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OBITUARY

Sally Jean Dobrunz

October 27, 1940September 11, 2020

Sally Jean Dobrunz, 79, of Webster Groves, MO born October 27, 1940 in Lacrosse, WI passed away on September 11, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Esther (Devine) Dobrunz. Dear aunt and friend of many.

Sally received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University and her Master of Science, Library Science, from the University of Wisconsin. She spent her career as an elementary and high school librarian in the Webster Groves School District. Sally was an active member of Glendale Lutheran Church and was an extraordinary individual. She demonstrated kindness, patience, and generosity to the many organizations that she was a part of and supported, in addition to her family and friends. She was an avid world traveler who visited every continent in the world! Sally loved reading books, especially science fiction and enjoyed knitting and needlework. Visitation will be at Glendale Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. at Glendale Lutheran Church, 1365 N. Sappington Rd, Glendale, MO 63122 prior to the service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. She will be laid to rest with her parents at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Glendale Lutheran Church. Please share on-line condolences at www.alexanderstlouis.com.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memories

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Jonathan Ludwig

September 13, 2020

In lieu of a eulogy:

One of my earliest times spent with Aunt Sally was, apparently, quite memorable, although I was too young to remember myself, so I can only trust the story is true. She agreed to babysit. I screamed and cried all night. She didn’t want to babysit again.

Things got better.

Over a lifetime, there were many visits, trips to the St. Louis Zoo, Shaw’s Garden, wonderful restaurants, lots of bookstores – oh, how she loved reading, so much so she turned her house into a library, with books everywhere, even stacked on the floors, a trait I proudly share – and she did look after me again, when she agreed to host me when I taught for a semester at St. Louis University.

I always admired her independence, and I learned to want to travel the world from her. Sadly, my hopes of going with her to Washington, DC, as a child did not pan out, so she and I never had a grand adventure together, but we did share our own adventures with each other. Hours spent looking at slides of her trips might have bored others, but they inspired me to want to go and see those places for myself.

One day, the world will heal, it will open up again, and once again, I shall venture out into it, back to Australia, which she thought too dry, and to Scotland, which she loved. I too hope to make it to all seven continents, but, wherever I am fortunate to go, I’m sad that I won’t be able to write her about it, send her postcards, and share my pictures with her as I so often did.

In addition to science fiction, Aunt Sally loved Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In closing, I’m reminded of a song from the Rankin-Bass cartoon version of The Hobbit, wherein they sing that “the greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” We are, as always, off on different adventures. I shall carry my memories of her on all of mine.

I love you, Aunt Sally, and I shall miss you. I promise that Bear’s Baby Sister will remain dust free and unsmooshed, as you requested.

Rest well, and travel far.

Rosemary Boustany

September 13, 2020

Sally and I met through our friendship with Esther Goff, beloved friend and English professor at Normandy High School. Sally was Esther's surrogate daughter, helpful and faithful friend, and our paths crossed often during the past 20 years. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

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