Sara Beth Fetter

April 17, 1978 ‒ September 21, 2016

Bloomington, Indiana
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Sara Fetter of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away on September 21, 2016.

Sara was an unforgettable person. She was born in Marion, Ohio, where she was adored by a large, loving family. After a family move, Sara graduated from Bloomington High School South, where she was class president and lost the prom queen election by one vote – a vote she cast for her friend.

She graduated from Butler University with a degree in Anthropology and went on to obtain a masters degree in education, with a concentration in talented and gifted education, from the University of Denver, in Colorado. Sara loved learning about the world and sharing that understanding with her students.

Sara was a skilled teacher. She started a children’s theater company and taught in top early childhood programs in Denver and Bloomington. She loved her students, teaching with empathy, appreciation, and intellect. Sara understood kids, uniquely so. She leaves behind generations of students and children of friends and family who loved her, cherished her, and learned from her.

Sara’s friends from each stage of life remember her as extraordinarily warm, devoted, generous. That, and she had the best sense of humor around. Despite her white-knuckled fear of flying, she loved keeping in touch with friends in all parts by visiting them. She loved animals, music, and the arts. She could be found in a museum, exploring a bookstore, or singing the Indigo Girls in her car with friends. She saved one person’s life and countless hearts. She loved her friends and family with fidelity and without condition.

When life gave her great challenge, she faced it bravely, with both grace and hope. Her life will be an enduring source of inspiration to those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her fiancé, parents, sister and family, grandmother, and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived as well by countless friends and their children.

Funeral services will be held Monday September 26, 2016 at Emanuel Lutheran Church with calling hours at 10 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites Sara’s many friends and admirers to remember her by making donations in Sara’s name to the Monroe County Humane Association and College Mentors for Kids, in Indiana.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Sara’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am so sorry to read about your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that death is only a temporary part of life. (John 5:28,29) You can have the hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones again, under perfect circumstances. (Revelation 21:4) In the meantime, even though the pain may at times seem insurmountable, rest assured that God will give you the strength necessary to endure. (Psalm 94:17-19) Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, I’ll be praying for the family during these difficult times. Please accept my condolences.

  • Dick- we are truly heart broken to hear about your loss. God bless and know that we are praying for and thinking of you.

    Kevin, Tonya & Christian Morris

  • Dick and Peg, on behalf of the Butler University family, please accept my deepest condolences. Bethanie and I and the campus community are holding you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim Danko

  • Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time of loss.
    May happy memories and peace surround you.

    Julie Schrader
    Butler University

  • Dick, we are so sorry to hear about your loss and will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Dick and Peg, we are so sorry to hear about Sara. Please know that she is in our thoughts and prayers, along with you and Ally & Kevin. Thinking of you and your wonderful, close family.
    Wendy and Chris Harlow.

  • Dick, no words can express our sorrow for you and your family. Children are so precious and should not leave us early. Our prayers are with you.

  • Dick, My deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Thinking of you, Vivian

  • Dick and Peg – my heart breaks for you and your family. I’m sure there are no words that can adequately console you in your grief right now. I hope that the thoughts – words – and prayers from your friends and colleagues will be of some comfort. Wishing you love and peace.

  • “Perhaps they are not stars,
    but rather openings in heaven
    where the love of our lost ones
    pours through and shines down upon us
    to let us know they’re happy.”

    -Inuit Proverb

  • Cousin Dick, Peg and family,
    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Please don’t be reluctant to rely on the strength and support of family and friends to help you through this difficult time.

  • Dick, I was so sorry to hear about our daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dan and Margy Nebesio

  • Peg and Dick, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your daughter,Sara. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Phil and Judy Thiel

  • Dick and Peg,

    I can’t begin to imagine the pain that you must feel. But know that God can heal all. Praying that God, Himself will comfort you and all the family during this most difficult time.

  • Dear Dick, Peg and family,

    Derek and I were so sad to hear of the passing of Sara. May the wonderful memories you all carry sustain during this sad time. Thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Derek and Hilda Fullerton and family. Bloomington

  • Dear Dick & Peg,
    I’m so very sorry to hear about Sara. My heart goes out to you and you’re in my thoughts.

  • Dick and Peg, we are so very sorry to hear of Sara’s passing. May happy memories help you get through this very difficult time. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Ellen and Dennis Clark

  • Dick and Peg, I am so heartbroken and sorry to hear about your loss of Sara. Please know that you, Ali and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all…
    Erin Roth

  • Dear Dick and Peg – I cannot even imagine your pain and realize that my words are totally inadequate. You’re in my thoughts and I wish you strength – Margriet Lacy

  • Dick and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Sara’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts, and praying that God’s peace provides comfort and strength.

    Lisa Hines

  • Dick and Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincere condolences.
    Marietta and Ken Stalcup

  • Dear Dick and Peg,
    I was so very sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am certain in time that the good memories will give you comfort.

  • Dick and Peg

    Robbie and I are truly saddened at the loss of Sara. It is certainly true that Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain.

    Another star will shine in the firmament to reflect God’s glory of seating another angel.

    Her life remains as a legacy for all of humanity to note.

    Charles and Robbie

  • Dick,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Jennifer Griggs

  • Dick, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow.

    Kathy Hankins
    Butler University

  • Dear Dick and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Sarah Beth. Our most sincere condolences to all of you!

    With the utmost respect,

    Bruce and Francine Clayton

  • Pericles — ‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’

    Sara’s life was deeply interwoven with others. In some small way, her goodness lives on in all of those whose lives hers touched. May the care she shared with so many others come back and give you some comfort in this saddest of times. No loss is harder than the loss of a child. My heart goes out to both of you.

    Suzanne Fong

  • I am heartsick to hear about Sara. Please know that I remember her with such fondness as I do your entire family. I was lucky enough to see her as an adult when she stopped by Childs upon her return to Bloomington.

    Words are inadequate at a time like this. May your wonderful memories of Sara help give you comfort and peace.

    With the deepest sympathy,
    Mary Sudbury

  • Dick,
    I just learned today that Sara had passed. I know that Danny and Kyle are crushed and can’t imagine your sense of loss.

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

    Bill & Joey O’Donnell

  • Dick and Peg,
    I have been traveling so missed the article about Sara’s tragic death. I remember well, times she and Ally spent in youth activities at St. Thomas. At this difficult time,
    May you see God
    In the faces of friends
    Hear Him in their voices
    Feel Him in the touch
    of their hands.

    May their help, caring, and sympathy,
    Reflect His love and kindness
    at this time,
    When you need Him most.

  • Dick and Peg,
    I have been at a loss of words since first hearing the news. I cannot imagine your pain and sorrow. I wish you peace, and offer my sincerest condolences.