Sara Leizear

Sara O. Leizear, a former housekeeper and active church member, died Monday from complications of a stroke at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 80.

The former Sara Marguerite Onsel was born and raised in Rising Sun, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1949.


She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught elementary school from 1953 to 1954 in Worthington, Ohio, and from 1956 to 1958 was a day care teacher in Columbus.

While at college, she met Edward Louis "Ned" Sherrer Jr., whom she later married. The couple moved to Phoenix, Baltimore County, in 1962.

Her marriage to Dr. Sherrer, a pathologist, ended in divorce.

Mrs. Leizear moved to San Francisco in 1986, where she worked as a housekeeper for two years for George Frederick Jewett and his wife, Lucy.

"While working as a housekeeper for the Jewetts, she was instrumental in planning events for President George and Barbara Bush, Prince Phillip, World Wildlife and the San Francisco Ballet," said her daughter, Robin Sherrer of San Francisco.

She had been an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church Blenheim in Long Green, where she assisted in the church's renovation in the late 1970s, served as a member of its board, and was a choir member.

From 1981 to 1985, she was a member of the board of the Ravenhurst Development Corp.

Mrs. Leizear enjoyed taking adult education classes at Roland Park Country School, Goucher College and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, listening to music and sailing.

Her husband of 15 years, Capt. Thomas D. Leizear, who was a Chesapeake Bay pilot, died in 2008.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Leizear is survived by three sons, Curtis Sherrer of Monkton, Kent Sherrer of Snohomish, Wash., and Eric Sherrer of Santa Paula, Calif.; a stepson, Jerry Leizear of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Toni Dunn of Baltimore; a brother, Edward Onsel Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Asmus of Bowling Green and Helen Lesniak of Columbus; and seven grandchildren.