes. Until the end of time her presence will reflect and evanesce and there will always be more love and kindness in this world for everyone. And off that furthest darkest shore her light will still reflect and make its way back home. - Peter Greenstone
Sandra Phyllis Greenstone was born Sandra Phyllis Stollman in Detroit, Michigan on August 9, 1940 to Freida and Max Stollman. She grew up in a loving family with her two brothers, Bernie and Melvin.
After graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education Sandi went on to become a middle school teacher in Detroit where she first honed her skills as an educator. In 1964 she met the great love of her life, Robert Greenstone, and a year later, in 1965 they began a beautiful marriage that lasted 58 years.
In 1972 Sandi moved with her young family to Houston, Texas where she and her husband raised their three boys. Within a short time she became actively involved with Congregation Beth Am where she served on the Board and contributed her abilities and leadership. Over the years Sandi developed great friendships that she cherished.
After raising her children into adulthood Sandi volunteered with Child Advocates where she gave so much of her heart. In 1996 she went on to get her Master’s Degree in psychology and returned to serving as an educator, a professor of Psychology at Houston Community College. In recent years Sandi also tutored students on their Psychology essays.
Sandi is survived by her husband, Bob, her three sons, Brian, Peter, and Andy, and her grandchildren, Meagan, Natalie, and Matthew who love and miss her.
To honor Sandi’s memory, the family has chosen these two meaningful organizations:
St, Jude Children’s Research Hospital: