Sandra Sensel

Sandra Ann Josephine Karkota Sensel, passed away December 1, 2016 peacefully at her home in Beacon, NY. Born 10/9/42 in Newton, NJ to Anna Homonchuk Karkota & Joseph John Karkota. Sandra lived in Brooklyn, NY till she was 8 and moved with her parents to Beacon, NY where she grew up and lived happily.
She graduated from Beacon H.S. in 1961 and took courses at Dutchess Comm. College as well as the CIA Institute passing all and having fun. Sandra married the love of her life, Richard Sensel September 5, 1965 at St. Joachims Church and was married for 47 yrs until his death in 5/1/13.
Sandra worked at Texaco’s Reservation Center for 23 yrs. Sandra shared her husbands passion for 7 corvettes and 8 old Fords and drove them all. Her passions were her horses, riding, driving her horse and carriages. She enjoyed her RV’s and cruising the seas.
Sandra was also a member of numerous horse and carriage driving clubs, the Mid Hudson Driving Assoc. and Mid Hudson Draft Horse Assoc., as well as other clubs in various states, as well as 2 national clubs.
Survivors include: Her favorite cousins Joanne Karkota Norton and husband Tom of Merrick, NY. Their daughter Amanda, New Paltz, NY, Cousin Constantine Homonchuk and his wife Maggie of Marlboro NY. Cousin Thomas Karkota of Merrick, NY. Cousin Norberta Modliszewski of Wampum, PA. She is also survived by her very close friends, Eunice Shumalski, Stone Ridge, NY, Marilyn Coates, Fishkill NY, Joy & Malcom Mills, Hopewell Junction, NY, Andrea Phillips Cold Spring, NY, as well as Sandra’s cats, Horace, Ringo and Bingo and her horse Gidione. Sandra parents predeceased her.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mid Hudson Cat Santuary, 1 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508.
Visitation will be held, Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Libby Funeral Home, Inc.
Interment will follow at St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Washington Ave. Beacon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY (845) 831-0179
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Date Of Service
Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:00 o 8:00 PM

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY

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  1. Saturday, Dec-03rd-2016 says:
  2. Frances Johnson Duggan (Judy Johnson) says:

    Sandra and I were best friends in high school. We even spent two weeks in Brooklyn with her grandmother during Easter vacation. We lost touch after we were married but I thought of her frequently. I remember the fun we had being in the Senior play together. I am so sad to know that she died. I hope that she had a wonderful and happy life.

  3. Linda Loffay says:

    So sorry to hear of Sandy\’s passing. We spent many fun days riding our horses on the Hickman\’s Farm in E.F. She had Buckshot back then. We both loved our horses very much.

  4. Bill Sheffield says:

    It was in 1968 that I worked in Beacon as a young Engineer for Texaco R & D. There I met Dick Sensel who was employed as a technician in the same section to which I was assigned (section was officially known as \

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