A Merrill High School teacher who died of a stroke last week left a legacy that will not be forgotten, mourners said at her public memorial Wednesday night.
“As you grow older and other things fade into memory, her name will not be one of those things,” said Sally Pfund’s parish priest, Father James Horath.
Students, teachers, relatives and former varsity volleyball players remembered Pfund as a hero who touched everyone’s life. The high school held the memorial in the gym at the family’s request.
“My mom was the best,” said daughter Sarah.
Pfund began teaching at the high school in 1997. She earned the school’s Teacher of the Year award in 2004.
Principal Shannon Murray said Pfund knew how to have fun, connect with her players and get results.
“She got it,” he said during one of three eulogies.
Mourners celebrated Pfund’s life by releasing dozens of blue and white balloons into the air from the football field after the memorial. In death, Pfund also gave life to others, her daughters said. Her organs were donated to five people.
In addition to Sarah, Pfund is also survived by her daughter Savannah and husband Mike.
Contributed by Matt Lehman-WSAU