Constance L. Sanchez, a retired nursing professor, died Monday (Oct. 15, 2001) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 62.
She was born Constance Demakis in Niagara Falls.
She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Niagara University. She also met requirements for nurse practitioner certification in psychiatric mental health and maternal women's health, and earned a master's degree in nursing from the University at Buffalo.
Early in her career, Mrs. Sanchez worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals. She began her teaching career at Niagara University, and in 1974 accepted a position at Niagara County Community College, from which she retired in 1996.
As a professor in the college's nursing division, she also served on various faculty senate committees.
Mrs. Sanchez led and co-authored two National League for Nursing Accreditation reports and was cited for her accomplishments in Who's Who in American Nursing in 1984, 1986 and 1987.
Colleagues and students will remember her for her organized, precise teaching style and her contribution to nursing education.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, John Sr.; two daughters, Becky Spurback and Kim Hout, both of Niagara Falls; three sons, Mike of Grand Island, and John Jr. and Mark, both of Niagara Falls; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Private services were held Thursday. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.