Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Sandy Paprocki was pretty much an indoor girl. She loved to read, which she did inside, not sitting out in the sun -- or even in the shade. She left yard work and tending to flowers in the borders around the house up to husband, Jerry. Camping, fishing, going to the beach, spending time at the lakefront wasn't her schtick. That made the news of her diagnosis a few years ago of melanoma surprising, to say the least.
The visible manifestation was a mole, which isn't uncommon with melanoma.
Sandy had surgery--more than one, actually--and underwent a pretty rigorous regimen of chemotherapy. That, plus some additional types of treatment were eventually followed by the good news that scans and other tests were clear. But as can happen with this insidious disease, it lurked and resurfaced internally a year or two later.
Following more treatments and some months of what her doctor said would be accompanying lethargy and generally not feeling well, it was expected that come the first of this year she would start on an upswing. After months of waiting and hoping to feel better, a couple of weeks ago Sandy took a nosedive from which she didn't recover.
The students at Divine Mercy where she worked for several years held a memorial for her and the funeral Mass at Divine Mercy on Saturday was packed. So even though Sandy didn't spend much time outside, dozens of her friends and family members sure did come out for her.
They and the rest of her South Milwaukee neighbors will miss her.