Sara Louise (Aylsworth) Durbin, 77, of Oak Harbor, died Thursday, June 28, 2007, at her residence.
She was born April 27, 1930, in Shreve, Ohio, to Ernest R. and Mabel (Young) Aylsworth. She graduated from Shreve High School in 1948 where she was a cheerleader, band member and her class valedictorian. The first couple years of her schooling she attended a one-room school house. Sara graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in home economics in 1952 and took advanced studies for her junior high teaching certification. On June 20, 1953, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wooster, Ohio, she married Thomas L. Durbin, and he survives.
Sara worked as a teacher in the Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools in Oak Harbor and for LaCarne School for more than 40 years, retiring in 1986, but continued subbing until 1998. She also worked as a family nutritionist in the OSU Extension Office in Oak Harbor for 10 years.
Sara was a very devoted member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, where she served on the Rosary Altar Society, was a Eucharistic minister, lector-commentator, parish council, chairman of the St. Boniface Festival Chicken Barbecue, CCD teacher, member of the KCettes, and participated in various family activities for the Knights of Columbus local and statewide. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers of Ottawa County; Home Economists in Homemaking; presiding judge and poll worker for the Ottawa County Election Board; American Legion Post 114 Auxiliary of Oak Harbor; Concerned Citizens of Oak Harbor; Senior Citizens of Sandusky and Ottawa County; National Education Association of Ohio; Golden Threads; VIP Club; 4-H Adviser; was over an 8-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross; and she held various offices for all of the organizations in which she was involved.
Sara was awarded the Knights of Columbus Diocesan Lady of the Year and the International K of C Family of the Month. She loved traveling with groups, spending time with family, following the Cleveland Indians, 4-H judging for various county and state fair judging, following her children's and grandchildren's various activities and keeping score at baseball games. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and catering various events including weddings, banquets, and Knights of Columbus breakfasts and dinners. Sara was always willing to provide a helping hand when needed.
Sara is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Thomas L. Durbin; her children, Thomas E. Durbin of Oak Harbor, Diane (Herman) Dehring of Oak Harbor, Barb (Ed) Murzynski of Mentor, Ohio, Edward (Kim) Durbin, MD, Ph.D. of Granger, Ind., Michael (Kim) Durbin of Spring Hill, Tenn., Steven (Francine) Durbin of Medina, Ohio, and Jeffrey (Michelle) Durbin of Lewis Center, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, John (Kate) Aylsworth, William (Lil) Aylsworth, Marvin (Joyce) Aylsworth, and James Aylsworth; sister, Sharon (Dave) Emler; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Aylsworth and Eileen (Jim) Schleter; and brother-in-law, John (Donna) Durbin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Earl Aylsworth; and sisters-in-law, Janice Aylsworth and Jean Aylsworth.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, with a parish wake service at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, with prayers offered at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Limestone Cemetery, Limestone, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be given to Birthright of Ottawa County; CKO Vocation Fund; or the Renovation and Beautification Fund at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor.
Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.