The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 29, 2003


Ode to Sarah W. Andreassen

Sarah Andreassen really was "One of a Kind." You could say that she was a "Real Townie" or "One of the Old School," but that doesn't really cover it. Sarah was a true individual. She lived her life on her terms, and she lived every day of it.

Sarah loved her family and her town. Her children were the apples of her eye, her pride and joy. I have never seen a mother so openly in love with her children. Her husband was the rock of her being. Sarah was entrenched in her two jobs and she knew what she was doing and would only do it the proper way with no compromises. The town has been well served by her and has been fortunate and blessed to have had her services. She will be impossible to replace.

Sarah was a staunch Republican and was ready to work for her community in any way. She came to work every day. Some called her "The Face of Town Hall." Always there, always listening. Sarah replaced her father as Town Accountant in 1975, and was elected Town Clerk in 1989.

I sat beside her and worked with her for over seven years and can say for sure that she was a stubborn but honest individual. She had a memory like an elephant (good thing she was a Republican). She never forgot anything. Sarah liked to talk to people and she knew everyone. She was an avid Red Sox fan, too. People would go to a game, and she would say, "Have a hot dog for me." She also was a nibbler. That woman nibbled all day long and never gained an ounce. She was truly amazing. Definitely not a halfway person. All or nothing gained new meaning with her.

Let me describe her last week. She was in the office on Monday, had a CAT scan on Tuesday, went to the town accountants' picnic on Wednesday, was admitted to Brigham and Women's on Thursday, and died on Friday. If that's not living your life your way, and every minute of it, I don't know what is. We will truly miss her.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito