Sandra Marie (Krtinich) Fena

January 1, 1952 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 69)


Sandra Marie (Krtinich) Fena


Our beautiful Mother, Sandra Marie (Krtinich) Fena, 69 of Hibbing, passed away

peacefully Dec. 20th, 2021 at her home.  Sandie was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Hibbing to Donald and Gloria (Cossick) Krtinich.  She spent her first few years of life in Leetonia before moving into their childhood home in Greenhaven, where many memories were made with family and friends. Sandie attended Hibbing High School and graduated in 1970. She received a Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate from Eveleth Vocation School and cared for many patients in Hibbing, Grand Forks, and Minneapolis before starting her family.  Sandie was married to James Fena at the Side Lake Chapel in July 1973, and they raised 3 daughters in Hibbing.  The girls were very busy, and she never missed a volleyball game, track meet, or skating competition.  Her daughters meant everything to her. Sandie made sure the girls had warm memories growing up, and she went out of her

way to make others feel welcomed in her home at Holiday “Feasts.” Her passion was making sarmas and poticia, and she enjoyed having a house full at the Holidays. 


In 1991, Sandie took on her greatest adventure as President, Owner, and General Manager of Tactran Bus Company.  This year, she celebrated 30 proud years as a

Business Owner. Sandie was a member of St. Leo’s Church, and her faith was very

important to her.  In recent days, she organized an upcoming pizza party for the

Assumption School 6th graders for their beautiful charity work to make 150 hats for the

homeless. Sandie loved to travel with her daughters and grandchildren.  Sandie loved her

grandchildren and was very proud of each of them.  She spent time watching basketball,

school programs, and making memories at her home with all the kids running around. 

She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren. They loved going to “Gramma Sandie’s” house. She loved her devoted Tactran crew, spending time with friends in Buhl, riding her Harley, and birthday club with the girls from High School.  She had a warm heart, generous and caring spirit, and infectious laugh, always making people feel good around her.  Sandie definitely knew how to have fun.


Sandie is survived by her 3 daughters; Jodi (Victor) Smith of Minneapolis, Jennifer Fena

of Folsom, CA, and Jessica (Brian) Koland of Hibbing; eight beloved grandchildren;

Addie, Lexi, Bella, Kenedi, Kash, Victor, Anthony, and Rosie. 


Sandie was preceded in death by her father and mother Donald and Gloria Krtinich, sister and brother in-law Donna and Bob Swanger, and brother William Krtinich.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Dec. 28th at 11:00am at Blessed Sacrament

Church in Hibbing. Visitation will be from 10:00am-11:00am.  Fr. Daniel Weiske will be

the celebrant. A private burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sandie’s honor are preferred to the Assumption School

Playground Fund.  Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. 

To send flowers to Sandra's family, please visit our floral store.


December 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Hibbing)

Mass of Christian Burial
December 28, 2021

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Hibbing)

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