Sandra “Sandy” Nyseth, 82, passed away peacefully Monday, January 9th at Mayo Hospital in La Crosse, WI.

Mom was born on March 20, 1940, in Eau Claire, WI, to the late Albert Clark and Florence (Shoemaker) Johnson. She attended Altoona High School, where she met the love of her life; David Leroy Nyseth, and was united in marriage in August of 1957 at the age of 17. Mom was a caregiver at the age of 15 when she was pulled out of high school to help care for her siblings at home, and later continued to be a caregiver through her adulthood taking them into her own home at their time of need. It’s not surprising that through her lifetime she had such a loving and caring soul for animals, as to take in helpless fur babies and nurture them back to health. Mom loved long rides in the country and camping when we were little. As her kids grew and moved out of the house she continued with the love of country rides, gardening, collecting glassware and jewelry and going to flea markets and thrift sales with dad, until he passed away in February of 2000. Mom was also a wonderful cook with all her homemade meals and also had amazing baking skills, loved sewing, knitting and volunteering her time at the local nursing homes. Together Dad and Mom raised 5 children.

She is survived by: Scott Lee Nyseth (Brenda) Debra Sue Wagner (Dennis), Larry James Nyseth (Karen), David Barry Nyseth (Mindy) and Sherry Lynn Frank (Duane) and were blessed to have 13 grandchildren: April Chaffee, Scott Nyseth Jr., Joshua Wagner, Amanda Wagner, Candra Reider, Cameron Nyseth, Jenna Gosbin, Jeremy Gosbin, Jacob Holmberg, Abigail Nyseth, Thane Nyseth, Kylie and Tess Frank, along with 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Her sisters Mary Barden (Gary), Ann McKay (Michael), Diana Harris (Mickey) and brother, Steve Otto.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Larry Johnson, sister, Patricia Burns (Chuck), daughter in law Carol Nyseth and grandchild, Kasey Nyseth.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers of Mayo Hospital, La Crosse for taking care of her. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Birch Street Baptist Church: 3120 Birch Street Eau Claire, WI with interment following at Rest Haven Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family and friends may leave online condolences below.


  1. Most of you kids may remember your babysitter, “Brenda.” At least I think Scott and Debbie should. I spent a lot of time at your house babysitting when you were very little. Your dad was my dad’s cousin. Our grandmothers were sisters. I absolutely adored your mom and dad. It’s been quite a while since I last saw them, and I always wanted to see your mom again when I made it back to Wisconsin. I now live in North Carolina. My sympathies to all of you, but the great thing is that you have each other to help you get through your loss. Love & hugs, Brenda.

  2. Sorry to have heard of her passing. I liked both of them. DAVE and Sandy why both very good people to me. I baby sat SCOTT and BRENDA when they were young. This is not much but time will heal things. Best wishes to you all.

  3. We are sending our deepest sympathy. Sandy was such a beautiful lady inside and out. We are thinking of you all and sending our thoughts and prayers. Love you all ❤️

  4. To the family of Sandy Nyseth….I’m out of town and on able to attend the funeral. I’m sorry for your loss. My heart-felt sympathy goes out to the family. Dave and Sandy were two people I enjoyed talking to and being around. Be comforted in knowing that she is with our Lord. Think of all the precious memories that you have of her that you’ll cherish as long as you live. People that we truly love are never lost. They live forever in our hearts. May our Lord love and keep her safe. Blessed be her memory.

    Ted Nyseth

    Ted Nyseth

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