Sally Zahn


A Service of Remembrance for the friends of 73-year old Sally Zahn of Chadron, NE, will be held Friday, August 11th, 2023 at 10:00 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.

Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her parents in the cemetery in Strong City, Kansas  

Those who wish to send a remembrance may make a donation to the Lupus Foundation of America in care of the Chamberlain Chapel, 1700 US-20, Chadron, NE 69337. 

Online condolences may be left at

Sally A Zahn was born November 20, 1949, in Strong City, KS, the second child and first daughter of Charles Edward and Pheba May (Counseller) Zahn. She passed away of natural causes on July 17, 2023, at the Chadron Community Hospital. 

Although she was born in Strong City, Sally grew up in Abilene, KS, and graduated from Abilene High School. She was the first student there to take 4 years of art, attesting to one of her talents.

Sally received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and went on to earn her Master’s degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. 

Sally accepted a position at the library at Chadron State College and worked there as a reference librarian, helping both students and faculty, a cataloger, and teaching classes in library skills. 

She remained a member of the CSC faculty until her retirement. She was also an active member of the Grace Episcopal Church.

A person of many talents, Sally filled her quiet time and retirement in various ways. She enjoyed reading, listening to all kinds of music, raising African violets, arts and crafts, and cooking. 

She loved art; history, nature, especially birds and flowers; rocks, minerals, and jewelry; trying new recipes; and watching baby videos, although she herself never married. Sally had a love of Camaros and owned several before settling on her Chevy Trailblazer. 

Seldom did she stray too far from Chadron, Crawford, Fort Robinson, and the Black Hills, except to visit family back in Kansas, but she did road-trip with friends from time to time.

Sally took a trip to Yellowstone with her mother after the death of her dad, and she did go abroad once on a trip to Sweden and loved it.

Sally was preceded in death by an older brother who died as an infant and her parents, all of whom are buried in the Strong City Cemetery. 

She is survived by her younger brother Martin E Zahn of Wamego, KS, two nieces, and a nephew, all three of whom have families. She will be missed by her family and her friends.

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