In loving memory of

SanDee J. December
May 9, 1946 - September 14, 2022

SanDee J. December, 76, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 14, 2022 peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family.

SanDee was born in Marquette on May 9, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Isabelle (Desormier) and Joseph December.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert and Joseph December.

SanDee is survived by a daughter, Melanie (Joe) Papin; sister, Suann December and her husband Bill Gravedoni; brother, David December; sister-in-law, Evelyn December; granddaughter, Chelsea Papin and a great granddaughter, Izzy. She also has several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will take place at a later time.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on the 6th floor of U.P Health System as well as U.P. Home Health and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Ishpeming Cancer Society, 7955 County Road CH, Ishpeming, MI 49849 in SanDee's memory.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Marquette is assisting the December family where memories of SanDee may be shared at


Penny Perry wrote on Sep 26, 2022:

"Mel & family I'm so sorry for your loss. Picture of your mother is beautiful. Definitely passed on to you, Chelsea, and Izzy. Only met her a few times but the love and closeness was very apparent for all of you. Thinking of you and sending prayers. May your memories get you through this. "

Carol Hennigan wrote on Sep 26, 2022:

"Want to send my sincere sympathy to SanDee's family. I worked with Sandee at Michigan Bell for many years. She was a joy to be around. She loved her family and I enjoyed seeing pictures she would post. Again, my prayers are with you all. Carol Hennigan"

Kelly Jo wrote on Sep 24, 2022:

"What a beautiful picture! It captures her perfectly. So many memories! I think the most fun was going with SanDee, SuAnn and Grandma to visit Uncle David and family in Hawaii. We laughed so hard the whole two weeks. So glad Izzy got time with her great grandma ?? Hugs to you all. May all the great memories bring smiles through your tears"

Linda Dionne wrote on Sep 24, 2022:

"What a perfect picture to remember SanDee. I worked with her for many years but as Paulette said, she was always ready to have fun. Fond memories of office mystery party, getting lost on X-country ski trail & towed out by snowmobile. Sincere sympathies. RIP Linda Dionne"

Timothy S December wrote on Sep 24, 2022:

"My sincere condolences to you and your family. One of my earliest memories is having "teenager" SanDee babysit us in the early 1960's. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow."

Paulette Lindberg wrote on Sep 23, 2022:

" Melanie and family I hope your family will find comfort in the fun times and great memories you shared with your Mom. She was a lady who was always ready to have fun.She was a kind and giving person that I?m grateful to have k own. Her Sister SueAnn I also extend my sympathy to as well. "

Kathy Leone wrote on Sep 23, 2022:

"Mel - I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you showing me pictures of you, your Mom, aunt and daughter, in full Halloween costume and make-up, having a wonderful time! May those memories of fun, laughter and companionship bring you comfort and keep your Mom close. "

Diane McPhee wrote on Sep 23, 2022:

"My condolences to SanDee's family. I worked with her years ago in Marquette and she was indeed a very special person. "