Sondra Burns Asher

June 02, 1937 ‒ January 07, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield: Sondra Burns Asher passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on January 7, 2019. She was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on June 2, 1937, to Blanche Branham Burns and Roy E. Burns. She attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, where she met her loving husband, Bill. They were married for 59 wonderful years.

Sondra was an educator who taught various grades and subjects, as well as serving as a Title I Reading Consultant, mostly in Mansfield City Schools, for 21 years. She then became a principal with Mansfield City Schools for 14 years, serving at West Fifth Elementary School and Ranchwood Elementary School. Upon retiring from teaching, she became a school board member for eight years, serving as President for one year.

Sondra was always active in the church, especially at Diamond Hills Baptist Church. In her later years, she helped establish and coordinate meals for ten years with her friend Alma Schmidt for the Free Community Lunch at Diamond Hills Baptist Church. Sondra and her husband Bill were involved weekly with teaching and encouraging children in the God’s Kids program. They enjoyed providing respite through the court every other weekend for a boy from their church, Brandon Yu.

Sondra participated actively at the Mansfield Playhouse for about 20 years, as an actress, makeup artist, and board member. Sondra will be well remembered for being generous in helping others, being witty with a good sense of humor, decorating her home for holidays, collecting angels, playing good-natured pranks on her teacher friends, and being a treasured friend.

Sondra was preceded in death by her parents Blanche and Roy E. Burns; her aunts Alice Stamper, Anne (Alonzo) Clay, Grace (Paul) Janes, and Erie (Orie) Wireman; and nephews.

She leaves a legacy to her surviving family: husband William J. Asher; daughters Melanie Asher and Lori (David) Rinehart; her sister Ellen (Jay) Swigart; and her cousins, Jody (Don) Nash and Ellen (Ken) Haring. Also very special to her were her grandchildren Holly Rinehart, Eric Rinehart, and Joshua Rinehart; her nephews Jason (Melissa) Swigart and Nick Swigart; additional nieces and nephews; friend Colin Gordon, and her 2 dogs.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Diamond Hills Baptist Church, 647 South Diamond Street, Mansfield.  The Rev. Christopher Thomas will officiate.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory to Diamond Hills Baptist Church Free Community Lunch Program may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Bill, my heart goes out to you. I love you , and loved Sondra so much. Please know we are here for you!

  • Mrs . Asher was my very favorite teacher at Woodland. I had her in 4th and 6th grade. She made such a difference in the lives of so many. I remember when she ran for school board, I wrote a public letter in support of her. How delighted I was when she called me to thank me, but it was so who she was. She was kind and fair and always made you feel so important. I am so sorry for her family and friends, what a significant loss. I love you Mrs. Asher and will forever know the impact you made in my life

  • Bill, you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was very apparent that you were totally devoted to Sondra. I loved the way she supported you as you worked with our students at St. Peter’s. I remember your taking a phone call from Sondra just as a rehearsal was ending. For that moment while you were on the phone with her, there was nothing else in your world but her voice. You impressed me greatly that day with your great attention and obvious love for your wife. She was all smiles when she attended our plays, understanding completely the layers and layers of value this work of yours had for students. God bless you, Bill. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • To Bill and the Asher Family
    I am so sorry for your loss.Sondra was a wonderful woman and I will miss her so much.I’m praying for God to comfort and strengthen you and the family during this difficult time.
    Baby Di

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Asher was my elementary principal. I always remember her greeting us when we came in the building. She was always smiling and seemed she really enjoyed being around us rowdy kids. I remember our walk to save west fifth school, which sadly didn’t happen. I will forever remember my favorite principal. With lots of love
    Teresa (Smith) Webster

  • Rest in Heaven Mrs. Asher she was my principal at Ranchwood and she was there at my graduation in 1999 Im going to miss you. You were so sweet, giving, loving! Praying for comfort for the family!

    Shennel Gordon

  • Thought and prayers for the entire family and community for the loss of Mrs Asher. Dedication, a firm stand and nurturing presence. Now at rest .

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sondra was a wonderful woman and we know that you will greatly miss her. May the fact that she is now healed and with Jesus give you much comfort and peace. May the many great memories you have help to sustain you.

  • Bill , Melanie, Laurie and David and your children. Sondra and Bill were and are good friends to myself and my late husband Merle. Often they would show up at the door with food when we had made one of our many trips to Cleveland Clinic. Also Sondra would call about everynite and we would give each other advise ( not that we would always follow it) but the phone calls were a way of saying good nite. We as a church family will miss her but always be there for Bill. Janet Schulte

  • Dearest Bill and family
    I wish Florida was closer so I could personally hug y’all and give my condolences. I so fondly remember all the times at your home and the Playhouse where laughter love and heart warming stories were shared. May God provide your comfort and continued love.
    Pamela Keith

  • Dear Bill,
    We heard of your loss and will hold you and your family in prayer. Sondra was a wonderful lady.
    Larry and Linda Evans

  • Mrs Asher was like a mother to me. You r missed a great deal. I wish I could be there at this time. Let me know if there is anything I can do. I will pray for you all.

    Love Richard

  • My mother, Dorothy Riley was friends/co-teacher with Sondra. My mother loved her and the entire family so much. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure she and my mom are up in heaven catching up! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.