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ORGREN, Sally Lorraine

ORGREN, Sally Lorraine

ORGREN - Sally Lorraine Longtime Amherst resident, passed away September 28, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri, surrounded by family. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 AM at The Newman Center at UB (495 Skinnersville Road), followed by a secular gathering at the Comfort Inn University (1 Flint Road, Amherst). Sally was born March 1, 1930 in Bay City, Michigan to Wilfrid and Louisa Young Cyr. She married Harold Lorraine Orgren in August 1950. After he passed away, she married James Roy Orgren on June 7, 1958. After graduating as valedictorian from St. Joseph High School in Bay City in 1948, she earned her bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She earned her master's degree in library science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. Sally worked as a school librarian in the Williamsville school district for more than 20 years - first at Academy Elementary School, and then at Williamsville East High School from 1975 until 1992. She was a dedicated librarian, creating a library that was the heart of the school. She worked closely with the teachers to build a collection to meet the needs of their courses, and by building warm relations with students was able to address their personal interests as well. She was named Librarian of the Year in New York and pioneered the first computerized school library card catalog in the state. She advised several student groups at the high school, including the Library Club and the National Honor Society. Under her advisorship, Williamsville East High School hosted the 1987 National Association of Student Councils conference. Sally always had a warm smile and a helping hand for everyone around her: family, old friends, and new acquaintances. She loved helping and teaching children of all ages, whether reading or gardening with little ones or mentoring high school students. Sally and husband Jim dedicated countless hours to nonprofit causes. They were active members and officers of Call to Action, a Catholic group working to bring about progressive changes within the Church. For the Nicaragua Mission Project, a locally based group working to help those in need in Nicaragua, Sally and Jim helped to organize volunteers and pack shipments. They also sponsored elementary school tuition for children in Nicaragua. Sally's many interests included reading, crossword puzzles, camping, dancing (especially square dancing), sewing, computers, music, gardening, and cooking. Most of all, she loved spending time with friends and family. Sally is survived by four sons, Paul Orgren, Mark (April) Orgren, Joseph (Wendy) Orgren, and John Orgren; two daughters, Christine (Eric) Sandvol and Anne Orgren (Tom Heffernan); one sister, Rosemary (Ronald) Moon; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold; her second husband, James; and her daughter-in-law, Cecilia Ferreira Orgren. Those wishing to honor Sally's memory are encouraged to give of themselves (through monetary donations or volunteering time) to any of the causes that were important to her: Call to Action (, The Nicaragua Mission Project (, or any organization furthering the causes of education and helping those in need.

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