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Jennifer Mertens

Sally Mertens

November 02, 1942 - September 14, 2021

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Sally Mertens. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort and serve as a tribute to Sally. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

OBITUARY
Sally was born to Warren and Frances Kessler in Oswego, NY, on November 2, 1942.  After graduating from Oswego High School, she attended Tulane University and Connecticut College, receiving her BA in Psychology. She married and settled in Skaneateles, NY in the 70’s to raise a family, while also entering into a doctoral program at Syracuse University. In 1976, she received a Ph.D from SU’s School of Education, and was an Assistant...  see more
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  • That picture embodies your mother, Jen. But actually it's hard to find one that doesn't. I've been thinking about her the last couple of weeks, knowing that it had been about a year but not wanting to know for sure--as if, it would be a confirmation of...  more
  • It's been now a year and a few days since my mom left us. Thinking of her, so much... Always,... but even more so these last days and weeks as the "It's been one year" meme flashes across the brain-screen on a fairly regular loop.
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    Mom and Linda, friends through it all, thick and thin, 60-something years?!
  • Linda Lange
    Sally and I met as college freshmen over sixty years ago. Our abiding friendship has supported both of us all these years. We held each other’s histories. If one of us could not remember a shared story, surely the other could. We knew each other’s...  more
  • Courtney Fingar
    What a beautifully written tribute to Sally that captures her unique spirit so well. I feel extremely fortunate to have known her, and to have shared fun times in London and Miami. She made an enormous impression on me and I always considered Sally an...  more
  • Leyla Sharabi
    Sally is my college roomate and friend Jen's mom. When I met her in Florida, visiting with Jen in the early 1990's, she started the day doing aerobic dance to peppy music. I was so impressed. I had the pleasure of becoming her friend later in life when I...  more
  • Daryn Moody
    I am so sorry to hear that Sally has left us and how fitting she should do so taking a final swim in the Atlantic. I published a journal for corporate real estate folks with NACORE and came over fairly regularly from London to meet up with Sally in...  more
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    Made in 2015 with Sally's player piano.
  • Cesar Chekijian
    Sally Mertens a dynamo with intellectual thrust like non-other. Taking thousands in the Corporate Real Estate Executives profession internationally by a storm in the 1980s and 1990s. An inspiring Leader. Got to know her for almost 40 years. Never a...  more
  • Patty Leeds
    I had only known Sally for a few months, but what a Force she was! I loved her as a neighbor here in Mexico. Women like Sally are the ones we need to be proud of, she paved the way for so many of us.
    I miss her smile, her love of life, and going to...  more
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  • Kathleen Dempsey
    I first met Sally when she came to work at NACORE in the 1990s. She was the head of education for our corporate members, and I ran the publications department. We both came from university backgrounds, so we had an immediate bond. Sally put together a...  more
  • Wade Devlin-Scherer
    Sally and I worked together at Syracuse University in the early 1980s. Her husband, Sam Yarger, was my mentor at Syracuse while I pursued my doctorate and worked for Sam to produce professional development programs for educators in Central New York. My...  more
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    We all dove into the Atlantic the morning before leaving Wrightsville Beach (Wilmington NC), where we gathered to celebrate Sally's life last month. Mom had a rule when we were up on the St. Lawrence River on family trips: No breakfast until you've had a ...
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      Jennifer Mertens Sally's close family gathered at Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington NC - where she took her final swim - to celebrate her life.
      • November 2, 2021
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      Jennifer Mertens Some photos from Ajijic (MX), last year. After mom had her stroke, Ellie went down first to care for her, and I took over as "Recovery Coach" after Ellie had to return to NYC a month later. Dan and Sophie also came down for a few days for mom's 78th...  more
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      Jennifer Mertens Scenes from mom's 2015 visit to Japan, when we visited Kamakura and Hakone (where we stayed at a lovely hot springs ryokan).
      • November 2, 2021
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      Jennifer Mertens A few shots from our mother-daughter roots trip to Ireland and Scotland in 2014, and some other assorted pics with friends and family.
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