Sarah Hasler White

Sarah (Sally)
Hasler White, 93
PORTLAND - Sarah (Sally) Hasler White of Portland, formerly of Rumford, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. She was born June 17, 1920 in Altoona, Penn., daughter of Mary and Harry Hasler. She grew up in Cresson, Penn. She attended Mt. Holyoke College and graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, Mass.
Sally married Malcolm C White on Dec. 29, 1942. They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on Dec. 29, 2012 with a piano concert of 1940's era music and reception at Birchwoods at Canco where they resided.
Sally is survived by her husband Malcolm C White, Sr.; son Malcolm C White, Jr. and wife Nancy of Rockport, daughter Nancy Benway of Stafford Springs, Conn., daughter Joanne Bartlett and husband Gayton of Portland; grandchildren Richard Baker, Katherine Jefferson, Sarah Reza, Jessica Benway, Laura Fries and her husband Brad, Alan Bartlett and his wife Lauren; great-granddaughter Kaia Jefferson; sister Helen Bartlett of Mansfield, Ohio; and nieces and nephews,
Volunteerism was very important in Sally's life. While in Rumford she was actively involved in the Rumford Community Hospital where she served on the Board of Trustees, was Director of Volunteers and was active in the Reach to Recovery program where she supported Breast Cancer survivors. She was also a long time member of the Franklin Street Methodist Church and in the Searchlight Club.
Sally and Mac loved the summers spent at their camp on Canton Lake. She enjoyed hosting family and many large gatherings there.
After moving to Portland in 1986, Sally got involved in the Woman's Literary Union, was on the board of Friends of Kotzschmar Organ, volunteered at Maine Audubon and played bridge in different groups. Over the years she did a lot of knitting and in later years knit hats for cancer patients at Maine Med. She also organized and collected hats knit by others and delivered them to Maine Med. Sally loved to attend activities of all kinds - plays, concerts, art museums, fairs, festivals, and other special events. Sally enjoyed traveling and she and Mac had many wonderful trips in the US and around the world.
The family would like to thank the staff of Birchwoods at Canco for their care and attention to her these past two years.
Per her wishes no funeral service will be held. A private burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth by Direct Cremation of Maine.
Donations in her memory
can be made to:
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ
PO Box 7455
Portland, ME 04112
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 20, 2013