Sara (Sally) Drohan Petro

Date Of Birth: 07/04/1943
Date of Death: 11/09/2022

Sara (Sally) Drohan Petro passed away peacefully with her family by her side on November 9, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her beloved husband, Ron; her cherished children, Michele, Brian (wife Laurie), Kristen (husband Marty) and Kerri (husband Andy); and her dearest grandchildren, Joe, Mack, Emily, Drew and Sarah. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Alice, her brother, John “Ace” and sister, Alice and is survived by her brothers, Joseph and Brian.
Born in Yonkers, New York to Joe and Alice (Turner) Drohan, she married Ron Petro on June 26, 1965. She was a graduate of Gorton High School and received a BA in English and a minor in Jewish Studies from Marist College in 1982. With Ron and her children, she resided in Wappingers Falls, NY, Anchorage, AK, Narragansett, RI, Boston, MA and Portland, OR.
Born on the 4th of July, Sally left sparkles everywhere she went and with whomever she met. Throughout her life, she travelled extensively with Ron, family and friends. Highlights include multiple cruises in Europe, Africa, over 40 NCAA Final Fours, Bermuda, Long Beach Island and Moriches Bay, several cross-county road trips, and, too many to count, visits with friends gathered throughout her lifetime.
She was known for her ability to create delightful stories, plan fabulous parties and family reunions, spend endless hours attending and cheering at sporting events, compose the best Christmas letters and enjoyed sharing a scotch (or two) with friends.
Sally will be remembered as a special and remarkable woman who provided unending and boundless support to those she loved as she single-mindedly and courageously overcame the many physical challenges multiple sclerosis presented her. A true champion of her family, she never wavered in her support, encouragement and faith in us and her impact on our lives will be forever in our hearts.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Pius Church, 1280 NW Saltzman Rd, Portland, OR on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 11am.
A Celebration of Sally’s life will be held next Spring in New York.

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  1. Frank Caruso says:

    The obituary certainly captures all of Sally’s attributes. May she rest in peace.

  2. Pat and Michael Neri says:

    We loved our times spent with Ron and Sally during their stay in Rhode Island. She was so much fun and so full of life. We know she will be greatly missed by her family and many dear friends.
    Pat and Michael Neri

  3. Dan Barry says:

    Sally was a very special person who always made life fun. She was a fabulous co-worker and a wonderful friend.
    So sorry Ron and family for losing a gem.

    Dan & Carolyn Barry

  4. Jan and Henry Pedro says:

    So very sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. We always enjoyed spending time with the both of you. She was always happy, engaging, full of wonderful stories, and she so loved her family. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.

    With love, Jan and Henry Pedro

  5. Thorr Bjorn says:

    Our thoughts and prayers on Sally’s passing to Ron and the entire Petro Family. So sorry for your loss.

    Thorr and Cyndy Bjorn

  6. jeanne m helma says:

    I wish the Petro family strength during this sad time.
    There will be a tremendous void without her spark. So very sorry for your loss.

    Jeanne Helma

  7. Stephen Landes says:

    So very sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of times, spent with her, Ron and the Petro family when she lived in RI.
    My deepest condolences to Ron and the entire Petro family, and may I offer the traditional Jewish honorific:
    “May her memory be a blessing”
    Steve Landes

  8. Idamarie Piccard says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Ron and your family, at this difficult time. Remembering so many fun times with both of you. Sincerely, Idamarie & Lee Piccard

  9. Dixie Dixon says:

    Sally worked for me for over 5 years as my real estate assistant. She encouraged me, helped in every aspect of my life as a working mother of two and a busy professional. Sally and I went thru so many events in our lives together, her with her MS, me with two young rowdy boys, client problems, creating business and life plans. I so missed her when she moved but I lost track of her as so often happens in life. Sally was so generous and wise. She so enjoyed working with my clients, helping them thru the drama of house contracts, staging suggestions, listening to endless hours of drama from the poor clients. Sally always had time and wisdom. At her suggestion we enjoyed many a slip-away-afternoon at the movies when we finally got overloaded. When my sister was diagnosed with MS she counseled her on the factors of MS – mostly “things are not as bad as you think – just make accommodations and quit assuming things are hopelessly dire- they are NOT as awful as you think.” Sally was always positive. She was wonderful, fun and loved her family so much and was so proud of them. Ron was her true sole mate. It is a shame not everyone could experience a love like that shared between Sally and Ron. The world has lost a bright light that shown in every corner of her world.

  10. Chuck and Terry Homan says:

    So sorry to hear about Sally and sending our loving support to Ron and family. Sally was a joy to know and always had a smile when we saw her. She is resting in the arms of the angels.

  11. Don and Dana Anderson says:

    Such sad news to read today. Ron, and family – I know you will miss her beyond comprehension. Though it’s been years, I miss knowing she’s no longer of our world. My times with her were filled with delight and laughter, and through all that, we got some pretty amazing work done. I recall eating nachos made by Michelle, because Sally said she would make them for us if we said hers were the best. And more than once we were surprised at the face attached to size 14 shoes napping on the couch in the Foxhall house. An Alaskan Northern Nation believes that the spirits of the dead dance forever in the aurora. I love that image, and Sally will be a welcome addition to that party. Be gentle with yourselves and know you are loved. Dana and Don Anderson

  12. Larry Gibbons says:

    I have the fondest memories of Sally. She could light up a room with her presence and bring class to the dankest of gyms. She was a wonderful friend and a continuing source of encouragement. Still in our formative years, Sally and Ron provided us with a wonderful model of what a marital partnership should be. For those all too infrequent opportunities to reconnect, she always would reminisce with humorous stories about previous times together. She was a very special person.

  13. francis hayes says:

    Ron and family, Fran and I were sorry to hear about your wife’s passing. We hope that all of the best memories of your life together will sustain you in the days ahead. Take care and stay safe.
    -Fran and Frank Hayes

  14. Harry and Betsy Larrabee says:

    Ron and Family, we were saddened to learn of Sally’s passing. Our memories of her and all of you are held in a special place in our hearts. While we have lost touch in recent years, know that when we reflect on our years in Alaska, it is with love, happy times, and appreciation for our time spent with the Petro family. Sally was a role model on how to treat people. She was welcoming and encouraging to all and certainly inspirational to both of us. We know that she will be so very missed. Thinking of you now and in the future.

    Harry and Betsy Larrabee

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