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Lorraine A. Sana - 86

Olympia Fields, Illinois

Lorraine A. Sana nee Bendik, 86, longtime resident of Olympia Fields, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 10, 2024.  Beloved wife of Clyde Sana, whom she married August 11, 1956 and spent 67 years sharing life with and raising their large and loving family.   Lori’s quiet but spunky demeanor, with her easy ability to laugh and have fun, was cherished by all and will be greatly missed.  She excelled at knitting and crocheting and loved to read and work crossword puzzles. Her strength, determination and organization were unmatched!   Longtime Saint Lawrence O’Toole Parishioner, and formerly of Chicago’s Gage Park Neighborhood, and a graduate of Gage Park High School. Lori worked for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad as a Clerk, transitioned to BP Amoco, and ultimately retired after working at her son’s dental practice, Millenium Park Dental.  Mother of Denise (Gary) Jordan, Dean (Nicole) Sana DDS, Diane (Brook) Spencer, Dale (Mindy Casto) and Desiree Sana. Grandmother of 12. Great grandmother of 4. Daughter of the late Mary (nee Dhuly) and Lawrence Bendik. Sister of Marcella (Gilbert) Opferman and 10 predeceased brothers and sisters. Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Friend to many. Memorial visitation at St Veronica Church (formerly Infant Jesus of Prague Church), 1131 Douglas, Flossmoor on Friday March 15, 2024 from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Mass 11:00 am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lorraine’s name to the American Lung Association, 55 West Wacker Drive, Ste 1150, Chicago, IL, 60601 or would be appreciated by the Sana family. Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and

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  • Diane Sana Spencer

    on 03/12/24

    Mom, miss you so much already!  Hope you are having the time of your life with your mom and dad and siblings.  We miss you and love you tremendously!  

  • Desi Sana

    on 03/12/24

    Mom - words could never express the love I have for you.......  and how very honored and privileged I was to have you as my Mom.  Thank you for teaching me, guiding me and showing me the true value of quiet strength. Your resolve, grit and determination through all of your health challenges - especially more recently, was nothing short of inspirational.  I am so very happy that you are at peace now, whole and restored.  I know Jesus wanted you home with Him, and when I feel sad, I am going to remember that always, knowing we will be together again.  Until then, know you are always in my heart and I will love you forever.!! 

  • Leslie Turnelius

    on 03/13/24

    Oh Aunt Lori no words can express how missed you will be! I sure did enjoy our hair shop talks!   

  • Katie Sana

    on 03/13/24


    It's only been a few days and I miss you so much. You were one of my best friends, the best cook, my shopping and lunch buddy, and my favorite person to giggle and gossip with. We have so many memories together and I am so grateful for every single one. I hope you laugh until your tummy hurts like we used to do together, and that you spread your infectious laugh to all the other angels. I am so lucky that I got to experience my Gramma all these years. You were just the best. I am so happy for you that you get to experience Heaven and meet Jesus. I hope they have lots of White Zinfandel with a side of ice up there for you. I miss you like crazy and love you so much. I will carry your memory with me forever.

    All my love,


  • Loreli and John Hand

    on 03/13/24

    Mrs Sana:

    You always made us feel like an instant part of your family! You would sit down with us at family events and make us laugh and laugh! Your great humor, wit, and contagious smile are something we will forever treasure. One of our most special recent memories was going with you and Desi to see "The Sound of Music" play, one of your favorite movies. We had drinks and appetizers before, and John was determined to find you a wine that you liked, since they didn't have White Zinfandel :)! We loved our musical night, and it was such a beautiful memory we will always cherish.

    Your strength, positive attitude, and determination these past few years are inspirational. We are so blessed to have you as part of our life. We are sending love and prayers to you and your family.

    Much love,

    Loreli and John 


  • Mary & Maryan Olney

    on 03/14/24

    Sending love from the Olney's. RIP Lori. You will be missed.

  • Lupe Torres

    on 03/15/24

    To Mrs. Sana, 

     So glad I had the privilege of meeting you !!! I will always remember your smile and laughs!!! 
    I know you must be so happy now next to the angels and God!

    Mr. Sana, Desi, Katie and family, 

    May God give you peace, strength and many blessings as you cherish the happy memories.


  • Susan Rimkus

    on 03/17/24

    Rest in peace Aunt Lorraine.

    It has been awhile but I do remember when you and Aunt Marcella visited. I guess it's safe to say that you both were probably my dad's favorite Aunts. My father Donald Rimkus son of Mary the eldest daughter sends his condolences as do we all. Peace love and light to you all.

                                                    With love and sympathy    

                                                     Susan Rimkus 

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