Sandra Swanson “Sandy” St. Clair – St. James


Sandy St. Clair, after a lengthy battle with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 surrounded by her family and friends at her home in Southport, North Carolina. 

Sandy was born on May 7, 1943, in New Haven, Connecticut.  She spent her childhood in Branford, Connecticut where she attended and graduated from Branford High School in 1961.  She also graduated from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and in 1963 she returned to New Haven where she worked for the Yale Medical School.

In 1965, Sandy married Stillman St. Clair in East Haven, Connecticut.  After two years in the Army, they settled in the St. Louis, Missouri area where they lived for 15 years.  While in St. Louis she served as office manager for a number of doctors and served on the board of St. Richard’s Catholic Church and School.  In 1982, she and Stillman moved to Southington, Connecticut where they lived for 12 years.  She managed the office for a prescription drug company and was on the board of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church where she also coordinated a number of church projects.  In 1994 they moved back to St. Louis where they lived until 2007 when they retired to their home in Southport, North Carolina.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 46 years, Stillman.  In addition, she leaves a son, Scott and his wife Jeanette of Raleigh, NC and a daughter, Dena Imbergamo, and her husband William Imbergamo of Vienna, VA.  Sandy also had three granddaughters, Kendall and Taylor St. Clair of Raleigh and Jennifer Imbergamo of Vienna, VA.

The St. Clair family would like to publicly thank Mary McNear, Tammy Blake and others of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Salita Gleason, Maggie Orr and others from Coastal Companion Care for the wonderful care they afforded Sandy.

A private memorial service will be held. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to The ALS Association Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter, 120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27603 and to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC  28401.

You may send online condolences to

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.



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  1. Steve and Ann Haldeman says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire St. Clair family. Our dear friend will be deeply missed but we know her strong spirit will lift us forever. She’s probably having a martini right now.

  2. Brenda and Aaron Foster says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Tom and Marg April says:

    So very sorry. Our prayers are with you and yours.

  4. Sarah April Hampton says:

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family. I always remember all the fun times we had as little kids!!!

  5. Julia Byrd says:

    Will always remember Sandy for the smile she always had on her face no matter what. She was a great person and will be missed by all.

  6. Mike Ramsey OF Coastal Companion Care says:


  7. Joanne Cuddeback says:

    As a friend from St. Louis thanks to all in South Port who helped care for Sandy and Stillman during this tragic illness. Sandy filled every room with sunshine.

  8. Fran Schuster says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Sandy is an angel and showed all of us how to live in peace and grace even under very difficult circumstances. She will be missed. Our prayers continue to be with you and your family during this sad time.

  9. Chris Ladage says:

    May God’s comfort and peace be with all of the friends and family of Sandy.

  10. Barb Sutton says:

    Sandy was a special lady who touched my heart. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family through this rough time.

  11. Dolores and Art Rodenberg says:

    We are so sorry for your loss; and continue to pray for your strength and peace. Sandy was always a classy, positive lady and so much so during her most challenging time. We are grateful we knew her and reflect on the good times and laughs together. We will really miss her; but know her spirit lives on.

  12. Chris Smith & Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the St. Clair family. Love, The Smith’s

  13. Bhouses2001 says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Sandy was a very special lady who had a very special smile,and made me laugh when I was in her company!! You will forever be missed.

  14. Staci McKelvey says:

    Our prayers are with the St. Clair family during this difficult time. Sandy was a wonderful lady and will always be remembered.

    With Sympathy,

    Staci McKelvey

  15. Suzanne Montfort Baronowski says:

    I was sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing. I went to school and graduated with Sandra at Branford High in 1961. We had our 50th class reunion back in Sept and was told at that time Sandra was not well. We all said a prayer for those who had passed away and for those who weren’t doing well. I wish I had known Sandra lived in Southport as I live just down the street at The Landing and would have like to have visited with her. She was a wonderful person in school and all through out her short life. My prayers are with all the family and her many friends.

    Sue Montfort Baronowski

  16. Anonymous says:

    Our Prayers are with you all in your time of bereavement. Sandy was a wonderful person who will truly be missed by many. If there is anything that we can do for you to help in your time of need, please call. May God continue to give you strength.

    Donald and Johndolyn Tolbert

  17. Barbara Patterson Melorto says:

    Sorry to hear Of Sandy’s illness and passing. We were old friends from Short Beach and went to school together from kindergarten thru high school. She was a special friend that was always smiling and cheerful. I am sorry we didn’t kept in touch all these years. Wishing peace of heart to your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Gay Boswell Breuler says:

    Saint, Scott and Deena, and all your families,

    I’m just now getting the obit on Sandy. Several people e-mailed and told me of her passing. The Short Beach crew is dwindling down here and swelling the ranks of heaven. I hope you are all having the strength and grace to go on just as Sandy did.

    Although it has been a long time (I haven’t seen Scott and Deena since they were kids) I have not forgotten the special times we shared on Riverview in Short Beach.

    My best to all of you, and I am happy that Sandy is not suffering anymore.

    Lots of love and kind memories, Gay

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