Sara Jane (Pfleegor) Evans (better known as Sally to friends or Nanny to her grandchildren), 87, passed away in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center on March 10, 2013. She leaves behind several generations of loving family, summers spent at her cherished beach house in Ocean City, N.J., and a void that won't soon be filled.
Sally was born on July 8, 1925, to Walter and Margaret Holstrum of Northeast Philadelphia. She spent many childhood days with her cousins Donald Swank and Barbara Quinn at her family summer home in Ocean City, an affinity and home she since passed on to her family as a hallmark of her legacy. Sally enrolled at Penn State University as an elementary education major, where she developed a lifelong sisterhood with members of her Delta Gamma sorority. She also met her husband, Charles Downing Pfleegor, and was married in 1947, the year of her graduation.
Sally worked for Robert M. Side's music store and was a Williamsport Senior High School administrative assistant until her retirement. Her children's love of swimming piqued her own interest in the sport (even though she herself couldn't swim), so Sally was active in YM/YWCA swim programs and was a long-serving PIAA swim official. She developed an Emily Post-worthy manners teaching method of whacking her children's elbows with a fork when they put them on the table. She was also an avid sports fan, particularly of the Philadelphia teams, and the timing of her passing is particularly unfortunate since baseball season is just starting, and the Phillies aren't looking too bad this year.
Sara Jane Evans
Sally was known for many things, not the least was a dry wit. She had a self-proclaimed terrible singing voice that never stopped her from loudly belting "Happy Birthday" over the phone to her children and grandchildren, and throughout her life perfected the art of yelling "Yoo hoo!" in order to get tasks accomplished. She enjoyed many a lunch of Lucky Charms in Ocean City, teaching her grandchildren the fine art of seashell painting, and making ridiculously early phone calls. If she had a failure in life, it was not convincing any of her children or grandchildren to name their offspring after a famed Ocean City shipwreck, "Sindia." She would be most pleased if you used the name at some point.
She, with Charles, leaves behind five children, Charles Pfleegor Jr (with wife Anne Foster), Jan Wallace, David Pfleegor (with wife Lynsie), Lark Pfleegor, and Sandy Hilton (with husband Dwayne). After re-marrying in 1969 with Edward B. Evans (preceded in death), Sally became the stepmother to Brenda Pidcoe (with husband Bill), Judy Poust, Dorothy Evans, and Nancy Elder (with husband Bob). She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, Pa. Visitation at 11:30 a.m., memorial service at 12:30 p.m. Burial services will be private at the discretion of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 325, Bethesda, Md., The Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, or simply send your loved ones funny, frequent and often inappropriate greeting cards - that's what she would have done.