Sally J. Orzolek

June 6, 1934 - March 1, 2021
Sally J. Orzolek

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Sally J. Orzolek, 86, of Martins Ferry, Ohio passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side.

She was born June 6, 1934 in Martins Ferry, Ohio a daughter of the late Amon and Dorothy McSwords.

Sally was a Christian by faith and a member of the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Orzolek, son, Douglas Orzolek, brother, Minister Amon McSwords, sisters, Dorothy Keiger and Kathleen Boomer, and infant grandson, Tyler Dudzik.

Sally is survived by her daughters, Debbie (John) Fields of Springhill, Florida, Brenda Dorsey of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Leigh Ann (Matt) Gomillion of Land O’Lakes, Florida, six grandchildren, Chris Fields, Trevor (Christie) Dudzik, Summer (Alexander) French, Josh Gomillion, Jordan Gomillion and Gabriella (Aaron) Medina. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Sierra Dudzik and Xavier Medina and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Minister Rod Kasler officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialist- St. Clairsville Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry, 710 S. Zane Hwy Martins Ferry, OH 43935. Or online donations can be made by going to

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  • March 02, 2021
    Angelia Fitzgerald says:
    Sally was always the life of the party ! She was a generous and loving soul. She will be missed.

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  • March 03, 2021
    Summer says:
    Gramma was my second mother. She was the epitome of strength and perseverence. I feel honored to have been raised by her along with my mother. Life isn't easy all the time. And throughout my gramma's life, she didn't have it easy most of the time but she always continued growing as a person and kept an amazing spirit and sense of humor through it all. She was honest and never hesitated to speak whatever was on her mind at any given time as her trials through life very evidently taught her that our time on this earth is far too short to live passively. Gramma was the one person in my life who was consistently present through my darkest moments, always either offering me a comforting bear hug or a "stern talking to" depending on what she knew I needed to remedy my pain. She took care of me after I lost my unborn daughter, nursed me back to physical health and supported me through my emotional healing journey. She even saved my life on one occasion. I am forever grateful for the 30 years I had with her, and incredibly proud of the person she shaped me into. As I move on through my own life journey without her, I can only hope to honor her legacy with every step I take so that someday when I become an elderly grandmother myself, I will leave this earth so dearly loved as she was and will always be. My heart (and many others' hearts) are still heavy with grief, but this dialogue from an illustration I recently came across about love and loss has brought me comfort: "I know he just changed realms...but he'll be missed so terribly nonetheless." "I know, but being missed so deeply is the price for being loved so much."