OBITUARY

Sarah Danielle Gates

September 1, 1995February 3, 2019

Sarah Danielle Gates, Griffith, IN, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 3rd. Sarah was born on September 1st, 1995 in Hammond, IN to Annette (Roark) Gates and Kevin Gates. She graduated with academic honors from Griffith High School in 2014. Her first job was at AMC Theaters and she rose quickly through the ranks to manager, driven by her passion for and enjoyment of the movie going experience. She loved “making smiles happen” and a while after she said “AMC ya later” to the theater, she landed a dream job at the Museum of Science and Industry. A self proclaimed “giant nerd” she loved everything about science and nature. She had a deep, abiding respect for every part of the natural world, and some of her happiest moments were spent both on the beaches of and amongst the redwoods in Northern California. She loved to travel, whether it was just a small road trip or to a place she fell in love with on a high school trip: Ireland. She was an incredibly creative person, and whether that was through painting, fashion, or makeup, she always found fantastic ways to express herself. Sarah was selfless; since she was very young, if she could share, she would. If you were feeling down she would do her level best to cheer you up. She always went above and beyond for the people she cared about; her generosity and kindness touched so many people and will always be fondly remembered. She was also very athletic, and one of her greatest joys was playing softball. Beginning in Griffith - both town ball and for school - and finishing in Portage, she would not have spent her summers any other way than with her family in the stands, and out on the field with her friends and teammates. She was a fifth generation Cubs fan and spent many a summer night in the Friendly Confines; how lucky she was to see them win the Series! She loved so many other things, and we would be remiss not to mention the important ones: her family, her fuzzy, her kitties, The Office, Rise Against, Dr. Seuss, and her Jeep, just to name a few! She was a hilarious, gorgeous, vivacious person; she, along with her big brown eyes and her beautiful smile, will be missed terribly. She is preceded in death by her great grandparents Robert and Margaret Crist, her grandparents, John Roark, and Brenda “Penny” Luis. She is survived by her parents, Annette and Kevin Gates, her Spiritualwarriorbrotha, Ashleigh Gates, her understudy sister, Rachel Dennison, her girl, Sandra Alvarenga, her Meenaw, Sharon Halas, her aunt, Susan Olson, her uncle, Chris Roark, her grandfather, Elvin Luis, her aunts, Kathy (Chris) Vogel, Julie (Jim) Uhey, Jeanne Fleek (Mike Scollard), her uncle, Dan (Melissa) Gates, and her many cousins. A memorial and celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Hildebrant Hall located at 525 N Lafayette St, Griffith, IN on Saturday, February 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in Sarah’s name to any one of her favorite causes: Museum of Science and Industry, Cubs Care, Gift of Hope, Redwood National and State Parks. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss. And to quote Michael Scott, “That’s what she said.”

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Sarah Danielle Gates

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Margo Kwiatkowski

February 16, 2019

This is Margo I just got the saddest news of Sarah Gates. I can’t believe this. Annette please contact me please. I live on S. Broad St in Schererville. I am crying for you and your family . I will contact others about this. I will pray for you at church tomorrow.

Richard and Michele Roark

February 14, 2019

Uncle Richard and I are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter(she looks just like you Annette.)She was in my daughter in laws(Lorraine Hageman)French Class at Griffith High School. She is also grieved by Sarah’s unexpected passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We will see you at the memorial on Saturday. May you and Kevin and Ashley find peace in your hearts.And may Sarah Rest In Peace with John and our Savior and the Angels in heaven🙏😢💔😇🙏

John Fiene

February 14, 2019

Annette, Kevin, Ashleigh and family,
It was such a blessing to meet Sarah and get to know her a bit. Annette, it seemed everyday at work you spoke about your girls and their activities and their accomplishments. I remember you speaking about Sarah, softball, her love of art, and her accomplishments in high school and her career at AMC.
Know that your entire family is lifted up in prayer at this time. We are deeply sorry for your loss, a daughter, a sister.
May God continue to wrap His Mighty arms around all of you at this time.

