Sarah M. Orlosky 1943-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – Sarah Margaret Banks Orlosky, 78, died Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Sally was the stereotypical little girl of a boy-first era – underestimated by her parents. This lack of approval drove her to excellence in everything she did throughout her life. Never satisfied with being excellent in one or even several things, she has worked all her life to be the best. Asset.

After graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1961, she earned a teaching certificate, became the youngest teacher in Ohio, and taught first grade at St. Charles Catholic School the same fall, while taking courses for her undergraduate degree in education from Youngstown State University. . While teaching at St. Charles, she won the Golden Apple Award for Ohio Teacher of the Year. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she immediately began working on her first master’s degree in education. During her teaching career, she taught at all levels, from kindergarten to grade 12, and taught special classes for gifted and learning-challenged students.

Not content with simply teaching children the skills they would need to succeed in life, she returned to school for a second master’s degree in guidance and counseling to become a high school guidance counselor at Farmington High School in 1984, to help guide students on their chosen path through life.

In 1991, Sally participated in a U.S. Department of Education exchange program with her counterpart from the (then) Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as that country was becoming modern day Russia. She was in Leningrad when she reverted to her historic name, St. Petersburg. The goal of this exchange program was to teach Russian guidance counselors to guide their children through their adult lives, rather than dictate them, as had been the practice since the Russian Revolution.

Sally came from a large family and loved children very much. She had two children of her own, but due to complications during these pregnancies, she was unable to have more. Not content with this, she and her husband went to the Ohio Children’s Services Board and became adoptive parents in 1993. After retiring as a guidance counselor in 1998, she and her husband moved to Florida and enrolled in the adoptive parents program with Florida. Department of Children and Families. Additionally, she spent the early part of her retirement working as a child therapist at the COPE Center in DeFuniak Springs, hoping to keep children out of the foster system in the first place.

Over time, she became “too old to chase children around the house” (which she would never admit), so she and her husband began to foster mentally disabled adults. By the time she finished, she and her husband were caring for 91 foster children and four adults.

After retiring in 1998, Sally moved to DeFuniak Springs, where she and her husband purchased historic Sunbright Manor, the former residence of Florida Governor Sidney Catts. She likes to furnish and decorate the house in period pieces. Passionate about the Christmas season, she especially loved decorating the house for Christmas. At Christmas time, she would set up and decorate up to 38 Christmas trees, ranging in size from 4 to 12 feet, each with its own theme.

Sally was also a notable member of the community. She served as secretary of the DeFuniak Springs Women’s Club and was elected “Queen for Life” for the Red Hat Dollies of DeFuniak Springs. As a flower lover and part-time florist, she was a member of the Seagrove Garden Club, DeFuniak Springs Garden Club and The Flower Shuttle. She was also an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Freeport, where she served as a reader, Eucharistic minister and parish councillor.

Sally was predeceased by her brother, George Banks; sister, Mary Ann Banks; brothers-in-law, Thomas George Jr., Edward John and Michael George; and his sister-in-law, Sandra Lee.

Among the survivors are her husband, Reese Orlosky; sons, Ted Cisine (Susan) and Brent Orlosky; grandchildren, Katelyn, Allison, Kat Castillo (Michael) and Mady. She is also survived by her brothers, Bob Banks, Jack Banks (Becky) and Michael Banks (Joyce); and his sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Banks.

Floral arrangements are accepted. A visitation hour will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022, with Mass beginning at 11 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, Freeport, Florida, with Father Longin presiding.

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