Sandra Peterson

Sandra Kay Peterson (Caliman)

Thursday, April 17th, 1952 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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Sandra “Sandy” Kay (Caliman) Peterson, 67, entered into the gates of heaven on April 1st, 2020 in Novi, MI surrounded by her family. She was born in Zanesville, Ohio to John and Marie Caliman who preceded her in death as well as a brother Cecil “Dean” Tabler and two sisters Charlotte Foy and “her best friend’ Mary Jane (William) Day. She is survived by her husband Eric, two children, Eric II (Megan) and Kelly (Kevin) and four grandsons Eric III, Caleb, Kevin III and Jackson. Sandy is also survived by two brothers, John E. (Rita) Caliman and Thomas E. (Barbara) Caliman.

Sandy was known for her kind heart, welcoming nature and she never met a stranger. In her 45 years of marriage, she called herself a ‘professional mover’ as she and the family moved 10 times as a “corporate” wife. She made many friends as a result, who she constantly communicated with as she thought of them as extended family. Her first priority was her love of God but a close second was her family. Sandy always made every new location a home for her family. Sandy used to always say, “friends will come and go but you will always have family.” She enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally especially when the children and grandchildren were included. Faith and education was very important to Sandy as the first priorities for every move was finding a Church that ‘fed her soul’ and the best school system so her children would continue to grow.

Due to the Coronavirus environment and restrictions on social gathering, the family will hold a private graveside service at Woodlawn cemetery. Once social gathering restrictions are lifted, a Celebration of Life memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandy’s memory would be appreciated by giving to either of the non-profits that she was actively involved. You can donate to The Eric and Sandy Peterson Excellence Scholarship at the Ohio University Foundation through the link or to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit through the or text honoring sandy to 76278.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    603 Pershing Road
    Zanesville, Ohio 48375
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Jimmy Workman
  • Interment

    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 1:00pm
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    603 Pershing Road
    Zanesville, Ohio 43701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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John McInally

Posted at 12:27am
Condolences to the family.

John & Donna McInally
Scottsdale, Arizona

Melanie Morgan

Posted at 02:34pm
Eric, children and grandchildren, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I met Sandy at Wings of Hope Tabernacle and enjoyed spending time with her, Dean and family. I will never forget her bright, welcoming smile and kind heart. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. May your memories bring you years of peace, comfort and eventual smiles.
In Loving Memory,
Melanie (Morgan) Ray

Michael Holbert

Posted at 07:56am
So sorry for your loss Eric and family, That is one lady that will be sorely Missed.

Michael Holbert , Zanesville , Ohio

Sheila Rush Mayle

Posted at 05:55pm
Condolences to all of Sandy's family and loved ones. Since our mothers were first cousins, as younger children, I always enjoyed it when her and Marie would visit in the country. It was really good seeing her recently at a birthday event. She was such a wonderful sweet person. Rest in Peace Sandy. Sheila Rush Mayle

Phyllis Giehls Marburger

Posted at 04:53pm
I had the honor of playing piano with Sandy in Zanesville High School choir classes. Sandy had a truly calm spirit that helped keep me grounded. She and Eric were so much fun to be around at school events. She leaves quite a legacy of family and spiritual love.

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