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Sandra Loretta Bulina-Wallace

Sandra Loretta Bulina-Wallace, age 83, entered the Heavenly Gates on a sunny February 9, 2022, and was welcomed by many Christian friends and family! 

She leaves behind her daughter Bonnie (Kevin) Sypolt and grandson Joe Sypolt.  Sandra also leaves behind niece Jan Marie Elliott who was like a sister to her, longtime family friend Don White who was like a son to her, and her half-brother Richard (Mary Jane) Currie.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Mabel Yester, sister Jeanne Arrington, husband George “Chas” Bulina (33 years of marriage), son Richard Thompson (age 42), and husband Don Wallace (21 years of marriage). 

Born and raised in Akron, her childhood included fond memories growing up in North Hill and was a typical 1950’s lifestyle of poodle skirts and fun times!  Sandra was adopted as a newborn.  Later in life, she researched her birth parents and discovered that the father who adopted and raised her was her biological father – which explained their special closeness and bond. 

Sandra’s work career consisted of various administrative/office manager positions throughout her life which included working at Kohn Beverage, Kincaid Income Tax Service, Hanna Excavating, and Goss Memorial Church.  She was also a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Silhouettes, and later in life enjoyed her times with the ladies in the Stitch by Stitch group at Community Church of Portage Lakes.  She was a faithful giver to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for many years and crocheted numerous baby caps for Akron Children’s Hospital.  Sandra was a member of Community Church of Portage Lakes and previously a long-time member of Goss Memorial Church in Kenmore.

In her younger years, she enjoyed family events almost every weekend, playing cards with friends (especially Canasta and Rook), cake decorating, cooking, baking, crocheting, and reading.  Sandra traveled to California, Florida, Niagara Falls, Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., New York, Mackinaw Island, and cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska.  She was a longtime fan of the Indians, Cavs and Browns and even went to their training camp!  Sandra always had a love for Frank Sinatra’s music!  Later in life, she filled her time playing the piano.

She will be remembered by her name “Toots,” which her husband George lovingly called her; and also by the name “Bubba” – which is Russian (Baba) for Grandmother.  But, mostly she will be remembered by the numerous friends she had throughout her life, and the care she gave to both her husbands while they battled cancer at the end of their lives.  A heartfelt thanks to the caring staff and friends at The Inn at Coal Ridge for your patience, kind assistance and friendliness you provided her during her stay as you became her extended family.  Thank you to Crossroads Hospice for sitting with her around the clock and being there for us during her final days.

“Mom, you are now with your Christian family and loved ones.  We will mourn your passing, but have memories of you in our heart and know you are safely tucked in now.” 

Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park in Fairlawn, Ohio.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Bonnie & family,
I was shocked to see your wonderful mother & friend passed away. She and Donna are rejoicing together and with their loved ones that have gone before. I'm wondering what my Aunt Donna is 'enticing' her to eat now.....regardless, I'm sure she met your mother with open arms !!!

I am so sorry for your loss as she will be missed by many. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Sincere condolences,
Cathy Grissett Adamov (Donna's niece)
John 11:25 - 26

Cathy Grissett Adamov Feb 16 2022 7:48 PM

Bonnie, Kevin and Joe...so sorry for your loss and praying its a comfort knowing she is in the arms of Jesus. Sandy was such a sweet person that I was thankful to know while she attended Goss. She was such an elegant, loving, caring person. She richly blessed many. Hugs and prayers, Carol and Art Hurd

Carol Hurd Feb 14 2022 3:49 PM

I am grateful to of met this sweet lady and be a part of caring for her..In our conversations we found we shared a love for " angels" While losing them becomes very hard i'm glad to of been a part of taking care of her in her time of need and the freindship like family is worth it all. God bless you sweet Sandra may you rest easy with the angels now in peace 🙏😇

Wendy Feb 14 2022 6:42 AM

Love and prayers to Sandra's family. I was her pastor and she was my administrative assistant at Goss. She had a sign on her desk that read "do you want to talk to the man in charge or to the person who knows what's going on." We had some good times. I saw her the last few times that I sang at Coal Ridge. I will miss her the next time I sing there.

Pastor Bud Couts Feb 13 2022 1:16 PM

To the family of Sandy,
I am heartbroken for your huge loss. Sandy was very special, beautiful, graceful, welcoming, encouraging, and full of Christ's love. I was so blessed by her, having had many conversations with her... laughing, crying and praying with her. I look forward to seeing her again in our eternal home and rejoice in knowing that she is with her son whom she missed dearly and her Father whom she served faithfully. I am so grateful to have known her. You all are in my prayers, in Christ.

Lori Holmgren Feb 13 2022 11:54 AM