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Niki Quasney dies at age 38

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Niki Quasney, age 38, passed away surrounded by her close family on February, 5, 2015.

Niki loved life and her family more than anything. Niki was the loving and thoughtful wife of Amy Sandler, adventurous mother of daughters Asher and Maddox, youngest child of Linda Quasney and the late Jim Quasney, the youngest sister of Lisa (Joe) Sabol, Jeff Quasney, Marci Webb, Jodi (John) Groen, and Mandi (Ryan) Wade, sister-in-law of Dana Sandler (Austin) and Steven Sandler, daughter in law of Gary and Shellie Sandler, the coolest aunt ever to Jake, Kevin, and Trevor Webb, Hayley, Kylie, and Joey Sabol, Johnny and Tyler Groen, Eric and Ryan Quasney, Brandon, Mallory, and Logan Wade, and Rory and Tyler McMahon, and favorite chemotherapy patient of Connie Stewart.

Niki was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and grew up in Munster, Indiana. Niki graduated from Munster High School in 1994, from Purdue University in May 1999, and from the University of Missouri in 2005. She combined her love for children with her passion for physical fitness as a Physical Education teacher.

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer in 2009, she returned to the Chicago area with Amy to undergo treatments and focus on continuing to make the most of each day. Soon after she went into remission, they started their family and moved back to Munster. Niki demonstrated on a daily basis how to treat each day like a gift and live it to the very fullest. She was an avid runner and biker, completing numerous triathlons even while undergoing cancer treatments. Niki was kind and accepting of everyone. In recent years, Niki fought hard to help make Marriage Equality a reality in Indiana. Niki is a continual source of inspiration to all. One of her favorite quotes was from Pearl Jam’s song Light Years: “No time to be void or save up on life, you gotta spend it all.”

If you would like to honor Niki’s life, go for a walk today and have a meaningful conversation with someone you love. If you choose to make a donation in Niki’s memory, please consider BRCA1 (breast and ovarian cancer) research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For mailed donations, please address envelopes to Div. of Development & The Jimmy Fund, Attn: Chrissie Attura, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. You may also call 617-632-5027 or visit Please designate any contributions in Niki Quasney’s memory.

A private celebration of Niki’s life will be held.


Posted 2/9/2015





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