Sandra Robinette
January 11, 1956 - March 30, 2023

Sandra Robinette

Sandra Robinette
Jan 11, 1956 - Mar 30, 2023

Sandra Robinette

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Sandra Robinette, 67, of Muscatine, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at the University of Iowa.

Celebration of Life will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Boonies On The Avenue, 214 Iowa Ave, Muscatine, Iowa. Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Boys Town. Online condolences can be made at

Sandra was born on January 11, 1956, in Muscatine, the daughter of Delbert and Eva Whitkoff Medley and raised by Margarate and Walter Wittkoff.

Sandra enjoyed crafting and interior designing. She loved spending time in her yard and porch, boating on the river, and having BBQ's. She even played softball when she was younger.

She is survived by her long-time companion of 17 years, Don Kessinger, and his family; siblings Cindy Harris, Kathy Medley, Barb Reed, and Jim Medley; close friends, Ruben Valenzuela, Chantel and Brian Lueth, Mark Wheeler, Lee Holt, and Brian Robertson; nieces Melissa Harris and Heather Irby; nephews, Kaleb and Jake Medley, and Cody and Jamie Shaffer; and many great nieces and nephews.

Sandra is preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Eva; brother John Robinette; and her grandparents.


Sharee Byrne on Apr 5, 2023

Sandi was one of a kind. She and Don would be out on their porch most nights, ready to share a kind word or a joke with anyone who happened to be walking by. They were the Mom and Dad of Chestnut street. The best neighbors you could hope for. Sandi was the reason my husband fell in love with Muscatine. She's the reason we packed up our life and our 9 year old and twin babies to try it out. She showed my family how good-natured and welcoming the people of Iowa really were. I know Sandi didn’t have children of her own, but it seemed like anyone who knew her felt like she had the comforting nature of a mother. We all wanted Sandi to be our mom. We had some of our biggest laughs on Sandi’s porch. We moved to Iowa knowing only Sandi and Don. We built a life there, found our people. Even when we left Iowa a few years later, we fully intended on coming back yearly to see that wonderful couple. The dynamic duo that was Sandi and Don was worth keeping around as much as you could. Ahh, Sandi. The world is a darker place knowing you no longer are in your chair on your porch. Surrounded by your adorable themed by the season decorations and knickknacks. You will be remembered by us Byrne’s. I want to be in Iowa as soon as I can, pouring out some Milwaukee’s best light in your honor.

Lance Carter on Apr 5, 2023

Oh Sandi,
Meeting you that summer Cory and I moved in upstairs from you on Chestnut, was the greatest surprise Muscatine had for me. I will never forget how quickly hanging out on the porch would become a nightly event, and some of the best times of my life. I never told you the day I found out my time in Muscatine would be cut short, and I would be headed back home. My heart sank to the bottom of my belly over the thought of not seeing you again. I knew that I couldn’t let that happen. You stole my heart the first time you called me a Goofy Fu#%er,and asked how AC/DC I was. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d be back for years to come, ready to make you laugh. My heart broke when I found out I would actually never see you again. The tears come at random, and I can’t control them. The tears are always come with the memories of the time we had together. From me passing out on your sisters lawn, to dancing at a Salt Lake Abby’s street concert, to talking about log cabins, in Colorado till the sun came up. Even with tears, these memories will always bring a smile to my face. I know they are the remedy I need to stitch my heart back together. I will be thinking of you till the end of time, and the love that has grown in my heart for you will continue to grow for even longer.
I’ll love you forever Sandi!



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