Sandra J. Busler, 86

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Sandra Jane (Simmons) Busler, 86 of Dallas, OR, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from complications of Lewy-Body Dementia with her daughters by her side. 

Never a dull moment with Sandy as she will been seen driving her golf cart with a bag of clubs, her beloved fishing poles and tackle box, and sewing machine, behind her. 

Sandy retired after 30 years teaching in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District.  She began her career teaching Science, Geography, & History in Dellroy Middle School.  Upon receiving her master’s from Kent State, she became the Educational Media Specialist for the school district.  She purchased both the first classroom television sets and first computers for the school district. 

She is survived by her daughters, Lucinda (Cindy) and Susan Busler of Dallas, OR.

She married John Ralph Busler on April 3, 1955, and was married for 32 years until Ralph’s passing Jan. 2, 1987.  

Born Jan. 29, 1935, in Hartford, CT, daughter of Wilbur and Dorothy (Mills) Simmons. She spent her childhood in Connecticut until she was eight years old. Her family returned to the Pumpkin Run Farm in Pattersonville, OH.

She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carrollton and served many years as an elder in the church until her move to Oregon in October 2012. Sandy and Ralph served as long-time leaders of Washington Township 4-H Club where the girls were actively involved in showing purebred Hampshire and Shropshire sheep throughout Ohio. They were very supportive of the local FFA program, providing many sheep classes for general livestock judging and helping with the annual citrus fruit sales. 

She was class Valedictorian of Augusta High School and served on the class reunion committee for many years hosting many memorable reunions on her back patio in Carrollton.

 A Mount Union College graduate, she earned a degree in education in 1955. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. 

Sandy was one of the founders of Carroll County Book Club and served several terms as president of the Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. She also served on the Bell Herron Scholarship fund Committee. 

Sandy will be remembered for her sense of humor and having fun at everything she did. She loved to fish and go camping. Some of her fondest memories was ice skating on Atwood Lake in the winter with her family and host of Dellroy students.

Sandy spent hours sewing and saw to it her garments were well tailored. One her talents included sewing sheep blankets for the flock of sheep her daughters showed every summer. She had lots of practice mending them.

After retirement she took up wood carving and the sport of golf. She even moved from the farm on Canton Rd. to build a house on the 1st tee on Carroll Meadows Golf Course in Carrollton. She would drive her golf cart and play the front nine holes almost every day. Although she started the challenge of golf later in life, she did manage to get two “Holes in One” scored.

Mom was an organizer and now that her place in Heaven has been arranged, she can get things organized for more efficient operations.

At Sandy’s request, there will be no services.  Memorials may be made in her name: Sandra Busler Charitable Fund to the Carroll County Foundation, c/o Stark Community Foundation, 400 Market Ave. N, Suite 200, Canton, OH 44702.

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