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Sally Emmel

June 15, 1934 – September 15, 2021

Surrounded by photos of her grandchildren, and with her family at her side, Sally Emmel passed away peacefully in her home on September 15th. From her childhood growing up on “Dumpling Hill” in Rochester until her death, Sally’s warm heart, curious mind and adventurous spirit were always on display. Her commitment to learning never stopped. She graduated at the top of her class at West High School (’52), was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Rochester (‘56) and was a devoted member of the Osher Lifelong Learning community until the last months of her life. During her summers on the Bay of Quinte near Picton, Ontario, she developed her love for the water, becoming a skilled sailor, talented swimmer and a champion water-skier and instructor.

Sally was a leader in numerous organizations but always had a special place in her heart for WXXI Public Television, where she dressed as Big Bird for many an auction fundraiser, for the Burby Hollow Ski Club and for her square dance friends at the Village Squares. Sally was also an entrepreneur, co-founding the Second Season Clothing store, an institution known to many families in Rochester, on Mt. Hope Avenue and managing it for 25 years.

To say she was an enthusiastic traveler does not do her justice. Sally loved to visit new cultures and no place was too exotic for her, whether she was snorkeling in the Galapagos, exploring in Turkey, sightseeing in Europe, riding camels in Egypt, watching lions in Botswana, sailing in the Caribbean, canoeing in northern Ontario or helicopter-skiing in the Canadian Rockies.

She was always happiest though with her family and friends around the table on the dining porch at her beloved Campy, sharing a meal overlooking the Bay, admiring the moonbeam shimmering on the water and playing games deep into the evening.

She lived without regrets and leaves behind a lifetime of wonderful memories. Her family, including devoted husband Peter, daughter Susan and her partner Thomas, son Doug and his wife Honor, grandchildren Devon, James, Dylan, Jack and Lucy, great-granddaughter Isabel, and wonderful extended family including Charlene Anderson, Jeff and Betsy Dunham, Stephen and John Emmel, Laura Hercher, Elizabeth Hercher, Casey Weiss, Arjun Thakkar, Emily & Michele Anderson, Hallie Cullinane, Sofie and Sebastian Pinto Basto will always remember her.

A funeral service will be held at the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel on Saturday, October 2nd at 3 PM. [CLICK HERE FOR A MAP]. Parking: Trustee Parking Lot – located at Wilson Blvd and Trustee Rd. COVID protocols: All guests are required to wear a mask.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, October 3rd from 10 AM-5 PM at 24 High Hill Drive, Pittsford, NY. [CLICK HERE FOR A MAP]. COVID protocols: All guests must be fully vaccinated.

In lieu of flowers, Sally asked that you consider a donation to one of the following charities that were particular favorites of hers:

the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (,  Joining Hearts and Hands ( or WXXI Public Television (

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