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| Monday, Dec. 8, 2003

Sonie Lindsey wasn't a clock watcher during her 38 years as a school teacher.

"She wasn't an eight-hour-a-day teacher, she was a 24-hour-a-day teacher," said her husband, Ron Lindsey. "She always thought that kids needed to get a good start."

Sonie "Sadie" Lindsey of Saxonburg died at her home Saturday. She was 87.

After teaching in Michigan and Hilliards, Butler County, Mrs. Lindsey taught at the primary level in the Fox Chapel School District for 20 years before retiring in 1981.

Mary and Bob Young of Sarver shared a church pew with the Lindseys 10 years ago, a chance acquaintance that led to a lasting friendship for both couples.

"From day one we've been friends, ever since we'd go anyplace together; we're really going to miss her," Mary Young said.

The couples met at the Emory Chapel Methodist Church after the Lindseys moved to Saxonburg and were trying to find a church closer than the one in their home town of Ridgeville, Butler County.

Mrs. Lindsey was a generous person who loved to have people around her.

"She never went out by herself; she had to have everyone go with her," Mary Young said.

Ronald Lindsey said Sunday he took an interest in his future wife after being honorably discharged from the Marines in 1948, and she was helping out behind the counter in her parent's store, the Beatty Country Store in Ridgeville.

"I guess when I was buying bologna, I liked the way she cut the bologna," he joked.

They were married Sept. 24, 1954.

They had no children, but Mrs. Lindsey was an avid dog lover and devoted to "Champ", the couple's weimaraner.

Mr. Lindsey, a retired mechanic in Westinghouse's Cheswick plant, said his wife was easygoing, with one exception: she didn't like to have her picture taken and would destroy any pictures of herself that she found around the house that she didn't like.

"I guess she wasn't a picture person," Mr. Lindsey said.

Mary Young said the friendship she and her husband shared with the Lindseys is irreplaceable.

"We thought it probably was just made in heaven the way things went," she said.

Mrs. Lindsey is survived by her husband.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Young Funeral Home in Butler. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Robert Janeck, a retired Methodist minister, presiding. Interment will be at Rosewood Cemetery, Ridgeville.

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