Sally Charles Wedge, 74, died Dec. 15, 2017.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 East Main St., Penn Yan.
Sally Charles Wedge was born July 5, 1943 in Utica, N.Y., the daughter of Isabell Armstrong Charles and John Charles of Hamilton, N.Y. Sally grew up an active member of her local community, acting as co-captain of the cheerleading squad, vice president of the student council, and editor-in-chief of the yearbook.
She attended the University of Rochester and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and in 1972 with a Master’s degree in Education. She taught third grade for six years in Rush Henrietta, and taught in the Education department at SUNY Geneseo for three years.
She married Edgar Charles Wedge Jr. July 6, 1968. They eventually moved to Penn Yan to accept teaching positions. They had three children, Karen, Sarah, and Chip (Edgar III). Sally was a professor at Keuka College for 31 years, teaching decades of students, many of whom are now teachers in Penn Yan and surrounding communities. During that time she created and led Mindstretchers, a summer camp for gifted and talented children, located at Keuka College. Mindstretchers brought her years of joy and fun and challenge. She continued her community involvement throughout her life — she served on the board of directors of Yates Day Care Center (now Rainbow Junction) including a term as president, served on the Penn Yan School Board, and joined the Literacy Volunteers after retirement.
Sally was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed knitting, reading, and doing puzzles — challenging her hands as well as her mind. She loved to cook and treated her family to tastes from all over the world. She never missed an opportunity to watch Jeopardy with her husband. She was a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills. She was a proud breast cancer survivor, and participated in many walks and fundraisers for cancer research. She loved to travel — she visited all 50 United States, 2/3 of the U.S. National Parks, and traveled the full length of Route 20 from Massachusetts to Oregon.
Sally is survived by her husband, Edgar Wedge Jr.; children, Karen (Adam) Wedge Landry, Sarah (Kevin) Wedge-Merrill, and Chip (Ravimai) Wedge; grandchildren, Nathan, Aniya, and Myles Landry, Matthew and Marcus Merrill, Kyra Da Jose, Caleb and Edgar IV (Chuck) Wedge; brother, Richard (Dorothy) Charles; sister-in-law, Janice Charles; aunt, Marion Frieswyk; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Douglas Charles.
Donations can be made in her memory to Keuka College, the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the American Cancer Society.