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Sarah "Sallie" K. Ward

Sarah "Sallie" K. Ward

Sarah “Sallie” K. Ward age 86 of Menomonie, died Wednesday February 13, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie.

Sallie was born January 11, 1933 in Minneapolis, MN.  She was the daughter of Malcolm and Madge (Shaver) Quay.  The family lived in Wayzata, MN until 1940 when they moved to Oconomowoc.  Sallie graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1950 and attended Milwaukee State Teachers College.  She worked at Globe Union in Milwaukee until her marriage to Robert L. Ward on April 13, 1957 in LaCrosse.  After marriage they lived in Summerland, CA in 1958 where Bob attended Brooks Institute of Photography.  They returned to LaCrosse in 1960.

In 1967 they moved to Menomonie, where Sallie worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Menomonie United Methodist Church for 25 years, retiring in 1997.  She was an active member of the church, singing in the choir and serving on several committees. Sallie was a member of the Red Cedar Medical Center Volunteers and was on the original operations committee of the Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area.

Music was an important part of Sallie’s life.  She sang in various church choirs for over fifty years and was part of the Menomonie Chamber Singers for many years.

Sallie preformed in fourteen shows for the Menomonie Theater Guild.  Most of which were musicals.  Her favorite role was that of the Mother Superior in “Nuncrackers” in 2002.  She was also part of a television series “Out and About”, a children’s program produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board in the early 1980’s.

After her retirement, Sallie took several writing classes through the Institute of Learning.  She enjoyed writing poetry and children’s stories.  She was part of the Chippewa Valley Writers’ Group.  Some of her work was published in the group’s 2007 book “Just Read the Darn Thing!”  Sallie was an avid reader and loved doing the New York Herald Tribune and other crossword puzzles.  She had life-long love affair with words.

While her children were growing up, the family enjoyed camping, fishing and canoeing in various campgrounds in Wisconsin.  For many years after Bob died, Sallie and her sisters spent time each year in different venues around Wisconsin and Minnesota on a “Great Girls’ Getaway”.

Sallie is survived by her children, Sarah Ward of Menomonie and BJ (Jen) Andrade-Ward of Merida, Mexico; several nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bob; four sisters, Pat Wallin, Mary Soergel, Judy Quay, Helen Durnford; two brothers-in-law, Clyde Wallin and Norman Soergel; a nephew Scott Soergel and her mother-in-law, Isabell Ward.

Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Sunday April 28, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with Rev. Wendy Slaback officiating

Sallie requested that there, Please be no FlOWERS.  Memorials may be directed to the Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area, Stepping Stones of Dunn County, Menomonie Public Library or the Menomonie United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


  1. Linda M Zoerb

    Sarah and Bared, I'm not sure if I spelled that right...anyway, my Dad, John, came into my office at La Crosse Floral last week with your Mom's obituary. He was saddened to hear of her death. And he wanted me to pass on our sympathies. Great memories of photographic "expeditions" had with your Dad, and great times spent with your Mom...and my Mom and Dad, both in La Crosse, and up in Menomonie...and I even think up in Door County he said. I recall being the little girl in the room while our Moms and Dads conversed. I also remember your Grandma. Well, I just want to say how sorry we are that you have lost your Mom. What a great musical woman. And extremely learned. She will be missed. Sincerely, Linda and John Zoerb.

  2. Carol VanHeel

    Sal was the last of mom's sisters so now they are all together again. Every time I talked to her she told me of something she remembered from my childhood. Sarah and BJ, I am thinking of you. Sal was such a neat lady.

  3. Sandy Putnam

    Sallie was a kind soul who's life made a lasting impact on many! I see her legacy continue in her children, and the church and community that she loved.

  4. Shirley Bostrom

    I replaced Sally on the Library Foundation Board Nautilus Society when she retired. It's hard to live up to her high standards. I have fond memories of MTG with her. A great lady indeed!

  5. Judy Young

    Sending you our deepest condolences. Your mom was a wonderful person, and everyone loved her. She was always so kind. Hoping your memories lift and sustain through this difficult time.

  6. Kathy Wagner

    Sarah, my sympathy to you in the loss of your mom. She was a grand lady! Always a smile on her face! She will be missed. I pray God will hold you in his arms as you say goodbye to mom. Kathy Wagner

  7. Lisa Murray

    Sallie will be missed at the Menomonie Public Library! She was on our Library Foundation Board from 1/2009-1/2015 and was in charge of the Nautilus Society. She was also a frequent patron and we will miss her smile. She loved her books! Rest in Peace, Sallie.

  8. Amy Durnford

    My thoughts are with my dear Aunt Sal's family and friends

  9. Carrie Coenen

    Sarah and BJ, your mom was a wonderful lady. She was so welcoming when we arrived in Menomonie. I remember her singing in the choir and her performance in Nunsense. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Timothy J. Korsmoe

    I will always remember Sallie as Dolly in HELLO DOLLY.
    Sallie was never without a smile and a kind word. I pray she rests in peace.
    My condolences to her family.

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