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PostHeaderIcon SALLY VANASSE of AMHERST, September 11, 1934 – December 27, 2021

Sally Vanasse passed peacefully at her home in Amherst on December 27, 2021. She was 87 and had been ill for several years. Sally was born and raised in Florence, Massachusetts by her parents, Ruth and Walter Rudy and was the second eldest of four children. She graduated from Northampton High School and attended Northampton Commercial College. She was married to the late Louis Vanasse in 1954 and raised her family in Florence and Amherst. In the mid 70s Sally began her career as a personal banker at the Amherst Savings Bank, then Shawmut Bank, and went on to join the investment team at Hart and Patterson. She retired in 1999. Sally was a third generation Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst for 30 years. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2004 in recognition for her service to the Club and community. This award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary: placing service above self. A wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and cat lover, Sally leaves behind her daughter, Nicole and son-in-law James Guerra of Chevy Chase, Maryland, her beloved grandson, Maxwell Guerra of New York City, and her sisters Ada Weiller of Florida and Betty Stark of Washington. She also leaves many nieces and nephews, and their families, from around the country. Her dear Maine Coon cat, Earl, has been lovingly placed by good friends and is now living in New Hampshire. Sally asked that in lieu of a funeral a celebration of life be planned for later this year. The family is requesting that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Amherst Rotary Good Works Fund Inc. where the monies will be directed to scholarships. Donation checks should be mailed directly to Richard Mathews, 15 Hunters Hill Circle, Amherst, MA 01002. Memorial guestbook at

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