Dingée family matriarch Sarah E. Dingée

Sarah E. Dingée, 73, matriarch of the Dingée clan and mother of The Sheehan World technical editor Chuck Dingée, died Oct. 11, 1998 at home in Hobart, Ind., of an apparent heart attack.

Mrs. Dingée, a gracious woman with a warm smile and a ready laugh, was a founder, former director and volunteer at The Answer, a volunteer agency that provided counsel and aid to pregnant women and new mothers in the Hobart, Ind., area. She was also the secretary and treasurer of the family firm, Dingée Advertising.

Mrs. Dingée enjoyed playing piano and sewing until her health began failing a few years ago. She was an expert seamstress who made Halloween costumes and other custom garments for her three children when they were young. She was also a voracious reader of histories, biographies, poetry and popular novels.

A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Mrs. Dingée never lost her Southern charm and grace, even in the face of debilitating illness.

"Her unconditional love for her family was something to behold," said Kathy Sheehan, a daughter-in-law. "She was always ready with a hug and a laugh, no matter what the circumstances."

She was a member of St. Bridget Church in Hobart and the local VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 54 years, William "Uncle Grampa" Dingée; two sons, Chuck and Bill "B2"; a daughter, Barbara Dingé; a brother, Dan Branigan; three sisters, Susie Davidson; Peggy Gibson; and Pat Jonas; two grandsons, William "B3" Dingée and Tom Cook; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Cook; a great-grandson, Isaac Best; and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held in Hobart, Ind. Her remains were buried in Rock Hill, S.C.

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