Surrounded by her family and friends at home, Sally [Sylvia] Ann Veregge passed away peacefully on September 22, 2012. Born in Lodi on April 27, 1946, the second child of Charles Albert and Ann Antoinette [Mineni] Veregge Jr. she immediately became known as Sally. Sally is survived by her brother Charles Albert III and his spouse Patricia, her nephew Charles Albert IV and spouse Rachael, her step-niece Gina Schmeusser, step-nephews David Pruitt and Sam Pruitt, as well as several cousins including Denny [Vicki] Mineni of Modesto and many close friends including her long time dear friend Jerome Woehl also originally from Lodi, the Kearns family [Maureen Saunders, Lorraine, Tricia, Janet and Kenny and their families] originally met in Fresno, dear friends from graduate school including Martin, Gina and daughter Jennifer Moss, and Larry Denner. Sally is survived by many friends at San José State University and the First United Methodist Church of San José who treasure the time they shared with her.
Sally thoroughly immersed herself in education and the integration of education within the world. She did so as a lifelong learner, graduating from Lodi Union High School, UC Davis with a BS in Biology, a MS in Biology and BS Nursing degree from CSU Fresno, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She brought her strong educational background and eclectic working background [high school biology teacher, hemodialysis technician, medical/surgical nurse] to the Biological Science Department at San José State University  where she taught a wide variety of courses rose to the rank of Professor and Chair of her department. Quietly innovative as a professor, Sally collaborated with others to create interdisciplinary curricula such as one of the first Professional Science Masters in the country [Masters in Biotechnology] providing students strong internship opportunities in the Valley, and working closely with the hospitals and clinics in the area to build and support a Clinical Laboratory Science program. Sally was a loved and respected teacher. She treated every student as if they were her only student. She spread the ability to learn and the love of learning to thousands of students. She engaged students in her research laboratory as well. Students from high school, undergraduate and graduate students worked collaboratively to tackle the impact of gonadal steroids on the brain including estrogen's impact on epilepsy. Sally was also a longstanding organizer and contributor to Expanding Your Horizons which served over 800 young girls every year to encourage them to pursue studies and work in science and engineering. She was a "Teacher-Scholar" at SJSU and was named 2002 "Woman of Achievement" award at the 28th Annual Women's Fund of Silicon Valley among many academic honors. She threw herself into extensive service at both the university and her church communities.
Sally always saw the positives in people and situations. Beyond words, this was often expressed by her trademark smile that she used frequently. We will keep Sally in our hearts and minds by remembering how she enjoyed life and respected and helped others; how she was always strong in spirit and conviction, lived life to the fullest, and cherished her family and friends.
Sally wished to thank her medical team and caregivers in San José, Stanford, MD Anderson and UC Davis for their care and attention as well as her loving friends and family who assisted her as she sought to live each day to the fullest.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, at 10 am in the Wesley United Methodist Church at 566 north 5th St, San José (408-295-0367). Sally will be interned in Lodi, California. Contact Oakhill Mortuary for details. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the First United Methodist Church of San José or the Biological Science Department at San José State.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from September 25 to October 2, 2012