Sarah E. Rotar, age 16, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 31st, 2017

RotarSarah E. Rotar, age 16, of Lombard, died on December 29th, 2017 after a 16 month battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 from 3-9pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, IL. Funeral services will start at Noon on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, followed by a procession to Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn.

Sarah is survived by her loving parents Joe and Elizabeth (Clark), her sister Samantha, her brother Joseph (Joey), grandparents Ralph and Jane (Austin) Clark, her very close great aunt Jenny Austin, and many, many, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sarah grew up in Lombard. She went to Park View Elementary School, Glenn Westlake Middle School, and also Glenbard East High School. She was a focused young lady with aspirations to become a pediatric surgeon. She cared for her grades and was her hardest critic on herself. There was no one more dedicated and focused than Sarah. She missed her freshman year of high school because of her illness and she was hurt emotionally that she could not do any work while having treatments. She often cried that she would not graduate on time with her friends.

Sarah was the happiest student when she was able to physically go to school. Though she had no hair and braces on her legs, she still walked through her high school halls proud. She was confident in who she was and why she was there. She didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her. She appreciated all of the compliments and words of encouragement and would come home and share them all.

Sarah was the most loving young lady. She loved her brother and sister so much. She was their biggest fan and would support them and look after them in every way. She was also a loyal friend. She was so sad when her friends bickered and never wanted to choose a side. Feelings were important to her and she never hurt anyone nor wanted to be hurt in return. She had many friends but she cherished the bond with all the members of “SQUAD”. It made her cry when friends left the group. She never lost contact with any of the people that touched her life.

In elementary school she loved to run so she did track for a year in middle school. Though she was shy and timid when it came to large crowds, she wanted to perform. So she joined drama club and performed in plays the next two years.

Sarah loved to go camping and would count down the days until she got to go. She loved when she could go down to Lafayette, IN to see her “Indianian” cousins and run around on their goat farm. Shopping was also a favorite. She would look forward to going to Gurnee Mills on the annual family Christmas shopping trip. She was the biggest GLEE fan and she melted away when she got to meet Chris Colfer who was her favorite actor. There was no bigger Blackhawks fan than Sarah. She was speechless when she got to meet her favorite player Patrick Kane. She also had the time of her life when she got to go on her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Florida. She was so happy and it gave her strength and hope for the future.

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8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mamaw says:

    My baby girl. I will miss you for the rest of my life. My god keep you close because you were a truly special person. Love you always and forever. Moooooink. Mama

  2. Katelyn Rebecca Hatfield says:

    Hi. My name is Katelyn hatfield and I read about your daughter on here. She was just so beautiful. I understand what you’re going through my dad passed away about four in a half years ago a heart attack in his sleep. My dad was a minister at first church of Lombard the one by maple street chapel across from Dairy Queen. His name was Robert earl Hatfield. He would always help and understand and listen to people and I would like to follow in his footsteps I’m here if you want to talk or anything I’m here for you I’m not a minister but I do listen and understand people

  3. Carmela and Howard miller says:

    We are so very sorry and heartbroken for your loss.. we can’t imagine what your going through but do believe she is at peace now and we will always remember her struggle. She was so very strong and determined to beat this but it is now apparent that God had different thoughts. May God bless your family and with time help the pain to lessen a little.

  4. Julie and Jake Novak says:

    Liz, Joe, Samantha and Joey,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers and we promise to keep up the fight against pediatric cancer in memory of your beautiful Sarah.

  5. Annie says:

    I never had the privilege of meeting Sarah but some of my friends were blessed beyond measure to do life alongside your sweet girl. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful girl. A true inspiration. I am praying for you all.

  6. Jennifer Fennell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I cannot imagine what you are going through, but please keep in mind she will always be with you in spirit. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Rick Planos says:

    It was an honor to get to know Sarah and her loving family. I will never forget the look on her face when she got to meet Chris Colfer, her idol. And I will never forget her fierceness in making the most of her Wish Trip to Disney World. Sarah is a lovely person I will never forget despite her leaving us far too soon. This world is a little sadder today without her.

  8. Sondra Allen says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Sarah. I stumbled upon her story by being friend with a family member. I’d like you to know, this tribute to Sarah is so beautiful. Just reading it, I’m sure she was a bright spot in so many lives. I can’t imagine what you’re going through but I will be lifting your entire family in prayer. Sarah sounds like she was a beautiful, special, happy little girl.

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