Sandra M. Rayer

Sandra M. Rayer

April 8, 1949 – October 23, 2021

She went home to Jesus after her struggle with Covid.  Known as “Princess” by her husband, Frank, “Mom” by her children, and “Nanie” by her grand and great-grandchildren.  She loved family and especially children.  Sandra was patriotic and very proud of her Italian/Sicilian heritage.  Told everyone she was 18 because that’s how she saw herself. Sandra was a beautiful and caring person who thought of everyone else first and wanted everyone to be “Nice”.

Preceded in death by parents, Theresa and Alfio “Fred” J. Ruma.  Survived by husband, Francis “Frank” Rayer; children: Sheryl Kanger (Ken), Michele Waszgis, Mark Rayer, Nicholas Rayer (Rebecca); grandchildren: Cody (Libby), Blake, Bernadette, Brooke Crosbie, Spencer and Joseph; great grandson, Colton James; siblings: Michael Ruma (Vickie), Sam Ruma (Joy), Mary Pat Hodgens (David); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lance and Phyllis Sebeniecher, Phillip and Shirley Rayer, Shirley and Joseph Rayer, Mary Jo and John Krance, Eleanor Dexter; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

VIGIL SERVICE: Friday, October 29th at 7pm at West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 5 to 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 30th at 10:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Avenue.  Private Interment: Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Santa Lucia Children Causes.

Immediately after Mass the Family is inviting you to join them for lunch to continue the Celebration of Sandie’s Life at the Sons of Italy Hall, 1238 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108.

To view live broadcasts of Vigil Service and Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.





  • phillip m rayer Posted October 25, 2021 7:03 pm

    We love you guys so much. We are heartbroken about Aunt Sandy. We loved her so much. We love you.

  • Adam Jacobs Posted October 25, 2021 8:59 pm

    To Frank, Nick, and the entire Rayer family: I’m so sorry for the pain you must be feeling. Sandie was a special person in my life and the lives of so many others. I will always have fond memories of your house on Vinton Street, She made me feel like part of the family. Your home was my home. I can still remember lessons learned (sometimes the hard way!), the loud whistle from the porch when we had gone too far in the neighborhood, and most of all her smile and laughter. I’ve loved seeing and catching up with Sandie & Frank at special occasions and family events over the years. You all are still like family. May God bless and comfort you. -Adam

  • Kelly Cano Posted October 26, 2021 9:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Dick and Anne Audas Posted October 26, 2021 10:17 am

    Anne and I have been friends with the Ruma family for 50 plus years. We are very sorry for the loss of Sandie. Very special person. God Bless.

  • Steve & Sheila Nebbia Posted October 26, 2021 3:41 pm

    Sheri, so very sorry to hear about your mom. Steve & I extend our deepest sympathies to you, Ken and your family. 🙏🏻

  • Teresa Higginbotham Posted October 27, 2021 8:30 am

    So Sorry Frank and Family, Prayers of comfort and peace be with you and May the Memories of her last forever.

  • Natalie Ryan Posted October 27, 2021 2:38 pm

    To The Rayer Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this process of grief. I remember Sandie fondly through the years as I think back when she started as Babysitting my little sister Alyssa Ryan (Novotny now) and myself. She was alot of fun and took us to great places my favorite was the Zoo. So Much laughter as I remember and I believe it still continued on in her life. It was great to find her on Facebook so I could still keep in touch. I know she is always going to be with you and your children especially with you Frank. I can’t imagine the pain you feel just find comfort in knowing she home with our Lord and you all will be reunited again. I’m so sorry for your loss! Anyone that knew her Loved her Sandie was and will always be the best!

  • Patricia Charron Posted October 27, 2021 2:46 pm

    Dear Frank and family,
    We are so very saddened by the loss of your beautiful wife Sandy she was a fun loving person with a personality bigger than life. We pray for you and your family at this sad time, our sincere condolences.
    Pat and Mike Charron

  • Debra Allan Posted October 28, 2021 9:48 pm

    She was a great lady who helped many children at Gilder Elementary School, including my son. She will be missed.

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