Sandra McNeil

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Sandra McNeil

January 15, 1950 - January 24, 2019

Sandra McNeil Sandra McNeil, 69, of Grace Avenue, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at her residence.
She was born in Plattsburgh on Jan. 15, 1950, the daughter of Randall and Margaret (St. Denis) Jennette.
Sandra graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 1967, received her Bachelor Degree in 1971 and her Master's Degree in 1989, both from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Sandra became a registered dietitian in 1976 after meeting all national qualifying standards. She worked at CVPH, UNC in Chapel Hill and Glens Falls Hospital for a total of 42 years of practice. In addition she did private consulting work with many organizations. Many presentations were provided nationally, on the state-level, along with a large volume of media interactions.
Sandra was a member of the NYS Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving on the Board for many years. She served on many national committees and task forces. Successfully she achieved the Fellow Status by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
She was elected as NY Delegate to the National organization for seven years. She also served as NY Public Policy Coordinator for five years working on topics in New York and Washington, DC such as the Farm Bill, reimbursement, diabetes and licensure.
Sandra enjoyed mentoring students and interns for many years. In 2008 she earned the competitive award of Distinguished NY Dietitian, in 2014 she was appointed by the NY Regents Board of Dietetics and Nutrition (office of the professions) and 2016-2017 Co-Chair of NYS Academy 3-day Centennial Exposition in national celebration of the 100 years of the profession of dietetics. National speakers and exhibits were abundant.
After returning to Plattsburgh in 2013 she engaged with friends of Point au Roche, serving on the Board, Clinton County Master Gardener Program, Kent DeLord House Museum, serving on the board and Garden Club President, and senior Fitness Program.
Survivors include her two children, Kelly and Jessie LaFountain of Beekmantown and Darren McNeil and his companion, Kasey Murray of Maine; three grandchildren, Kendra, Michaela and Hannah LaFountain; siblings, Carol and Bob Schwartz of Texas, Rhonda and Barton Strack of Glenville, N.Y., Randall and Ursula Jennette of Beekmantown, Scott and Barbara Jennette of West Chazy and Angela Jennette of Plattsburgh.
She was predeceased by her parents and infant sister, Lisa.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will be at a later date in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Kent DeLord House or Friends of Point au Roche.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Published on January 25, 2019
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Father Alfred H. Fish
Feb 11, 2019
This wonderful lady will be remembered in my daily prayers. Humbly, Father Alfred H. Fish(Roman Catholic Priest).
Jeff Moore
Jan 26, 2019
I met Sandy through the Snow Removal Advisory Committee. I enjoyed working with her, she was a great person. Sorry for your loss.
The Murrays
Jan 26, 2019
With Our Deepest Sympathy.
I hope this poem offers you comfort.
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my own familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accide
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
-Henry Scott-Holland
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Linda Mott
Jan 25, 2019
I met Sandy through Master Gardner’s. She was a sweet lady.So very sorry for your loss. My Deepest Sympathy
Jolene Wallace
Jan 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Sandi was quite a woman and I enjoyed working with her as one of our Master Gardeners. Her quick wit and compassion towards others endeared her to many. She will be sorely missed.
Tom & Linda Stuart Sr
Jan 25, 2019
A good and caring lady. Worked with her at CVPH. RIP.
Mary Krakowski
Jan 24, 2019
RIP Sandy.
Working with you at CVPH was a pleasure.
Terry Barber
Jan 24, 2019
I very much enjoyed working with Sandra at Glens Falls Hospital - even though we were in different departments. She was the ultimate professional in her field and a joy to converse with.