GENEVA — Sarah Alice (Hakala) Halman, left her physical pain and entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the Geneva Shores in Geneva, Ohio.
Born Jan. 23, 1938, in the former Ashtabula General Hospital, she was the daughter of Paul E. and Clara M. (Blood) Hakala and has been a lifetime area resident of the Ashtabula Harbor. While growing up, she was an active member of the Rainbow Girls and the Harbor marching and concert bands.
She graduated from Harbor High School in 1956 and attended Kent State University Ashtabula. For many years, she worked in the banking and insurance industry.
She married Robert J. Halman on July 1, 1961. Once her son decided that he wanted to work as a mechanical engineer, Sarah and her husband founded Halman, Inc. in 1986 and she served as its president until this past December.
Sarah was active in various community activities which included Order of Eastern Star in Ohio (member for over 50 years); the Child Conservation League; she participated in various area garden clubs; an aquatic volunteer at the Ashtabula YMCA and a lifelong member of the Second Congregational Church, where she served on multiple committees and sang in the choir. Although Sara enjoyed helping and participating in the community, her biggest passion was caring for her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband, Robert J. Halman Sr.; a daughter, Sandra (C. Thomas) Ranck II; six grandchildren, Charles “Chip” Ranck III, Robert Halman III, Jaime Halman, David Ranck, Jennifer Hall and Brian Hall; and two sisters, K. Susan (Robert) Bernard of Hackettstown, N.J., and Jean (Paul) Trembley of Avon, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Robert J. Halman Jr. in 2004.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, August 2nd, at the Second Congregational Church, 319 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, with the Rev. Glen Warner officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m., Friday, in Saybrook Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be TODAY, Thursday, August 1st, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, Ohio, with Orion Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star conducting rites at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Mission Fund of the Second Congregational Church or to the Free Wheel Chair Mission, in care of Secondt Congregational Church.
Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com and starbeacon.com.