Sally Bogert Mandle passed away with her family by her side in Santa Barbara, CA on June 21, 2021. Sally left a life of dedication to her two sons and their wives, Gary (Kathy) and Richard (Peggy), and to her grandchildren Aimee (Rich) and Terri (Scott), and Sally will miss the growing up of her great grandchildren Tatum, Landon, Kanon, Rocco and Gianna.
Sally was born in Glens Falls, NY and raised in Closter, NY where she met John Mandle. After marriage in 1954, they moved to Altadena CA, then to Los Altos before retiring in Santa Barbara.
Growing up in Closter she was active in high school activities, even volunteering as a ‘airplane spotter’ during WWII with her sister, Martha. Sally set a high standard for volunteering in the community in many ways, which continued all her life.
When the family moved to Los Altos in 1964, she continued her volunteering at her sons’ school with PTA, School Lunch Program, Elementary School Librarian, and as a El Camino Hospital Auxiliary volunteer and eventually a term as Auxiliary President, a Los Altos Police Department volunteer, and any organization that needed help.
After moving to Santa Barbara in 2000, Sally found many opportunities to volunteer and eventually lead organizations within the retirement community. Her days were filled with many tasks she enjoyed and helped support and grow. In later years, Sally could be found relaxing by playing Bridge, Mahjong, and shuffleboard with her resident friends and tending to her extensive apartment cactus garden. She also enjoyed helping with the tending of the community rose and cactus gardens, along with other resident volunteer gardeners. Later, Sally volunteered at the resident thrift store, and eventually becoming the elected Store Manager for a term. If you gathered from Sally’s interests that she was a ‘doer’ you are right. Sally accepted most solicitations to help anytime. She will be remembered as an unusual, outgoing, congenial and capable resident who could always be counted on to help when help was needed. Her friendly, outgoing, manner was always the first thing you noticed. She will be sincerely missed.
Besides her husband of 67 years, John, and immediate family, Sally is survived by her sister, Martha Jane (Petey) Semmens of Minnesota and Petey’s family.
A memorial will be held in Santa Barbara when the COVID restrictions have been lifted.