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The Pilgrim Pest

Come and Meet Your Neighbors

Hello, Neighbor . . . Hope Happens Here !

Sandra (Lewis) Ewing’s bubbly personality surfaces as she giggles when describing how she met her husband. “Three of my girlfriends and I went on a vacation one year to Cape Cod,” explains Sandee. “There were four guys renting the cottage next to ours. They all had cars and we all went out together to a car show and race in Connecticut. One of their friends named Mort Ewing came along. Mort and I met and started seeing each other about a month later. We both lived in Massachusetts. Mort lived in South Weymouth, and I lived in Milton. We dated for two years before getting married in the Milton Congregational Church on October 8, 1960. It was the church that my parents, my four sisters,
and I attended. I went there all my life. Our first home was in Rockland after we got married.”

Sandee was employed by a local Boston utility company, and Mort was beginning his life-long career in construction when they married. She had gone straight to work following graduation from Milton High School, and pursued a career in the clerical field. Sandee is a lovely lady with a genuinely warm demeanor whose personality radiates friendship. She has a fun-loving personality and gentile manner. One easily senses her sincerity and the joy she derived from her work endeavors. “The last fifteen years I worked was spent as a receptionist at ISI Systems, Inc., a software company. I loved being a receptionist and would have stayed longer, but they closed our south Boston location, and I retired in 1993. I also had worked for Commercial Union Insurance Co. as a receptionist. I did take time off during the
years to be home raising our children,” says Sandee.

The Ewings moved to North Fort Myers In 1995 after Mort retired. All of Sandee’s sisters now made their home in Florida, and they decided to join them. They moved to Kingsgate in Port Charlotte in 2002. Their son Bob and his wife Dollene have a combined family of four children and live in Naples, FL. Son Jeff, his wife Maria and one daughter are in Connecticut, and their other daughter is in Orlando. Son Don, his wife Kim and three daughters, two of which are identical twins, are in Connecticut. Sandee is in close contact with her sons and their families, and they visit one another as often as possible.

Sandee and Mort met new neighbors Dean and Carolyn Fritz a short time before Hurricane Charley wrecked his devastation in our community in 2004. The Fritz’s invited them to attend a service with them at Pilgrim Church. They became faithful congregational members, sharing their lives and always willing to help others. The couple attended Bible Study groups together, and Mort was an integral part of our hospitality crew for several years, holding an honored position in the spaghetti dinner preparation. He had to curtail his involvement when he was diagnosed with melanoma
and several different types of cancers, and endured months of medical treatments. Sadly, he passed away in April 2011.

Dean’s wife passed in September 2017. He and Sandee continued to ride to church and attend second service together as they had when their spouses were living. According to Sandee, something wonderful happened one Sunday – something neither one of them anticipated. She shares her joy in a delicate manner. “The four of us went to church together for several years. They continued to pick me up after Mort died, and Dean still gave me a ride after Carolyn passed.
One Sunday Pastor called people up to the altar to pray. I had never done that before, but Dean suggested we join the others in prayer. After service we decided to go for breakfast, and we have been a couple ever since. We say God put us together.”

Sandee doesn’t hesitate to express her love for Pilgrim Church and her fellow parishioners. “I love Pilgrim, and I love the people. I already miss Pastor Matthew and Laurie, but I do think Pastor Mike is doing a great job, and we will continue to support him.” Sandee has started helping with Wednesday night dinners. She and Deane both assist with the food pantry, are Sunday morning greeters, and plan to become even more involved in church activities. Sandee no longer spends hours sewing, making draperies, slip covers, or doing upholstering. Her hobbies now include playing dominos and cards at the Kingsgate club house, or spending time with Brandy her furry, feline housemate. Now that she and Dean have formally started dating, they are always on the go enjoying plays, concerts, participating in a wide variety of community activities, sharing life with a vast array of people, and donating their time to our church.

We all want to express our thanks to Sandee for being part of our Pilgrim family. Stop by and visit with Sandee. We hope you will join us for a Pilgrim meal, or come to one of our many group or Bible study meetings. Invite a neighbor and their children to attend one of our Sunday services. Experience a time of sharing, and make some new friends.

The Pilgrim Pest


Service Times
Our Sunday services are designed to meet the needs of our diverse and ever growing congregation. Whether traditional worship or a more contemporary atmosphere is your preferred way to fellowship, Pilgrim Church has the service to meet your lifestyle.

8:00 AMTraditional Worship Service
9:00 AMCoffee & Sweets
9:00 AMBible Study
10:00 AMContemporary Worship Service
10:00 AMSunday School
11:00 AMBible Study