Sara (Sally) Dirlam Bailet

December 30, 1924 ‒ June 12, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Sara (Sally) Dirlam Bailet passed away on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016. She was born on December 30, 1924 to Rachel Wagner (Tracy) Dirlam and Jay Neil Dirlam of Mansfield, and lived in this community all of her life.

An alumna of Stanford University and a graduate of Vassar College, she met her husband, Lowell C. Bailet upon his return from WWII. They were married January 18, 1947. Sally and Lowell shared a love for travel. They lived abroad, in Barcelona, when their children were young, and also skied the Alps and Rocky Mountains.  Sara and Lowell cruised the waters around Florida and the Bahamas, aboard their sailboat Sol y Mar, during their retirement.

More recently, Sally enjoyed swimming laps at the local YMCA, reading, designing needlepoint and watching golf or tennis. She was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Mansfield and member of Westbrook Country Club, Wednesday Study Club, Mansfield Garden Club, and several bridge clubs.

Sally is survived by her three children: Connie Bailet of Barcelona, Spain, Jay (Lisa) Bailet of Bellevue, Idaho and Marilou (Jim) Day of Mansfield; seven grandchildren: Sara (Ezequial Dezorzi), Carolina and Jordi Borrell, Christopher and Tracy Bailet, Katye (Andrew) Kidd and Jim Day; two great grandchildren: Nico Dezorzi and Ivy Kidd.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lowell C. Bailet in 2000, as well as her brother Jay Tracy Dirlam and sister Mary Louise Dirlam in 1938.

Sally was blessed with the love of close family and friends.  She brought happiness, positive energy, and joy to all those who knew her, especially her family.

A private graveside service will be held at Mansfield Cemetery in August.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the family with services and online condolences to them may be made by


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  • Connie,
    I rarely get the News Journal, so it was quite by accident that I saw your mother’s obituary in yesterday’s (Sunday) edition. You and your family have been in my thoughts ever since.
    It has been some years since I saw your mother, but her warm and engaging manner made a lasting impression from the earliest days of skiing at Snow Trails on. Reading and learning more about her life only added to this sense of admiration. It reminded me, too, of your father with his ready sense of humor and infectiously sunny disposition. You were doubly blessed, as was I, to have had such parents: exceptional individuals who embodied the very best qualities of the “Greatest Generation.”
    Losing a parent is tough, even realizing that the loss was a part of the gift itself. Be well and please accept my heartfelt sympathies from afar.
    Tim Smith
    850 Andover Road
    Mansfield, OH 44907

  • The loss of someone we love can be unthinkably hard to deal with, I know first hand how much you all must be grieving. Our God is a loving God of comfort, please rely on him at this time. 2 Corinthians 1:3. Please accept my deepest condolences in behalf of the loss of Dear Sara.