PEARL A. SAND
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PEARL A.


died on July 2. She was 102 years old and lived at Wesley Enhanced Living--Main Line, Media, PA. (formerly Martins Run).Pearl was predeceased by her husband Percy, to whom she was married for 65 years. She was also predeceased by a brother Julius and a sister Esther. She is survived by her sister Jean of Jenkintown, two children-Michael Sand (Diane) of Harrisburg and Janet Sand-Lawner (Peter) of Belmont, MA.; three grandchildren Jay (Lauren) of Philadelphia, Marc (Kelly) of Bearsville. New York, and Dan (Diana) of Kensington, MD. and five great-grandchildren-Molly, Lilianna, Adaline and Luke Sand and Sophie Lawner. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Early Childhood Education from Temple University. Pearl Sand was a true renaissance woman. She counselled hundreds of family and friends over her lifetime. Her main love was kindergarten children. She taught kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary School in the Upper Darby School District from 1956 to 1984. "There is no such thing as a bad
kindergarten child" she said. In addition to serving as a master kindergarten teacher, Pearl Sand had many other talents. She was a singer, and served as a member of the choir of Temple Israel of Upper Darby for 52 years. She was a member of the Delaware County Chorus, which toured Europe. She was a musician, and played the violin in the Landsdowne Symphony for ten years. She was an artist,
and many of her paintings are hung of the walls of family and friends and at the Martins Run Art Gallery. Her volunteer work was extensive. After her retirement, she volunteered as a kindergarten aide at Friends Central School for eleven years. She served as a parachaplain for Jewish Family Service and assisted many residents of the WEL nursing home. At the former Martins Run, she headed the welcoming committee for many years. She received a grant to teach English to the housekeeping staff. Pearl Sand was lovingly referred to as "The Mayor of Martins Run."Pearl Sand will be memorialized on Sunday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Jacob Cemetery, Glenolden. Rabbi Meryl Crean will officiate. Donations can be made in Pearl's memory to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (cmtausa.org), the Sand Family Fund of Beth El Temple, 2637 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Jul. 4, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
What a milestone to become a centenarian, and keep one's positivity, kindness and zest for life. May her memory be for a blessing!
Carin Smilk
Friend
July 5, 2020
I met the Sand family in late October, 1965. Percy and I became partners shortly thereafter and Pearl became part of our family. Pearl always inspired us when she spoke of her love for kindergarten children. She always had an answer as to how one would have a conversation with a 5 year old. She was a gifted violinist, a painter; she always welcomed us into her home.
Later on, we would visit Pearl with our grandchildren and she always had a drawer full of goodies (paper, pencils, crayons) for them.
Pearl will be greatly missed by all who loved her, especially us!
Barbara and David Smilk
Barbara & David Smilk
Friend
July 5, 2020
Mrs. Sand was a positive influence in my life. I worked as a domestic for her and several of her friends. She was patient in teaching me the machinations of keeping a kosher kitchen. She was kind, generous, and had a healthy sense of humor. She was someone who could do it all, but she was never a braggart about her many talents. She was a fine cook, a talented musician and painter. She also liked bowling. I admired her devotion to her family and her job. She was a good friend to many. My thoughts are with her children. They hit the lottery with both of their parents.
Deborah Bradley
Friend
July 4, 2020
The Shane family of Drexel Hill is saddened by the death of the most extraordinary kindergarten teacher who ever taught! She taught many of the 6 children in our family from 1959-1969 at Hillcrest. Those of us who were not fortunate enough to have her as our teacher still benefited & were profoundly impacted by her. I remember calling her Mrs. Sands. She calmly replied, Mrs. Sand; one piece of sand. How many of us can remember what our kindergarten teacher said to us 51 years later! We also remember her patience & kindness. The children of Hillcrest were truly blessed with her presence.
Gratefully,
Susan Shane Mahoney
Hillcrest Kindergarten, 1959
Susan Shane Mahoney
Student
July 4, 2020
Pearl came into my life in the early 80. We were training together as a parent educator for the CEA. I had two small children and my oldest daughter was very challenging. Pearl gave me so much encouragement and literally promised me that this child would be okay. Today my daughter is a CPA and mother of three. Pearls words remained with me for many years and provided much comfort. I also loved to hear her talk about her husband. They were so in love. Please know how sad I am that I did not keep in touch with her. She was definitely sent to me and I never forgot her.
Marge Richards
July 4, 2020
I have fond memories of Pearl from Temple Israel. I can see her right now as she sat in the choir at every Shabbat and holiday services in the 1950s and 60s. My condolences to her family. Mitch Freedman
S. Mitchell Freedman
Friend
July 4, 2020
Please accept my condolences . I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the word of God comfort and strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
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