Obituary of Sarah Ann Bleak-Savko
On Thursday, July 22, 2021, surrounded by her family and friends at her home, our beloved mother and nana Sarah Ann Bleak-Savko sang her way into heaven’s gate at age 70.
Sarah was born to Paul and Madelyn in the countryside of South Dakota. Her family later moved to Santa Barbara, California, and she was raised alongside her siblings with her mother and stepfather. Sarah’s grandparents and uncle lived close by, and she spoke fondly of the memories created on the warm southern California coast. She reminisced about trips to the beach in Summerland, where she distinctly remembered the endless smell of fresh citrus in the air.
A sometimes shy and reserved person, Sarah told stories of her love for athletics and quickness on the basketball court. She was faster than the boys in elementary and junior high school. Even though Sarah was of small stature, she was tough and would remind those around her to never judge a book by its cover. Sarah recalled with fondness memories of her time with The El Kadettes drill squad. She loved to tell stories about her friends, the competition trips, and the accolades they accomplished.
After graduating from High School, she met and married her former spouse, Rich. Her dream of becoming a mother was full-filled, and she was blessed with three daughters. Sarah was a dedicated military spouse and committed mother who loved her family. After traveling around the US and overseas, the family returned to California, but this time on the central coast. There, Sarah took a position working as a secretary for the local School District until retirement.
In the beauty of the bay, Sarah found a community which she loved. She created beautiful relationships and new family ties. Right across the street, she met her best friend and partner in crime, Sandie, who shared a lifetime of love, laughter, and support. Sarah was known as momma Savko and served as a second mom to many. She had an open-door policy and a plate of food ready for all that came to her house.
An avid singer, karaoke angel, and country dance enthusiast, you could find her out on the town dancing with her friends or winning singing competitions. When she opened her mouth to sing, she commanded the room; the audience was shocked by the strong, beautiful voice that came out of such a tiny person. Her life was highlighted when she was blessed with her grandson (Tyler), whom she adored.
Full of wisdom to provide, two of her favorite saying were “This too shall pass” and “Time heals all wounds.” Most of all, Sarah is known for her kind, patient, and loving heart. Truly something to be proud of. She was indeed an Angel on earth and will be missed by many.
Sarah is survived by her daughters Yvonne, Sheri, and Lindsey. Her sister (Jeanette) and cousin (Karol). Her cherished grandson, Tyler Savko. She was preceded in death by her mother (Madelyn), Father (Paul), Stepfather (Richard), and Uncle (John).
Memorial service will be held at Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, CA, on August 28, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
A lunch reception will directly follow at The Moose Lodge, Del Rey Oaks, CA.
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