Schimunek Funeral Home

9705 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD


Lisa Ann Sawyer

March 7, 1965September 5, 2020
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On September 5, 2020, Lisa Ann Sawyer (nee Finazzo) passed away. She was the beloved daughter of Steve Finazzo and Anita Sachs and her husband John Sachs; devoted sister of Eddie Finazzo and his wife Melody; cherished aunt of Nicholas Finazzo; loving niece of Rose Marie Drury, Wendy Fisher, Connie Pierre, and Sam Finazzo; dear cousin of Nicole Bomhold, Anthony, Pamela, and Matt Cozzi, Alicia Yuen, and Rob and Craig Robinson. Lisa is also survived by her stepdaughters Kristal, Jessica, Amy, and Britany, and their children, as well as numerous loving extended family members and friends. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Social Work that she received from University of Maryland at Baltimore College. She worked as a Social Worker at D.S.S. on York RD, Maryland. Lisa was also a member of the Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, MD. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair RD, Nottingham, MD 21236, for a Receiving of Friends, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 11am to 1pm, at which time a Memorial Service will begin. Those desiring may make a memorial donation in Lisa’s name to an animal charity of your choice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com


  • Steve Finazzo, Father
  • Anita Sachs and her husband John Sachs, Mother
  • Eddie Finazzo and his wife Melody, Brother
  • Nicholas Finazzo, Nephew
  • Rose Marie Drury, Wendy Fisher, Connie Pierre, Aunt
  • Sam Finazzo, Uncle
  • Nicole Bomhold, Anthony, Pamela, and Matt Cozzi, Alicia Yuen, and Rob and Craig Robinson, Cousins
  • Kristal, Jessica, Amy, and Britany, Step-Children
  • Lisa is also survived by numerous loving extended family members and friends.

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  • An animal charity of your choice


  • Receiving of Friends

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


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Ann Brown

September 21, 2020

Lisa radiated warmth and love everywhere she went. She will be truly missed in this world. I feel so lucky to have known Lisa. I pray for her family and friends to find peace and keep her loving spirit in our hearts.

Michael & Debbie Courtney

September 19, 2020

Thoughts & prayers are with Ed, Mel & the rest of the family during this difficult time. So😢saddened to hear of Lisa's passing another angel gone way befoe her time. She was a beautiful person inside & out, she will be deeply missed by many. So many great memories of Lisa growing up & all the fun times, you will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you🕊fly🕊high & rest in peace. May God wrap his loving arms around the family & provide the needed strength to deal with the sudden loss of their loved one. May all find comfort & peace knowing Lisa is in heaven with our Lord & savior. 🕊🕊🕊🕊Lisa, you'll never be forgotten especially that beauiful smile that one day we'll see again dear friend.

Ellen Franklin

September 19, 2020

I worked with Lisa at DSS and was always impressed with her skill and compassion in advocating for her “kids”. Her clients were typically older teens with special needs, and to see her interact with them and talk about them was heartwarming. She was so caring and kind, and always had a huge smile. She was a joy to work with and we will miss her bright light very much. My condolences to her family and friends.

Dale Sawyer’s

September 19, 2020

Another angel spreading her light in heaven. Lisa always had a genuine smile or hug to share with me. She will be missed.

Meg Ferguson

September 17, 2020

Lisa was a wonderful colleague and friend at the Department of Social Services. I especially marveled at her ability to connect with children who were not only non-verbal but had profound disabilities. Obviously it was her deep love and compassion that just pierced through any barrier -- and she was so caring and devoted to her kids, they were so fortunate to have her. She developed some amazing placement and services combinations for children, and I was so proud to help her present her cases at Court and support her advocacy for children and families. She was also a generous soul who supported and encouraged everyone around her. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family.

Denise Michaels

September 16, 2020

What a beautiful girl and beautiful life.

Lisa was loved by so many and was an exceptional social worker who made a difference in the lives of many. I don’t think there are words adequate to describe what a difference Lisa made to so many.

Her smile and vibrance, her heart and soul lit up a room and lifted up many, many, many.

My heart is so heavy and words so hard, and yet their is Lightness, too, from the light of Lisa’s gifts to us.

To her family, I extend my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers. I pray you find peace and comfort in the light and gifts that will live on for so many, just as I know Lisa lives on and is alive and well in a heavenly place.

Melissa Golson

September 16, 2020

I wanted to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lisa.I had the pleasure of knowing her as a colleague. She was very compassionate and a great advocate for the vulnerable youth that she served. Lisa always greeted me with a smile and took the time to talk, despite her busy schedule. She was a very genuine person and expressed care and concern for everyone that she encountered.
Lisa will truly be missed.
May she forever Rest In Peace.

Patricia (Pearce) Freed

September 15, 2020

I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Lisa's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and close friends. Fly high, Lisa! You will be missed.

Stacey Stroh

September 14, 2020

I briefly worked at DSS with Lisa and I recognized from just one phone conversation how special she was. She exuded energy and passion, so it was evident that she had such a big heart for the youth she worked with!

I just want to send my condolences to the family and friends and wish you all the same joy, strength, and fervor Lisa showed.

Jen Scott

September 14, 2020

You greeted me with the most genuine smile and best hug I’ve ever got from a stranger. I felt instantly a part of the group and connected to you. Little did I know how fun and hilarious you were. I can remember so vividly, and I watched you make dozens of others feel the exact same way. We shared such inappropriate stories right off the bat, without care. That’s how I knew I’d met my match. I started calling you “doll baby” which later turned to “doll” and then you shortened it to “Da”. You told the BEST stories. But your hearing was the worst! “Hey, Lis-how’s Chris?” “Who is Crick? “No, Chris!” I don’t know a Crick.” We laughed about that for days. Second best misinterpretation only beat by “rocks in a panny-ho”. You complained every time I brought my phone on a hike and then conveniently posed for a photo💃🏻. Countless karaoke outings at Bowman & Fullerton-singing, dancing and laughing until our stomachs hurt. Pentatonix, ALO, Magoobys, Belvedere Sq. concerts, pool parties, your salads..ah, the best!
Relentlessly demanding kisses from Alice: “hers a good girl, yes her is”. Horseshoe casino and the ice cream that flipped upside down-which you, Beth and I all ate because we’re gross. Ha! You trying to embarrass me in public and me jump scaring you as payback! Asking the server to wrap up 1 partially chewed shrimp to take to-go. Yelling at me for not reminding you of events even after I sent you screen shot proof 😂. You making me take apple cider vinegar shots. Us bickering like sisters. Countless calls, texts and snapchats that kept us laughing through hard work weeks. You breaking out in song and dance literally everywhere. Reading each others minds. The cards, & collages you made me. Your fierce energy. Your fun loving personality. A lover of all. A peacemaker. You were a part of all I did and in all my future plans. I’ll never have a friend I’ll love more and I will think of you every day. You were the best. The greatest gift. I’ll see you later, Da. Love you.


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