CUMBERLAND – Sarah Leona (Reagan) Newman, 85, of Cumberland, formerly of Mt. Savage, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at her home.
Born on April 11, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Clement and Leona A. (Wolfe) Reagan. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Newman; daughter, Kathleen Newman; brother, Clement Reagan; and her four sisters, Catherine Rhoads, Mildred Clark Buckley, Eleanor Baker, and Mary Theresa Bruhn.
Sarah was a 1953 graduate of the Allegany College School of Nursing, and was one of the top students in her class. She retired from Sacred Heart Hospital after 40 years of service, known as an outstanding professional in her field, and instrumental in changing the same day/ short stay program. Sarah also had a passion for singing. She performed in the Choral Society on many occasions. Sarah’s first solo was at Christmas Eve mass singing, O Holy Night. It was breath taking. Sarah and her husband, Thomas, met dancing in Frostburg, and never stopped dancing for 48 years until his passing in 2003, married at St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Savage, MD on July 9, 1955. They lived in Mt. Savage for many years, where they raised their six children: Patrick, Annalee, Ellene, Thomas, Kathleen and Colleen.
Sarah is survived by her children, Patrick Newman, Annalee Ostendorf and husband Thomas, her children, Sarah, and James R. Nigh Jr., Ellene Newman and her children, Christine Regotti and Marisa Carroll, Thomas M. Newman and wife Sharon, and their children, Amber and Nicole Newman, Colleen Briehof and husband Joe, and her children, Bernadette Golt, Theresa Storm, Katelen Haley, and Garrett Storm; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jed, and Alexandra Golt, and two more on the way; and a very close and special friend, Allen Emerick.
Family will receive friends at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 15706 St. Patrick’s Church Rd, Mt. Savage, MD 21545, on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Inurnment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Mt. Savage, where she will be laid to rest at the foot of her husband.
Friends and family will be received afterward at Tom and Annalee Ostendorf’s home, 3295 Frostburg Road, Frostburg, MD.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Anthony Food Pantry, c/o Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, 300 East Old town Road, Suitte #2, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com