Dr. Sandra J. (Ruegg) Chesborough

sandra chesborough

June 21, 1942 ~ February 13, 2024

Born in: Bessemer, Michigan
Resided in: Fletcher, North Carolina

Dr. Sandra J. (Ruegg) Chesborough, age 81, formerly of Rochester, MN, passed away on Feb. 13, 2024 in Asheville, NC. The first-born daughter of the late Russell and Dena Ruegg, Sandra graduated from John Marshall High in 1960. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Ed from Winona State University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Florida.

Sandra taught at several universities and retired from St. Cloud State University, as a Department of Social Work professor. She dedicated her lifework to helping others, addressing social injustices and inequalities for those in need.

Sandra is survived by daughters, Andrea Bishop (Alan), Amber Chesborough (Gordon Bromley); grandchildren, Addyson, Aaron, and Alexa Bishop. Siblings Barbara Thiem, Susan Spielberger (Richard), Steven Ruegg (Robin), two nieces and two nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 21 at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, NC.

Condolences may be sent to Andrea Bishop at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC or placed online at www.grocefuneralhome.com.


Graveside Service: February 21, 2024 1:00 pm

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary
195 Blessed Way
Mills River, NC 28759


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. So sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing. May she rest in peace. Our sympathies go out to her children, grandchildren, and siblings.

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