In Memory

Sara Dean

Sara Dean

Sara Dean

Sara Jane Rawitsch, 51 died on Dec. 24 2004 at home, surrounded by her family.  She had fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer…

Sara Jane Rawitsch, 51, died on Dec. 24, home, surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer-.

"Sara believed it was important to educate people about ovarian

cancer," her family wrote in a tribute. She was a member of the Caring

Together ovarian cancer support

group that meets monthly in


Born in Albany, she was raised

in Altamont, the daughter of Dr.

Donald Dean and Jane Caryl

Dean. She attended the

Guilderland Central Schools and

graduated from Wheelock College,

classes of 1975 and 1977.

She taught first grade at the

Thorntons Ferry School in

Merrimack, N.H. for four years

and at the Red Mill School in East

Greenbush for 17 years.

"Sara was passionate about using

her hands to make things,"

her family wrote. "She braided

rugs, quilted, wove baskets, and

sewed clothes and dolls. Sara loved

to dance and laugh. She was in

awe of the beauty of the earth and

traveled to 25 National Parks."

She is survived by her mother,

Jane Dean, of Altamont, her

brother, Ken Dean, of Oak Hill,

and her brother, Don Dean, and her niece, Katie, both of Lake George.

She is also survived by her husband, Peter Rawitsch, and their daughters,

Elizabeth and Emily.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Timothy McElrath; Liz Macris, the

oncology nurses at the Riverview Cancer Center; the nurses on the sixth

floor McCauley at St. Peter's Hospital; and the nurses of Hospice of

Saratoga Springs for their compassionate care and support.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of

Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist

Congregation of Saratoga Springs, 624 North Broadway, Saratoga

Springs, NY 12866.

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06/14/11 01:39 AM #1    

John Green

the photo looks a lot like DOROTHY Dean - not Sarah Dean

06/30/11 11:21 PM #2    

Dorothy Dean (Mintline)

Yes, the picture on this page is ME, and rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. The yearbook had us switched. I am very sorry to learn that we lost Sara. I was always envious of her fabulous red hair! 

I just found this site and sent a message to the Site Administrator (Rod) to ask if we could have our pictures switched back!


07/01/11 09:24 PM #3    

Dorothy Dean (Mintline)

Pictures are now correct!!! Thanks, Rod. Still sorry that it matters in this context, though.

07/18/11 04:07 PM #4    

John Green

I remember Sara - petite, smart and quiet. Lived up on Ostrander Road off rt. 146 - Pretty red hair too.

08/08/11 04:41 PM #5    

Patricia Langenbach (Dwyer)

So sorry for the loss of Sara.  She was a very special person.

08/17/11 06:18 PM #6    

Marilyn Miller (Schafer)

 So sorry to hear of her passing.  She was very kind and shy.  I had been to her house on Ostrander many times during junior high and early high school. 

09/14/11 07:58 AM #7    

Charlotte Hurling (Hasselbarth)

Over the years, I had quite a bit of contact with Sara. Both of us had settled in Guilderland. Sara's 2 daughter's were in the same class at GCHS, as my 2 children. In fact one of her daughter's is among my daughter's best friends. Charlotte Hasselbarth ( Hurling)

09/17/11 09:47 AM #8    

Cheryl Randall

Sara was a very special person.  I saw her at one of the reunions, and remember that she was very happily married ~ saying that her husband "moved her soul" ~ and she was passionate about teaching and her daughters.  I always liked her tremendously in high school and enjoyed my visits to her family's fantastic farmhouse. It was in 8th or 9th grade that her older brothers turned me on to the music of Laura Nyro (who also died of ovarian caner).  After that earlier reunion, I had wanted to get back in touch with her and rekindle our friendship.  I was soooo disappointed to learn of her passing. I miss her!    

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