Sandi was one of the most community-involved volunteers I have ever known. She set the standard. And where Sandi was, Lynn was generally there too. The organizations she was involved in listed in her obituary below are just the tip of the iceberg. I will miss her mischievous smile at nearly every event I go to.
December 2, 1945 - November 26, 2017
The most important thing to Sandi Genser-Maack was her family, and her community was her family, and Richmond was her community. She and her husband and partner in everything, Lynn Maack, devoted themselves to making Richmond a better place for everyone. Sandi was President of the North and East Neighborhood Council for more than 20 years, a member of the Board of the Richmond Museum Association, Chair of Richmond's Historic Preservation Commission, Chair of the Board of the Richmond Public Library Foundation, President of the Richmond Kiwanis Club and Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District, Division 2. She also served as a docent at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park Visitors Center and volunteer at pancake breakfasts and other events on the Red Oak Victory Ship.
Sandi was born in 1945 to Joseph and Clara-Rae Genser, who were then both in the Army, stationed at Hammer Field in Fresno. The family moved to Richmond after they were discharged because there was affordable housing to be had in what had been built for the WWII Kaiser Richmond Shipyard workers. Sandi attended Woodrow Wilson and Mira Vista Elementary Schools, Portola Junior High and El Cerrito High School and graduated in 1963. Sandi graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in Sociology.
Sandi met Lynn at Portola, and in 10th grade stole his lunch so that he would have to pay attention to her. They began dating in their senior year and were married in 1968. They were married for 49 years.
Sandi held a number of jobs in her lifetime, but especially valued her careers as a recreation director at Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito, as a leader with Weight Watchers, Volunteer Coordinator for the Richmond Museum of History and as Director of Events with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
Sandi is survived by her husband, Lynn, her mother, Clara-Rae Genser, her brother, Joshua Genser, and her sisters-in-law, Elaina Genser and Carol Armour.
A memorial service will be held soon at a date, time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandi's memory to the Richmond Museum Association, P.O. Box 1267, Richmond, CA 94802.