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Sally Ralyea

Obituary of Sally M. Ralyea

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Sally Ralyea was born in Buffalo, NY to Robert and Anne Moesch. The oldest of 6, Sally claimed to be the favorite but we all know that Amy, the youngest, was the favorite. Her loving siblings in between include Barb, Gretchen, Bob, and John. Sally grew up in Eggertsville, NY where she attended St. Benedict Grammer School, graduated from Nottingham High then, D’Youville College. Sally was an avid Junior Olympic swimmer, traveling across New York State to compete. Also an excellent skier, Sally was a longtime member of the Concord Ski Club. Sally’s childhood summers were spent on the lake at her family’s cottage in Wanakah, NY. She enjoyed many early friendships there swimming, fishing, boating, and sleeping under the stars. In high school, Sally met her husband-to-be, Bill Ralyea. Bill and Sally married in their hometown of Eggertsville then were shortly blessed with their first daughter, Colleen. Soon after, the couple moved to Germany where Bill was stationed in the Army. In Germany, the family grew to include their youngest daughter, Debbie. The young family returned back to Buffalo where Sally joined the family business, Ralyea-Heckman, Inc. Sally worked several years in the accounting department of the restaurant and hotel supply company. Later, Sally worked in food service at Fredonia State University and moved into activity planning for a local nursing home. Being an avid sailor, Sally and Bill spent many years racing the “Col-Dee”. Sally was an active member of the Dunkirk Yacht Club where she enjoyed many special friendships. An avid cat lover and gourmet chef, Sally mostly loved to cook for family and friends. There wasn’t an ingredient she wasn’t familiar with or a cooking technique she couldn’t name. Sally’s big heart will be sadly missed. Ralyea, Sally (nee Moesch) of Hamburg, NY on October 23, 2021. Devoted wife of the late B. William Ralyea; Loving daughter of late Robert and Anne Moesch; Loving mother of Colleen A. Ralyea and Deborah (John) Niedbalski; Grandmother of Jillianne M. Gurney, Ella D. Niedbalski, and Jack W. Niedbalski; Sister of Barbara (Paul) Harder, John D. Moesch, Gretchen (John) Makelke, Amy (Anthony) Bartholomew, and the late Robert (Jeannie) Moesch; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 6-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lakeshore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075. 716-627-2919. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA Serving Erie County or Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences and donations at
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States