Sally L. (Hepler) Hartle

Born: Mon., Dec. 5, 1927
Died: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 04, 2017
Location: Faller Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Dec. 05, 2017
Location: St. Michael Church

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Sally Hartle (nee Sara Louise Hepler), formerly of Marble, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on November 17, 2017 in Smyrna, Georgia. She aged with grace. A remarkable wife, mother and respected community volunteer/activist, she is much loved and will be forever missed by friends and family.


Sally was born in Clarion, Pennsylvania on December 5, 1927 to Russell and Belma Hepler. She married F. Duane Hartle in Washington, D.C. in 1947, and they moved to his hometown of Marble, Pennsylvania after Duane was mustered out of the U.S. Air Force. While raising their four children, Sally ran the office for her and Duane's insurance business. They retired in 1993.


Her 50-years of service to St. Michael’s parish included participation in the Rosary Society, the church choir, the annual Labor Day picnic, and Oktoberfest. When her avid interest in genealogy took her from Fryburg, Pennsylvania to Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, she began organizing trips between the sister cities. Years later, she and Bill Ditz headed a local group who researched genealogical records and published the first history of St. Michael's. Sally's genealogical records have been donated to the Clarion Library. You can find the electronic files online at under the heading “Fryburg Families.”


She earned a Master Gardener's certificate and became the historian for the Clarion County Garden Club. She was instrumental in organizing many of its juried competitions.


She held a seat on the board of the Clarion County Historical Society, worked as an election-day judge, and continued her hands-on support of the Democratic party into her 70s.


Sally was a board member of the Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for over 20 years, passionately dedicating herself to the betterment of in-home health services and the establishment of hospice care.


She also enjoyed many happy years as a member of the Clarion Community Choir, for which she served as treasurer.


In September 2013 she moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area where she resided with Holly and David Casey. Holly became Sally’s primary caregiver with the loving support of Holly’s younger sister Heather Baldino.


Sally is survived by her brother Carl (Hep) Hepler, who resides in Clarion, as well as her children Shelley Hartle of Whidbey Island, Washington (Mike McVay); Dana Hartle of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Danise Hartle); Holly Casey of Smyrna, Georgia (David Casey); and Heather Baldino of Marietta, Georgia (Mark Baldino). She was the proud grandmother of Stephanie Stolzenbach of Long Island City, New York (Ramon Conce); Christopher Hartle of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; Katelyn and Jacob Baldino of Marietta, Georgia; and great-grandmother to Lincoln Conce of Long Island City, New York. Many well-loved nieces and nephews also mourn her passing.


Friends and family can pay their respects to Sally and the Hartle family on Monday, December 4 at Faller Funeral Home, Inc. in Fryburg from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church in Fryburg on Tuesday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. With Rev. Joseph Czarkowski, pastor as the celebrant. Sally will take her rest beside Duane, her husband of 52 years, who predeceased her in 1999. There will also be a reception at St. Michael’s Hall following interment.


Instead of flowers, those wishing to remember Sally are encouraged to make a donation to the Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association or to St. Michael's Church in Fryburg.


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Charlene Smerkar Frack
   Posted Thu November 23, 2017
Dear Shelley,
I am so sorry to read of the passing of your Mother. I remember her as a wonderful person. She always went out of her way to say hello when I was back in the Fryburg area. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother and sisters.
Charlene Smerkar Frack

Jerry Schill
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Sally was one of several of the women from Marble that are forever in my memory. Sally Hartle, Betty Obenreder, Grace Niederriter and Jane Weaver are the ones I most remember because of my classmates at St. Mike's and North Clarion. I recall their voices when they came into the post office, (and our home) and to chat awhile with Dad or Mom in the process. Sally always stayed in touch, especially when I was overseas.

Special lady indeed. Condolences and prayers to all.

Mac McCloskey
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Holly and family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful person. She always made me smile when I saw her. RIP Sally.

Jill Over
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Sally was a wonderful board member and friend to the VNA and to me. She cared deeply about her community and always worked to make it a better place. She is missed.

Jeff, Bobbie Cyphert Family
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Hartle Family,
I had the pleasure of seeing Sally in my Salon weekly for many years. I so enjoyed her company! I always admired her get up & go attitude, no matter how she was feeling or what kind of day she was having, she always made the best of it.
Sally, was such an example of being a great volunteer. We laughed, cried, and solved as many world problems that we possibly could in 30 minutes. Sally, so loved her family and cherished her friends. We will always remember her with fond memories.
God Bless her! May your many fond memories help you through this difficult time.

Bettejane Brown
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
As an employee of the Clarion Thrift Plan with Sally's father for several years, I remember so many things about her and the family, who were all special to me. As a co-worker and friend she was amazing. We have kept in touch over the years, especially at Christmas. Hep, it is good news to hear you are still with us, as am I yet today. My prayers are with you and all her family, through this time, and always.

Bob Collett
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Sally was a wonderful, selfless person. So many times she would take the time to visit with Marty and me after mass. I will always remember her fondly. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed.

Geralyn Carroll Neely
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I enjoyed your mother. We had such a great time doing theater together. I loved that she called your father "Dane". I loved it so much that our first son's name is Dane. Truly a loss for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jolene Weaver Frampton
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Sending my sympathy to the family. Sally was such a great friend to my Mom Ginny. I remember the good times Mom and Dad had With Sally and Duane. Sally always was such a pleasure to talk to and she will be greatly missed. She now can join the party with Mom and Dad and Duane. Sally is one person who will be hard to replace.
Jolene Weaver Frampton

Ruth Obenrader Harteis
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Dear Family of Sally Hartle,
Sally has been (and will continue to be) a happy part of my years in Fryburg. She was a remarkable woman, involved and caring. My first contact with her occurred when I was a Girl Scout. A treasured memory. My sympathy for your loss.

John Wagner
   Posted Mon December 04, 2017
Sally was a great lady in so many ways worthy of divine and earthly appreciation. It was
my pleasure to have served with her on the board of the Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association. Sally was strongly dedicated to supporting the VNA's mission of helping hundreds of people each year. We had some wonderful visits as increasingly we traveled together to board meetings during her final years on the board.

Jordan Cyphert
   Posted Tue December 05, 2017
Growing up, I was involved with The North Clarion Players at the Sawmill Theater. I had the pleasure of working with Sally several times both onstage and off. She was always a pleasure to work with. Such a kind, caring, and passionate woman. She will be greatly missed.

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