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Sarah Pfander

d. February 12, 2021

Sarah Anne ‘Sally’ Pfander of Orland Park passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, at the age of 84. Born in Peoria on October 24, 1937, Sally spent her childhood years on Maplewood in Brighton Park on the south side of Chicago. It was during these early years that she formed life-long friendships with neighbors, Paula Leydon and Genevie Linkus. Sally graduated from Kelly High School and received training in accounting from Business school. In 1955 she found work at Inland/Ryerson Steel Co. where she remained employed for over 35 years. Her two friends Genevie and Paula also worked at Inland Steel. Sally made friends with many co-workers and they maintained their friendships for many years. Sally was an only child and never married. She treasured her extended family, especially her first cousins and their families. She remained on Maplewood until after the death of her mother, Henrietta Pfander. In 1992 Sally and Genevie sold their homes on the Southside and purchased a home together in Orland Park. Sally joined the Presbyterian Church in Orland Park in 1993 and was ordained as a Deacon in 2000. She remained an active church member until her death. In 2014 Sally experienced a tragic fall which left her unable to care for herself. At that time, she moved with Genevie Linkus to Victorian Village in Homer Glenn where she remained until her death. She was grateful to spend her final years in such an excellent care facility. She was predeceased by her parents Henrietta (Seeba) and William Pfander, and first cousins Katherine Garland, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Henry Otto, Denver, Colorado. She is survived by first cousins Catherine (Otto) Lundstrom, Akron, Ohio, and Oscar Otto, Lakeland, Colorado A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Highway in Palos Heights, on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. until time of service 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Presbyterian Church in Orland Park or to a charity of your choice.
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