Sally Jane Chowan, 82, of Superior, Wis., and formerly of International Falls, Minn., died on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior, after a long battle with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Sally was born the eldest of twin girls on June 7, 1938 in Wyocena Township, Wis., to Parker H. Pearson and Marjorie Mae Edwards.
Along with her parents and four sisters, Sally moved from their Wisconsin farm to the International Falls area in 1950 when her father accepted employment at Mando. She graduated from Falls Senior High School in 1957 and went to work for Mando full time. Eventually she went to work for Koochiching County Social Services, and then joined Shannon’s Plumbing and Heating, Inc., retiring after more than 30 years.
On June 22, 1957 Sally wed Donald L. Chowan, and together they were united in marriage 56 years until his death on Sept. 4, 2013.
Sally loved to laugh and was often found with her sisters, laughing their way through lunches at Hardees, shopping excursions, casino trips and coffee time at one another’s houses. She loved to dance and she and Don were members of the Northland Dance Club for many years. Sally loved music in all forms. She was always humming and singing along to music she played throughout the day. Attending concerts and musical events were always a highlight for her, especially when they involved her son Todd playing or singing.
Sally was a caretaker by nature. During her time at Koochiching County she and Don fostered two children for a brief time. She never forgot them nor they her. Sally showed her deep love for family and friends through cooking and baking for them. She learned to make Italian spaghetti sauce from her mother-in-law and over the years perfected the making of it. Rigatoni and sauce was her most requested dish. The Pearson family banana bread and Sally’s chocolate chip cookies could always be counted on at coffee time. Sally loved a trip to the Dairy Queen and it was she who began a tradition of going to the DQ for a birthday treat. Her family continues to celebrate each others birthdays where ever in the world they may be with a trip to DQ.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Parker H. Pearson, and Marjorie Mae Edwards Pearson; husband, Donald; son, Todd; and brother, Robert.
Sally is survived by her daughter, Debra (Doug) Sandstrom of Mesa, AZ; son Scott (Carrie) Chowan of Two Harbors, MN; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Mindy) Taschuk, Patrick Taschuk, Garrett (Cara) Taschuk, Tyler (Leanne) Spry, Caitlin (Jeremy Koller), Madeleine (Chandler) Briscoe; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and one arriving in March 2021; sisters, Nancy (Roy) Jones, Sue Clarity (John Smuda), Georgeann (Andrew) Wright, and Linda Shannon (Dennis Christensen).
Private services will be conducted at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.
Interment will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in International Falls.