Sarah Giddens Wahl

November 5, 1928April 6, 2019

Sarah Giddens Wahl, of Tampa died April 6, 2019. Mrs. Wahl was born on November 5, 1928 to Alliene and Henry C Giddens, Jr. She was the granddaughter of Sallie and Henry C. Giddens. Sr. and Leo and G. T. Henderson. Sr., prominent pioneer families of early Tampa. Mrs. Wahl attended local schools, graduating from H. B. Plant Hight School in 1946. In 1950, she graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. During her years as a student, she was Editor of all three of Brenau’s major college publications; a member of Alpha Delta National Journalism Fraternity, the senior Honor Society, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Mrs. Wahl was a Gasparilla Debutante in 1948. She was also a former member of the Spinster’s Club, The Junior League of Tampa, The Guilders of the Tampa Bay Art Center and the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. While living in St. Petersburg, Mrs. Wahl was active in The Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Children’s Hospital Guild. At the time of her death she was a member of The Chiselers at the University of Tampa and St. John’s Episcopal Church. In 1953, Sarah married her first husband, Palmer Lee Schroder, a special agent with the FBI from Cranford, N. J. Sarah and Palmer had a daughter, Ceslie Alliene Schroder who passed away at the age of 52. Mr. Schroder died in 1963. In 1974, Sarah married Bert Allen Wahl, Sr. Vice President of the First Florida Bank. Mr. Wahl passed away in 2003. A memorial Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 906 S Orleans Ave, Tampa FL 33606 at 10am on Monday, April 15, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John’s Episcopal Church or the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019

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Libby Hughes Eustis

April 12, 2019

How I will miss dearest Sarah. I met Sarah 40 years ago during Rush when she brought her daughter Ceslie to attend Brenau. Ceslie became my little sister and Sarah became a lifelong friend. She was graceful in her Charles Jourdan pumps, always impeccably dressed, devoted to her family, and had the gift of letter writing (with multiple underlined words and phrases). I know she’s happy to be reunited in Heaven with her loved ones. I will cherish so many colorful memories of Sarah.