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Sally L. Medicke

April 5, 1929 August 13, 2019
Sally L. Medicke
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Sally L. Medicke, 90, of Bridgewater, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 surrounded by several family members and dedicated staff of Serenity House at Bridgewater Home.

Sally was born in Lebanon, NH, on April 5, 1929, a daughter of the late Mari Safi (Kangaanpaa) and Tuomas Augustus Laakso two months after their arrival in the United States from Finland. 

She entered elementary school in Newport NH not speaking any English.  She attended Towle High School in Newport and played the accordion for dances at local community events.  As a young lady she loved ice skating in the town square and playing field hockey.  She was proud of her Finnish heritage and with her sister Celia visited family in Finland after she retired. 

On November 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to John Arthur Medicke, who preceded her in death in 1982. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents and only sister, Celia Laakso Wright Hoyt who passed away in November 2018. 

After marrying they lived in Boston where she attended Boston Academy of Music and then relocated to Pittsfield MA.  In 1961 they moved the entire family to Audubon, near Valley Forge PA.  She attended Montgomery County Community College and West Chester State College obtaining her elementary education certificate.  She taught 3rd grade for the Springford Area School District until her retirement in 1990.

She moved to Virginia in 1990 and was a member of Asbury UMC.  Sally volunteered with various organizations in the Harrisonburg community including the Quilt Museum and the visitors center.
Sally is survived by four daughters, Susan Yeagley and husband, Raymond, of New Hill, NC, Nancy Armentrout and husband, Gary, of Weyers Cave, Joan Wanner and husband, Jim, of Lancaster, PA, and Michele Stenman of Madison Heights, VA; and a son, John Arthur Medicke, Jr. and wife, Sally, of Wake Forrest, NC; sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 PM Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Mt. Sinai Cemetery beside Vision of Hope UMC in Harrisonburg with Chaplain Russ Barb officiating.

Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. Second St. Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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graveside service




3:00 PM 9/7/2019 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 9/7/2019 4:00:00 PM
Mount Sinai Cemetery

1723 Port Republic Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Chaplain Russ Barb officiating.

Mount Sinai Cemetery
1723 Port Republic Road Harrisonburg 22801 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bridgewater Retirement Community

302 N Second Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

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