With deepest simpathy,
John and the J&M Golf Staff.

Hallie Pohrte

February 14, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Sarah was an amazing person with such a wonderful spirit. We worked together at AMC for a few years and she always had a smile on her face and an adventure to tell. I always looked forward to working with her every weekend especially during new movie releases. I will never forget the memories we had together while we were at work or just hanging out. She will be in my heart always and forever.
AMC ya later my beautiful friend

Hallie Pohrte
Former AMC Film Crew

Kathie Kepchar

February 13, 2019

We are very sorry for your loss. My son, Alexander, graduated from Griffith High School in 2015. He was in drama. He told me that he was very sorry. He also mentioned that Sarah did his make-up during the plays he was in. Love and prayers to your entire family. Kathie Kepchar

Dianne T Gerling

February 12, 2019

Annette, Kevin, Ashleigh and family;

Keeping you all in my daily thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Keep all your family trips and special events close to your heart at all times and always know that your Sarah is watching down over all of you and guiding you through the days ahead. RIP Sarah and forever send down signs to your family and friends that you are safe up with the Angels and watching over them until you all meet again.

With deepest sympathy,

Shelby Gannon

February 12, 2019

Mr. & Mrs. Gates and family,
My deepest condolences to all of you affected by this horrible tragedy. Although high school ended and everyone went their separate ways, that was stop me and countless others from remembering Sarah as the sweet, happy-go-lucky girl that she was. She always lit up every room she walked into and brightened everyone’s day that needed it. Sending love and strength your way to get through this intense time of grief.

Courtney Valentas

February 11, 2019

Me. And Mrs. Gates,

I am so sorry for the loss of Sarah. She was a beautiful person inside and out, and who cared for everyone around her. I’m so thankful I got to meet and become best friends with her! I’ll never forget the memories we shared and all the laughs we also shared! Love and miss you forever ❤️

Karley Spriggs

February 11, 2019

Dear Gates Family,
My condolences to your whole family, Sarah was always such a sweet, and kind person to everyone she had talked to. I have so many memories of English class and many other classes with her. She always made class fun and I she always included me when I was too shy at times to ask. I’m very sorry that this happened to her, she was definitely someone who would have made so many differences in the world for the good.

Samantha Monko

February 11, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family. Sarah is loved by many and will be missed dearly. I’ll forever be greateful for our memories growing up.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Sarah Danielle Gates, Griffith, IN, was born on September 1st, 1995 in Hammond, IN. She graduated with academic honors from Griffith High School in 2014. Her first job was at AMC Theaters and she rose quickly through the ranks to manager, driven by her passion for and enjoyment of the movie going experience. She loved “making smiles happen” and a while after she said “AMC ya later” to the theater, she landed a dream job at the Museum of Science and Industry.
A self proclaimed “giant nerd” she loved everything about science and nature. She had a deep, abiding respect for every part of the natural world, and some of her happiest moments were spent both on the beaches of and amongst the redwoods in Northern California. She loved to travel, whether it was just a small road trip or to a place she fell in love with on a high school trip: Ireland. She was an incredibly creative person, and whether that was through painting, fashion, or makeup, she always found fantastic ways to express herself. Sarah was selfless; since she was very young, if she could share, she would. If you were feeling down she would do her level best to cheer you up. She always went above and beyond for the people she cared about; her generosity and kindness touched so many people and will always be fondly remembered. She was also very athletic, and one of her greatest joys was playing softball. Beginning in Griffith - both town ball and for school - and finishing in Portage, she would not have spent her summers any other way than with her family in the stands, and out on the field with her friends and teammates. She was a fifth generation Cubs fan and spent many a summer night in the Friendly Confines; how lucky she was to see them win the Series! She loved so many other things, and we would be remiss not to mention the important ones: her family, her fuzzy, her kitties, The Office, Rise Against, Dr. Seuss, and her Jeep, just to name a few! She was a hilarious, gorgeous, vivacious person; she, along with her big brown eyes and her beautiful smile, will be missed terribly.