Sandra “Sandy” Thorsby

July 18, 1953 - November 23, 2023

Service: Sandy’s wish was for no services to be held. 

Sandra “Sandy” Thorsby, age 70, died Thursday, November 23, 2023 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Sandy’s wish was for no services to be held.

Sandra Kay Van Buskirk was born on July 18, 1953 to Winnie (Hulleman) and Vernon Van Buskirk in Hawarden, IA.  The family moved to Canton, SD in 1967.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1971.  She later attended Killian College.  She married David Edwin Thorsby on June 11, 1976.

Sandy spent 17 years of her life working at Keystone Treatment Center as a dedicated counselor.  Through the years, she formed strong friendships with her co-workers and the innumerable clients she helped along their roads to recovery.  In her spare time, Sandy enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and shopping trips with her dear friend, Mel.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, David of Canton, SD; children, Kari (Dean) Hargus of Brooking, SD, and David S. Thorsby of Sioux Falls, SD;  grandchildren, Sid Thorsby (Tatum Nott) of Colorado Springs, CO, Hannah (Gerrod) Dannen of Harrisburg, SD, and Emma Snyder (Alex McDermott) of Beresford, SD; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Duane (Marissa) Van Buskirk of Beaverton, OR and Bruce (Lori) Van Buskirk of Beresford, SD; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.


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  1. Tami Rikansrud on November 25, 2023 said:

    Kari, David & Thorsby family, I’m so sorry to see this. I’ll sure miss her at work. She was so silly & happy to name a few. I’m thinking of you.

  2. Nina Edmunds Brown on November 25, 2023 said:

    I was sorry to hear about Sandy. Our families knew each other my whole life and I have fond memories of her and her laugh. My sympathies to David and Bruce and their families.

  3. Sterling & Mary Heath on November 25, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Love and prayers to the families.

  4. Carol Regier on November 25, 2023 said:

    Sandy was a dedicated counselor for several years. She touched many lives and helped them discover recovery. She always had a cheerful smile and was an encouragement to others. I was grateful for Sandy and enjoyed working with her. God’s blessings to you and your family Dave. Praying that God will bless you with wonderful memories until you meet again. Carol Regier

  5. Charlene Olseth on November 25, 2023 said:

    So so sorry for yur loss Dave!!! Hugs big guy!

  6. David Scot Thorsby on November 26, 2023 said:

    I just want to thank everybody for their condolences, my mother was a wonderful woman a friend a sister a mother and a wife. I’ve been very fortunate in life to have her as my mom

  7. Pat Harms (Geraets) on November 30, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear about Sandy!

  8. Cheryl McCann on November 30, 2023 said:

    Dave so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She will be missed. Hugs to your family my friend

  9. Ila Torkelson on November 30, 2023 said:

    My sympathy to all of Sandys family. I just loved her, she was so sweet and loving like her mama. She will be so missed.

  10. Claude M on December 3, 2023 said:

    RIP Sandy.

  11. Linda Gustafson on December 3, 2023 said:

    She was such an awesome lady! She helped so many including me. Prayers for you Dave and the family.

  12. Sharon K. Anderson on December 13, 2023 said:

    David……. so sorry to hear about Sandi and sorry we haven’t stayed in touch. it’s wonderful you had so many good years with her. That’s quite a family you have gathered. Take care cuz.

  13. Cheryl Lems on January 22, 2024 said:

    Dave we are so sorry to hear about your beautiful wife! She will be missed by everyone who knew her! 🙏🏻🙏🏻