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Sally Moonyeen Putnam-Jurnack, 75


Sally Moonyeen Putnam-Jurnack, 75, passed away peacefully after a short illness at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. During this illness, she was cared for by the exceptional nursing staff on 5 Main. This is significant because she is a graduate of The Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1956, where she had the honor of caring for Dr. Guthrie and his family. Sally was extremely proud of her nursing profession and during her own practice, strived to give compassionate care to her patients and their families.

During the last years of her life, she had resided at the Towanda Memorial Hospital Personal Care Home where she received loving caring and support from the outstanding staff. Her life was enriched during her stay there and from this caring she was able to connect again with her love of books and art.

Born Jan. 24, 1936, she was the apple of the eye of her parents, Neulah (Norconk) and Robert Putnam, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Towanda High School, attended nursing school and then met the love of her life, Stephen John Jurnack, Jr., who also preceded her in death. Their life together took them to the Princeton, NJ area, where they enjoyed many years together.

They had two children, Joy of New Rochelle, NY and David, who is married to Mary Theresa Jurnack and resides in Towanda. Sally made sure all her grandchildren had an appreciation for art—they are Stephen, Kathryn and Kevin Jurnack and Emily and Sophey Dewell. Her brother, Larry Putnam and his wife, Peggy, of Towanda, were always an important part of her life. She took great pleasure in being an aunt to Jennifer (Putnam) and Jim Seymour and Bryan Putnam and his wife, Jennifer.

Once again, she had the opportunity to teach art appreciation through watercolor to Jennifer and Jim’s children, Benjamin and Kamdyn, during painting lessons this past summer.

Sally’s great love was art. She began painting as a teenager, using oil and charcoal as her medium. Whether during her time living in and around Princeton to relocating back to Towanda, she loved all things art. After she became a widow at age 43, she went back to books and art as a source of comfort. She had the opportunity to travel to Egypt, where she experienced one of the Wonders of the World. Her passion for her watercolors brought her to the decision to show her art in a show this fall at the Personal Care Home.

To honor Sally as a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, nurse and artist, the family will be celebrating her life and work in a Memorial Service Art Show entitled “From Me to You” at the Personal Care Home from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 27. A service will be held prior to the show at 1:30 p.m. at the Care Home to honor this amazing woman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made, in her remembrance, to support the Second Century Campaign of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, 601 Main Street, Towanda, PA  18848.

Memories and condolences for Sally’s family may be shared by visiting our website at www.tiogapointcremation.com.

Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.


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