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James Frederick Sander

October 28, 1962 September 22, 2016
James Frederick Sander
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Obituary for James Frederick Sander

James Frederick “Jim” Sander, a resident of Highland Township died on September 22, 2016 after availing battle with lung cancer. He was 53 years old.

Born on October 28, 1962, the son of Stephen and Constance Booth Sander, Jim grew up in East Lansing where his love for sports and the Michigan State University Spartans began. Jim graduated from Central Michigan University with his Bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He also holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. It was at Central where he met his wife Julie. They married on June 15, 1991 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in St. Claire Shores.

He was a teacher, coach, and friend to many. Jim took his first teaching position at Durand High School in 1990 where he taught for seven years. In the fall of 1997 he began his teaching career at Milford High School. In addition to teaching Mathematics, Jim enjoyed coaching girls and boys golf, and girls basketball for many years. He believed in playing honestly and taught the importance of doing things the right way. As a coach and teacher, Jim helped to mentor many young people in all aspects of life. Jim taught until May of 2016, long enough to see his AP Calculus class through their exam. Jim was proudly inducted into the Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame this past year.

Jim’s other love was golf. He golfed every day he could and enjoyed competing with friends at the Prestwick Village Golf Club and in amateur tournaments throughout Michigan.

When he was diagnosed with cancer, he approached it with the same diligence and optimism he used and taught throughout his life. “Let’s do it, we’ll get through this.”

In addition to Julie, his beloved wife of twenty-five years, he leaves his daughter, Jadyn; his sister, Constance (John) Starr; brother, Stephen Sander; in laws, Ronald and Janet Michalak; brothers in-law, Robert (Kathleen Michalak, Christopher Michalak, Brian Michalak and many nieces, nephews, extended family in both mourning his passing and giving thanks to god for his life among them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Constance Sander.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Sunday, September 25, from 4-9PM with a Time of Sharing at 7PM. A Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milford, on Monday, September 26, at 11AM with Msgr. John Budde officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church. Memorials may be made in his name to Jadyn’s College Fund (c/o Fidelity Investments), Five Points of Hope at Huron Valley Hospital, or to the Jim Sander Academic & Athletic Scholarship (c/o Milford High School). For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

Jim's family would like to encourage all to bring any special photos you may like to share.

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4:00 PM 9/25/2016 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 9/25/2016 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Time of sharing at 7PM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





11:00 AM 9/26/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

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