Joel, Sandra A.

Cranston, RI

Joel, Sandra A., 95, of Cranston, RI, daughter of the late Joseph and Prudence (Israel) Waldman, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2023. Born and raised in Providence, RI, Sandra graduated from Hope High School and the former Rhode Island College of Education (now RIC). Sandra was a dedicated and loyal teacher for the Providence Public Schools for 36 years.

Sandra was the beloved wife of Joseph A. Joel for the past 72 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her 5 devoted children: Linda Joel Licker (Joel), Steven D. Joel (Judith), Nancy Joel DeSaint (the late Barry DeSaint), Paula S. Joel, and James W. Joel. Cherished grandmother of 8. Loving great-grandmother of 4. Dear sister of the late Leonard Waldman and Dianne Kleinmann.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. A burial will follow at the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, RI. Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Gloria Gemma Resource Foundation, 249 Roosevelt Avenue, Unit 201, Pawtucket, RI 02860 or the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

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  1. Tamarra Egan
    Oct 28, 2023

    Paula and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing. She was a lovely lady, always with a big, beautiful smile. Rest in sweet eternal peace, Sandra.

  2. Theresa Waldman
    Oct 29, 2023

    Dear Joel Family: We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Sandra. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.

    Howard and Theresa

  3. Lisa Waldman
    Oct 30, 2023

    Dear cousins,

    Martha and I send our deepest sympathies. Sandra had a beautiful spirit. May her memory be a blessing.

    Love you all,

  4. From Kathy and Kerry Dupree
    Oct 30, 2023

    Aunt Sandra was one of the sweetest ladies I knew and our love goes to the Joel family.

  5. Robert Schonfield
    Oct 30, 2023

    Joel Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss .Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    The Schonfield Famiy

  6. Pat Maymon
    Oct 30, 2023

    Dear Joel Family: I am so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. I had the privilege of meeting her years ago, and will remember her as such a special person who was happy to share her love of teaching PE. I’m so grateful to have known her. May your memories of her give you comfort during this difficult time. With respect, Pat Maymon

  7. Craig and dorothy kobel
    Oct 30, 2023

    Condolences to you and your family Jimmy,

  8. Kelly Florenz
    Oct 30, 2023

    Paula, Jonathan, Andrew and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear the news of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Kelly, Anthony and Isabella

  9. Leah and Nick
    Oct 30, 2023

    Sending you all hugs and kisses to embrace you at this most difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
    Love, Leah and Nick

  10. Donna Prout
    Oct 30, 2023

    Dear Linda –
    I was reflecting on you and your family recently then saw your mother’s obituary today. I am so so very sorry for your loss.
    I remember your parents fondly – especially your mom
    Wow – 72 years married – what a blessing – and what a legacy
    May your memories comfort you and bring you happiness

  11. Katie smith
    Oct 31, 2023

    Dearest Paula Jon Andrew and Family
    Our deepest sympathy
    Sending our thoughts and prayers
    The Smith’s

  12. Donna Scuncio
    Oct 31, 2023

    Linda and Joel Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for such a Great loss..Surely Sandra is very proud of all of you ! She’s been granted true peace in her new home with God ! Much Sympathy

  13. Jackie and David Hersey
    Oct 31, 2023

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your memories bring you peace. Rest in peace, Mrs. Joel.

  14. Rhonda Resnick Godfrey and Daniel Godfrey
    Nov 2, 2023

    Dearest cousins, we are so very sorry for the loss of Sandy. She had such a lovely, warm and engaging personality. It was always a pleasure to see her at family affairs. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace at this difficult time.
    Much love,
    Rhonda and Dan

  15. Simone Peixinho
    Nov 2, 2023

    My deepest condolences to Mr Joel and the entire Joel family on your great loss. Thinking of you all and sending love.
    Simone Peixinho

  16. Joe Zito (E. Greenwich)
    Nov 4, 2023

    To Joe & family
    I was saddened to learn of Sandra’s passing. Truly a wonderful and most gracious lady with a warm smile…and always a kind word. I will always remember her fondly. Thoughts and prayers to all.

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