Born: September 28, 1934 - Deceased: July 23, 2022
Sara Jane Bradley, nee McCottery, 87, of Belleville, IL, born Friday, September 28, 1934, in Indianapolis, IN, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.
Sara was dedicated to family and work. On her own, she raised her two children and cared for elderly parents, while working full time. She maintained a sense of style throughout her life, which always involved some form of sparkles. She was a champion Wii bowler and an avid C-SPAN viewer. She was sharp, funny, and keenly interested in the wider world. She was a very private person-she may not, in fact, fully approve of this obituary. Her family believes, however, that her passing must be properly noted.
She graduated from Edwardsville High School and attended Millikin University. Sara worked as a secretary for her father’s business, Youngstown Industries, for the president of McKendree College in Lebanon, IL, for the Polaris Team in Long Beach, CA, which developed the first submarine launched ballistic missile, and as a legal secretary for Weihl & Millard, Thompson Coburn, and Greensfelder. She did not care for inactivity. After retirement, she remained active and productive, working part-time with the Children First Foundation which helps children and families affected by divorce.
She was preceded in death by her:
Surviving are her:
She was deeply loved and will be equally deeply missed.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Children First Foundation, 1909 Dublin Blvd., Suite B, Belleville, IL 62221.
Funeral: A private, family graveside service will be held on Monday, August 1, at Valhalla Garden of Memory in Belleville, IL.