Sarah Ann Michels, age 65, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021, in Norwalk, CT. She is survived by her daughter, Haley Michels Strader, her son, Harlan Lynn Strader III, her son-in-law, William H. McCabe Jr., her mother, Ann Michels, her brothers Stephen and Christian Michels, and sisters Martha Michels and Linda Carchia.
Sarah was born in Summit, New Jersey to Ann and Herman Michels. She grew up in Short Hills, NJ and graduated from Skidmore College in 1978 with a B.A. in Sociology. Upon graduation Sarah joined Crain Communications in advertising sales at two of their flagship publications: “Pensions & Investments” and “City & State” where she achieved record results. In later years Sarah became a certified Yoga and Restorative Yoga Teacher and became a full-time building substitute teacher at Coleytown Middle School in Westport, CT.
Sarah’s spirituality and her religious beliefs were very important to her. She studied the bible and served on the Vestry and Altar Guild of Trinity Church in Southport, CT. Sarah often said that Sunday was her favorite day of the week as she so enjoyed being a part of the Trinity Community, as well as felt it was a sacred day to gather with close friends and family.
Sarah approached and lived her life with a sense of joy and compassion for all living creatures. She believed each day was a blessing and her many friends are testament to that. Above all else she adored her children and often said that raising her two children was the best thing she ever did with her life. Her smile, pure heart, and joyful presence will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service is scheduled at Trinity Church in Southport, CT at 11AM on Saturday, February 12th. The family has asked guests to register attendance at www.tinyurl.com/smichels.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Church in Southport, as well as the ‘Sconset Trust in Nantucket, MA.
If you intend on attending the Memorial Service at Trinity Church, please be sure to register at www.tinyurl.com/smichels
Trinity Episcopal Church
651 Pequot Avenue, Southport CT 06890
P.O. Box 821, Siasconset MA 02564