Sondra Burns Asher
June 02, 1937 ‒ January 07, 2019
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.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Asher family. To view her tribute video or leave a message of condolence please visit:SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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