After a brave battle with a long illness, Sandra MacKinnon Cosenza 70, of Northford, entered into the arms of the Lord on May 26, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New Haven on October 29, 1941 to the late Lloyd Douglas and Helene Poperaden MacKinnon. She was the beloved wife of Henry Charles Cosenza and the mother to Robyn Helene (fiancé Jan Willem Koster) and Jennifer Cosenza Lamb (Kevin). She was also “Nana” to two dearly-loved grandchildren Ian Henry and Jaimeson Elise Lamb. She was the sister to Lloyd John MacKinnon Sr. (Jean) of West Haven and Aunt Sandy to Lloyd John MacKinnon Jr. (Holly) of Escalon CA and Tara MacKinnon of New Haven. Sandra “Sandy” graduated West Haven High School in 1959 and earned an Associate Degree from Quinnipiac University. Sandy began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital and later went to work for Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) where she spent 34 years and met life-long friends. But the role she cherished the most was Nana. She was the ideal grandmother and spent long hours with her grandchildren and her devotion to them was unwavering. Sandy was an avid cook she loved to read and to travel and was the self proclaimed greatest Johnny Mathis fan ever.
Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Thursday morning at 11:00. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church, North Haven at 11:30 am. Entombment will follow in the All Saints Mausoleum. The visiting hours will be Wednesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Connecticut Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or the Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511.