Sandra Dillmuth

Obituary of Sandra Sue Dillmuth

Sandra Sue Dillmuth was born August 8, 1942 in Honesdale, PA.  She was the second child of three born to Willard Carl Dillmuth and Bernice Josephine Jackson Dillmuth. Sandra grew up in Milanville, PA and graduated from Damascus High School in 1960.  Sandra attended Shippensburg State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education.  Upon Graduation, she taught first grade in the Philadelphia area for 5 years where she heard about an opportunity to teach overseas for the Department of Defense.  She thought that sounded like adventure and jumped at the chance in 1969.  For the next 32 years, she taught military families’ children in Germany, Japan, and the Philippines. During her summers, she earned two master’s degrees, the first in her family to do so, from Penn State University (Master’s of Education) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Master’s of Library Science). After earning her library science degree, she served as the elementary school librarian for the US Department of Defense in Germany where she imparted her love for books, reading, and learning to all the children that she encountered.

During her career abroad, she spent weekends traveling all over Europe and Asia with her new friends with whom she taught. She loved to explore new cultures and learn about how people around the world lived. Sandy was a wonderful storyteller, and her travels were often at the center.

She retired to Sun City Center, FL, in 2001, and joined the Sun City Center United Methodist Church and became active in the American Association for University Women (AAUW), her sorority, several book clubs, bridge groups as well as volunteering at the library and cooking for the emergency squad. She loved people and provided support wherever she could.

During retirement, she continued to travel by cruising to Australia, Iceland, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.  She visited family and friends whenever possible including taking a safari to South Africa to visit a niece living in the region and traveling to visit friends in Europe.  She imparted her love of travel and adventure on all her nieces and nephews. She visited every continent except Antarctica.

She loved cats and had several calicoes over the years, including Kiku who lived with her in Germany and her current pair of felines, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. She kept her family close, remained in touch with old friends, made new ones, and often had visitors. Sandy was a kind and loving person and always had an ear to listen or a laugh to share. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed. She passed away on February 12, 2023 in her home.

Sandra is survived by her brother Douglas H. Dillmuth and his wife Pam, sister-in-law Evelyn Dillmuth, and her cousins Mary Jane Tarr and her husband Bob, and Doris Swendsen. She is also survived by four nephews, Paul Dillmuth and wife Katie; Mark Dillmuth and wife Kathy; Timothy Dillmuth and wife Melissia; and Douglas S. Dillmuth and wife Renee; two nieces, Dr. Susan Dillmuth Miller and husband Bob;  and Sarah Dillmuth Marjane and husband Simon. She left 14 great nieces and nephews who all knew her well and loved her. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her brother Roger David Dillmuth; and her niece Christina Marie Dillmuth. Memorial Services will be held on March 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Internment will take place in Indian Orchard Cemetery in Honesdale, PA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Critter Adoption and Rescue, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) 1529 27th St. SE, Ruskin, FL 33570 or LifePath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.

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