Sarah Marie Ortwine

June 2, 1963August 17, 2020

Sarah Marie Stoll Ortwine was born June 2, 1963 in Sandusky, Ohio to parents Donald F. and Marian L. Stoll. She joined two brothers, John D. Stoll and Matthew J. Stoll, and one sister, Martha J. Stoll.

The family moved to East Lansing, Michigan months after Sarah’s birth where Sarah’s second sister, Mary R. Stoll, was born.

Her entire family were by her side including her daughter Elizabeth A Ortwine, when she unexpectedly passed away from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), late Monday afternoon, August 17, 2020. She joins her father, Donald F. Stoll, who passed away in September of 2007.

Sarah graduated from East Lansing High School with the class of 1981, where she excelled in academics, gymnastics, cheerleading and EL singers. Sarah was gifted with a beautiful voice and loved to sing. It was fitting that family and friends were able to gather around her bedside and sing some of her favorite songs, smile, cry and laugh with her before God led her home.

Sarah graduated from Alma College, class of 1985 with an International Business Major, where she participated in the Alpha Theta sorority, Alma Choir, and spent a semester abroad studying in Germany.

She began her professional career in Retail Management with Dayton-Hudson Companies, and later transitioned and became an Assistant Manager of a Kohl’s store. It was during this time that her MS flared and revealed a peek at the troubling hand dealt to Sarah.

Sarah married Mark B. Ortwine June 11, 1988 and together they tried to navigate life with Sarah’s MS. In true Sarah style, she continued forward in life trying not to let her progressive and exacerbative MS slow her down. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth A. Ortwine, August 22, 1994, who was the light of her life.

As time went on, Sarah’s MS continued to degrade her physical abilities and she eventually found a home in Green Acres of Mason. Even after years of suffering with MS, Sarah’s spirit was never broken. She amazed us all with her determination, strength and ability to maintain her wit and humor through all her physical losses.

This week, Sarah succumbed to the ravages of her MS. Her light has not been extinguished as it has been passed on and will continue to shine through her daughter Elizabeth, family and friends. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, Memorials can be given to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A Celebration of Sarah’s Life is TBD - most likely around Thanksgiving.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ortwine family.


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Titus Venyah

December 23, 2020

She was a good friend in middle school and high school. Always smiling, cheerful and energetic. God must have put it on my heart to do a search for her today. I am very sorry to hear she is gone but I know she must have been a joy to everyone in her adult life.
May The Lord comfort you and richly bless you especially now in the Holiday season.

Karla Bellingar

August 31, 2020

Marian, I'm sorry for your loss. Whenever you spoke of your family, your love for them was obvious. Be kind to yourself as you process the loss of Sarah. Here's a virtual hug.
Take care,

Tina Oxer

August 31, 2020

Dear Marion and Sarah's family, I am very sorry for your loss. I know she must have put up an amazing fight to have lived this long, with MS. What a Hero. I love the picture of her in the LSJ. Know that I am thinking of you. Stay Well. Hugs, Tina Oxer who worked with Marion for many years at MSU.

Nancy and Dennis Fleming

August 23, 2020

Mark, Elizabeth and family,
All of you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers with the death of Ms. Sarah. We remember so many fun and loving family events with her. One year you were graciously hosting the formal Ortwine & Randolph family Thanksgiving, complete with wonderful decorations and table settings. The gravy was heating up on the stove and appeared to be a little thick, so Aunt Audrey, trying to help Sarah, took the tea kettle (also heating up on the stove) and poured some ‘water’ into the gravy. Just at that time Sarah returned to the kitchen to see hot spiced apple cider being added to her gravy - it was kept a secret. Her immediate dismay turned to deep laughter at the dinner table, as people commented on the different flavored gravy - what did she add to it? Reviews were mixed on the gravy that day. After everyone commented, she shared what had happened, with that infectious smile and laughter of hers.
Nancy and Dennis Fleming