June 21, 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Pellegrini


---- — GRANGER – Sarah Elizabeth Pellegrini, 34, Granger, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

Sarah was born June 30, 1978, in Logansport, to Bill Polei and Chris Long Polei. On Oct. 20, 2007, she was united in marriage to Raymond Robert Pellegrini at All Saints Catholic Church, Logansport.

Surviving are husband, Ray; daughter, Anne; son, Joseph, all of Granger; parents, Chris and Bill Polei, both of Logansport; grandmother, Jennie Brown, Winchester; sisters, Katie Keucher (husband, John), Westerville, Ohio, and Stephanie Polei (fiancé, Jimmy Faroh), Goshen; aunts, Karen Long, Jane Long and Dawn Long, all of Logansport; uncles David Long, Mark (Michele) Long, all of Logansport, and Mike Polei, Ridgeville; nephews Evan and Eric Pellegrini, both of Victorville, Calif., Adam and Daniel Keucher, both of Westerville, Ohio; cousins, Barb (husband, John) Davenport, Jean Brumbaugh, Jim Long, Rachel (husband, Rod) Hainje, Emily (husband, Wes) Anderson, Ryan Long (fiancée, Shae Creager), Kahla Long, Molly Long, Erin Buntain, Cassie (husband, Mark) Dobbs, Laura (husband, Landon) Blume, Meaghan Long, Patrick Long and Courtney Long, Carrie Becker (husband, Matthew), Holly Hamilton, Derek Hamilton, Allison Hylton, Levi Long, Mason Long, Dalton Long, Brilie Long, Cole Hainje, Luke Hainje, Anna Hainje, Noah Dobbs, Chase Dobbs, Corbin Blume, Case Anderson, Gabe Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Jodi Buckmaster (husband, Marc), Rick (wife, Paula) Polei, Brayden and Brenna Buckmaster and Dylan Polei.

Sarah was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Gene and Elizabeth Long; her paternal grandfather, Lloyd Polei; her aunts, Lisa Long Brown and Kathleen “Abbie” Long; her uncles, Joel Long and Dennis Long and her son, Malachi Pellegrini.

Sarah was a fertility care specialist at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and also worked as a respiratory therapist at Elkhart General Hospital. Previously, she worked as a perfusionist in Chicago before moving to Granger. She was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger and served as a meal coordinator for “Elizabeth Ministry” there. Sarah graduated from Logansport High School in 1997. She was a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington in 2001 and Johns Hopkins University in 2003 with a perfusion certification.

Sarah enjoyed art and music. She played the piano, organ, and oboe. She played the organ at All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport while in high school. She sang in several choirs including the Logansport Children’s Choir and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Sarah enjoyed hosting play groups for her children, swimming, playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and going to the beach and zoo.

Visitation for Sarah and Malachi will be held at Palmer Funeral Home-Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, where visitation will be one hour prior to mass.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1800 Grant Street, Logansport.

Contributions in memory of Sarah and Malachi Pellegrini may be offered to St. Pius X Catholic Church with attention to Elizabeth Ministries.

Online condolences may be sent to the Pellegrini family at