Sandra Pope

Obituary of Sandra L. Pope

Age 82, of Joliet, passed away peacefully at Alden Estates of Shorewood on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, with her loving family by her side. Sandra was born and raised in Joliet and was a lifelong area resident. She was born on September 9, 1941, the daughter of the late Raymond and Fern Surges. Sandra attended St. Mary Magdalene grade school and was part of the first graduating class there. She was also a graduate from St. Francis Academy with the class of 1959.  Sandra was a devoted mother to her children, always involved in their day to day activities, getting them to and from, and anything else they needed help with. After her children had grown, she went back to school, and in 2002 she became a certified Telemetry Tech and worked at St. Joseph Hospital for many years. Sandra loved to travel with friends and family. She made many trips to Florida, and enjoyed visiting the ocean and collecting sea shells. She especially enjoyed her final trip Sanibel Island.

Sandra is survived by her children, Theresa Galounis, Lisa (Rick) Herron, and Raymond Pope; She was also affectionately know as “Grandma Quack” by her grandchildren, Chad, Alex (Danielle), Christopher, Daniel, and Sarah (Mike) Galounis, and Nicholas, Richard, Jr., and Nathaniel Herron; great-grandsons, Mason & Cole; and her lifelong friends that were by her side until the last days, Pat, Rosemary, Marilyn and Carole.


She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Richard Pope; her parents; her in-laws, Leo and Dorothy Pope; sister-in-law, Kathy Pope; son-in-law, Chris Galounis; special cousin, Donna Gibson; and many wonderful aunts and uncles.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Alden Estates for the exceptional care they gave their mother in her final weeks.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to Lightways Hospice.


All friends and relatives are invited to celebrate Sandra’s life starting with visitation on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 4-8 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black(at Essington) Rd., Joliet. Funeral services will be the following morning, Wednesday, October 18, starting at the funeral home chapel at 9:00 a.m. and proceding to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Joliet for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville.


For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500


10:00 am
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
127 S. Briggs Street
Joliet, Illinois, United States


Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum
Rt. 53 and W. 135th Street
Romeoville, Illinois, United States