Peisch, Sally Glass
July 11, 1918 - October 28, 2013
Sally Glass Peisch was born July 11, 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lived until she was two. In 1920, her family moved to California, eventually settling in Pasadena.
She was an out-going, curious child with a voracious love of books.
Naturally, one adult who made a lasting impression on her was the
librarian at her neighborhood library. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1936 and from Pasadena Junior College (as Pasadena Community College was known then) in 1938, she received her Bachelor's from UCLA
in 1941. Perhaps inspired by her early friendship with the neighborhood librarian, Sally decided to become a librarian herself and received a Master's in Library Science from Columbia University in 1942. She went on to work at the Huntington Library in San Marino and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
While she was at UCLA, her boyfriend at the time made the fateful decision to ask his friend, Kent Peisch, to keep an eye on Sally while he was away. Kent and Sally married in 1943 and eventually returned to Pasadena after the war. Sally set aside her paid work to raise her four children and to volunteer her skills locally. She organized the local elementary school library and threw herself into planning and launching very successful book fairs for the school. She was a lifetime member of the PTA, volunteering at the elementary, junior high and high schools. She returned to college in 1972 to earn a Master's in Instructional Media and teaching credentials to return to work as a school librarian.
Sally and Kent often said that their happiest times were spent "cruising" on their sailboat, Sally Forth, in Mexico from 1980 to 1984. But Sally was always active - she danced ballet from childhood through college, she skied and loved camping. After Kent died in 2000, Sally became an avid member of the Pasadena Senior Center, using the exercise room and attending classes.
Sally died peacefully in her sleep October 28, 2013. She will be remembered for her love of books, her warm sense of humor and her gregarious nature.
She will be greatly missed by her family: Her son Peter, his former wife Dawni; her daughter Cadie; her son Tom and his wife Barbara; and her daughter Jennie and her husband Michael Hite. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Amanda and Matt Derby; Jessica Peisch: Stevie and Ryan Ens; Samuel Hite and her great-grandchildren Macie Derby and Chase Derby.
A Remembrance of Sally will be held Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m. at Cabot & Sons, 300 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in her name to: Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 or Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.