Sara "Sally" (Gardener) Long

September 16, 1939 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 81)

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Sara “Sally” Long, 81, of St. Marys, OH passed away Saturday September 26, 2020 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH.

She was born September 16, 1939 in Carey, OH to Robert and Dorothy (Lusk) Gardener.

On September 2, 1961, she married Pahl Dennis “Denny” Long, who survives.

She is also survived by:

Son, Stephen Long of Perrysburg, OH

Daughter, Linda (Kevin) Liesner of Omaha, NE

Daughter,  Teresa (Rick) Ziegenbusch of St. Marys, OH

Daughter,  Barbara (Daniel) Meek of Ada, OH

Daughter, Janet (Kevin) Wilkens of Woodbridge, VA

Brother-in-law, Nicolas (Beckie) Long of Carey, OH

Sister-in-law, Anita Greer of Tiffin, OH

9 grandchildren: Jennifer (Brad) Giesler, Melissa (Joel) Sullivan, Katherine (Thomas) O’Rear, Racheal and Mitchell Ziegenbusch, Nathan and Natalie Meek, Jackie and Kenny Wilkens

3 great-grandchildren: Anabelle Sullivan, Liam and Kyle Giesler

She was preceded in death by: parents Robert & Dorothy Gardner; parents-in-law Vincent & Cathryn (Pesky) Long; sister Elizabeth (James) Hendricks; brother-in-law Thomas Greer

Sally was a graduate of Carey High School (Class of 1957) and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University.

She retired from St. Marys City Schools, where she was a teacher for 25 years.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys.

A loving, devoted wife and mother, she will be remembered for the unwavering support for her family and her wonderful sense of humor.

Private family services and burial will be held.

A public celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

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