Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Sara Shuit Dodd
Sara "Sis" Dodd, a lifelong resident of Monroe died unexpectedly at Orange Regional Medical Center on Friday, July 6, 2018. She was born in Highland Mills on October 31, 1914 to the late Barlow F. and Sarah Cromwell Shuit. She was the widow of Edgar M. Dodd. Since 2001, she had been a resident at a nursing home in Goshen where she had many friends, including staff. Sara was 103 years young.
She attended the Monroe School and was the Orange County Spelling Champion at the age of 10. At 15, she enrolled in the School of Music at Ithaca College where she was only able to study for a year due to the Great Depression. For many years, Sara was a legal secretary for lawyers in Monroe and for State Supreme Court Justice Edward M. O'Gorman in Goshen. She enjoyed teaching piano to local children.
She was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, and served as choir director, assistant organist, financial secretary, Sunday School teacher, and youth director. She served as a clerk of Session, as an officer of the Presbyterian Women and as a tireless volunteer at The Cottage thrift shop. She was a board member, long-time volunteer and secretary for the Boards of Trustees of Monroe Free Library, where she was an expert at covering new books with plastic – a task that no one seemed to want! She was elected to the boards of Arden Hill Hospital and Arden Hill Life Care Center in 1984, serving diligently as member and secretary for 10 years.
She was the mother of twin daughters, Sally Mergenhagen (Don) and Marcy Berchtold (Cliff). Her beloved grandchildren are Bethany Mutone (Ron), Kristen Hunsicker (Chris), Douglas Koenig (Jennifer) and Sarah Engel (Bray). She was blessed with seven great-grandchildren; Zachary Hunsicker, Grace Engel, Olivia Mutone, Brady Engel, Charlie Engel, Ben Koenig and Sara Hunsicker. She was survived by a nephew, Douglas Shuit.
"A life well-lived doesn't end any more than music ends-it echoes through time with whispers of beauty and grace. If we listen, we can hear the encore with our hearts, for the song plays on , just as love lives on."
Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, July 14th at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, July 15th at First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, 142 Stage Road, Monroe, NY with Rev. Bronc Radak officiating. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sara Dodd's memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 142 Stage Road, Monroe, NY 10950 or the charity of one's choice.
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