Sandra (Sandi) Elma Gilbert Campanelli, 67, of Milford, beloved wife of Michael Campanelli, Sr. passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021 in Naples, Florida. Born on March 6, 1954 in Milford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Antoinette (Toni) Gilbert.
Sandi was born and raised in Milford, where she married her best friend and soulmate Mike. This past summer they celebrated 50 years of marriage. Together they raised two children that she was extremely proud of, Michael Campanelli, Jr. and Amy Campanelli-Buggé. She was a short order cook, chauffeur and the biggest cheerleader for them and all their friends. Sandi was a second mom to all, and her love for family was never ending. She was also proud of her second son, her son-in-law Vincent Buggé and she cherished her only granddaughter, the sunshine of her life, Alyson Michaela.
Sandi was an employee of Bic Corporation for 13 years. She was a dedicated and hardworking employee. She often bragged about the wonderful friends she made there and the many life lessons they taught her along the way. After that she opened her own home daycare where for 20 years she cared for family and friends' children. She loved each and every child like her own.
She was a proud loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who lived a life full of love and joy. Sandi had a sense of humor which was on point and a never ending list of questions even sharper. Before rheumatoid arthritis took control of her body she enjoyed walking around craft fairs, painting, working in her garden and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley Davidson. She loved to drink tea, watch HGTV and talk with friends.
Sandi always seemed to know how to lift someone's spirits when they needed it most and surprising many others with random acts of kindness. She held herself with such strength and grace even in trying times. RA may have slowed her down but she was a fighter until the very end. She loved life and lived it to its fullest, always surrounding herself with family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Along with her husband, children and granddaughter, Sandi leaves behind her sister, Marie Gilbert Perkins (Ballston Spa, NY), several brother and sister-in-laws, many nieces and nephews and countless friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Harry Gilbert III (Milford, CT).
In honor of Sandi’s wishes, we respectfully request that people who are attending the services wear attire with bright colors, especially pink, which was her favorite. We all know it’s not advisable to not follow her rules.
Friends and family may call from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Cody White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Food2Kids in Sandi’s name or mailed to Milford Food 2 Kids, First United Church of Christ, 34 West Main Street, Milford, CT. 06460.
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