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June 20, 2014

Sarah “Sally” Schwartzel


A celebration of life/memorial service for Sarah “Sally” Schwartzel, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Bloomington Unitarian Universalist Church at 2120 North Fee Lane. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will be held after the service. She died peacefully on  June 17, 2014, after a long and courageous journey with Lewy Body Dementia/Alzheimer’s, in Autumn Hills Alzheimer’s/Dementia Residence.

Sarah was born on Jan. 6, 1947, in New Albany, and was one of four sisters to Charlotte (Johnson) Schwartzel and John Cullen Schwartzel. Sarah was a graduate of Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville.

Sarah settled in Bloomington, in the 1970s to attend Indiana University, fell in love with the city and lived there since. Sarah graduated from her beloved Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in education. Sarah went on to have a varied career — she drove a city bus, taught English and math at Ivy Tech College, and for the last 20 years of her work life, was a wastewater treatment operator at Dillman Road WasteWater Treatment Plant. Sarah retired when she was 60.

Sarah was the owner of several residential properties in Bloomington. She worked on the renovations of these, doing much of the work herself. She was always a caring and kind landlord to her tenants.

Sarah loved reading, dancing, music of most varieties, walking, travel, fishing, and enjoyed good cooking and a good stout beer. She particularly loved just sitting and talking, and often laughing, on her back porch with loved ones, friends, and her beloved pets.

Sarah is survived by her long-time partner, Theresa Thompson; beloved dog, Dixie; sisters, Mary, Alice and her husband Bernie, and Margaret and her husband Walter; dear friends, Amy, Becky, Charlotte, Greg, Jeanna, Mickey, Murat, Pam, Sandy, Stevie, Suzanne and Teri; and many other dear relatives and friends too numerous to list.  Sarah was a loving aunt to seven nieces and nephews, who remember her as fun-loving and kind. All of these people meant the world to Sarah and made her very happy while on this earth. She thanks each of you for your enduring love.

Special thanks is extended to the staff at Autumn Hills Alzheimer’s/Dementia Residence and Season’s Hospice for their compassionate care of Sarah. We also are grateful for the love and support Sarah’s caregivers shared with her, especially Becky Johnson — an angel on earth. Finally — we were blessed to have incredible family and friends surround us with love, laughter, and compassion these past few years and for this we are most grateful.

Please do not send flowers. If so inclined, please make a contribution in Sarah’s memory to the Monroe County Humane Association —, or The Lewy Body Dementia Assoc. - .

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