Sandra Biver

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Sandra M. Biver, nee Heer, 65, of Troy, IL, formerly of Swansea, IL, born April 29, 1954, in Breese, IL, died Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at her residence.

Sandy dedicated her life to working with children and families through early childhood education, most notably as the Site Coordinator of the Belleville Head Start Center. She loved traveling and playing rummy with her husband, organizing gatherings for her family, and planning games and events for her grandchildren. She had an incredible gift for lifting up those who are small, helping them learn, believe in themselves, and love themselves.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel C. and Pearl Anna, nee Krausz, Heer.

Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Paul J. Biver, whom she married on January 28, 1978;
two sons, Joseph (Veronica) Biver and Samuel (Lisa) Biver;
one daughter, Katherine (Jason) Newcomb;
six grandchildren, Elliot Griffith, Simon Newcomb, Gabriel Newcomb,
Adler Newcomb, Kennedy Biver, and Spencer Biver;
three sisters, Darlene Neil, Karen (Doug) Koschel,
and Janika Kaye Heer;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Belleville Head Start Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

According to Sandra’s wishes, her remains were donated to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


13 Comments on Sandra Biver

Cheri & Mike Nolan said : Guest Report May 09, 2020 at 7:04 AM

We were friends of Sandy & Paul Biver, when we were living in Cairo, and we were all young. We enjoyed their friendship. We are sorry for the loss her family must feel. Her obituary was well written; she hadn't changed from when we knew her (& Paul).

  • Illinois
Sam Lisuzzo said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2020 at 6:27 PM

I was so sorry to hear this. I knew Sandy in 1974/75 college. She was the picture of a summer smile. I’d always hoped she’d find a life that brought her great joy. It seems she did and I am happy for that. Dearest Sandy, I’m sorry your time was not longer. I’m glad you were happy. I’d hoped through social media we might become friends once again. Alas - too late.

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2019 at 5:52 PM

Sorry to read of Ms Sandy's passing. My foster child attended Belleville Headstart when Ms Sandy was director there many years ago. Then our paths crossed again when I was a volunteer at another Headstart. And I stopped volunteering at Headstarts in May 2019. So I wasnt told of her passing n I dont get a newspaper. So sorry for your loss. RIP

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jeannine Warford said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2019 at 11:02 PM

Paul and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sandy was an incredible woman. I enjoyed working with her at St Teresa’s and then SWIC Kids’ Club. She will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sandy and Mark Schroeder said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2019 at 7:01 PM

So sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of Sandy and her great contributions at St. Teresa School. She was always so good with all the kids. Mark and Sandy Schroeder

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Gerry and Barb Hasenstab said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Paul Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers . Celebrate her life. She has left a great legacy of loving and caring for so many people of the family of God

  • Fairmont City
  • IL
Marsha Kurowski said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2019 at 5:16 PM

Paul- so very sorry to see of Sandy's passing. She was always smiling and making a difference inso many childrens' lives. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Marsha

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carolyn said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2019 at 9:29 PM

Offering condolences to the family of Sandy M. Biver. She was such a major part of the Head Start family-even when she retired her presence was still felt here. I hope that for you as you say goodbye to her beautiful spirit.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Michael C TInkler said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2019 at 7:34 AM

Paul So sorry to here of your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mark and Maureen Biver said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2019 at 1:01 AM

We’re so deeply sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She was a beautiful, kind and caring wife mother sister sister-in-law and friend. She will be deeply missed. You have an angel looking after you now . ❤️??

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Mark and Maureen Biver said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2019 at 12:57 AM

We’re so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing! She was a beautiful, kind, and loving sister-in-law. You all have our deepest sympathy! You have an angel looking over you! ❤️?

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Jim&Donna Keefe said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2019 at 2:52 PM

Dear Paul and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Sandy. She was a remarkable woman, wife, mother and grandmother. We remember her from the St. Teresa's days when she started the preschool and after school programs there. Always had a wonderful way with the kids and always new ways and activities to help them learn. Paul, you and Sandy made a great team. Know she will live on through the kids and grandkids. May all the good times and memories you shared with her help through these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jim & Donna Keefe

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen Cornell said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2019 at 2:04 PM

Oh goodness, what a terrible loss. Sandy was a kind and beautiful person that will be missed by so many of us. Prayers to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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