SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – “What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that all will be well.” Unknown

Sally entered the highway to Heaven on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

She was born on March 18, 1942 in the clinic in Salem, Ohio.

She leaves behind her brother, Jan Shears of Columbiana; two nephews, David Shears of North Lima and Steven Shears of Beaver, Pennsylvania; two nieces, Susan (John) Spadaro of Frederick, Maryland and Judith (Paul) Miller of Lisbon and five great-nieces and nephews. She also leaves a stepdaughter, Anna Maloney of Salem and her son, Thomas (Sandra) Maloney and a great-grandaughter, Neli. She also leaves the Singh Tang family, who escaped from Cambodia and came to live in the U.S. and stayed with her and her husband, Jerry.

Her parents, Harold and Martha (Holderieth) Shears and her husband, Jerry Collins, preceded her in death.

Sally was an avid Girl Scout and with seven other scouts from Salem, attended the National Girl Scout Round-Up in Colorado. During her summers at Mount Union she worked as a camp counselor at Camp Julia Crowl in West Richfield.

She was a graduate of Salem High School and Mount Union College where she earned a BS in Education and taught four years in Bedford, Ohio and finished her career in Sebring.

Jerry and Sally were both pilots and owned and operated Tri City Airport in Sebring. They often flew to Cleveland to have dinner at Captain Franks or to New Philadelphia for lunch at Perkins, or a meal at Johnstown or Atwood Sate Park. They flew to their favorite vacation spots, mostly in the southeastern states. After retirement they bought a motorhome and were able to enjoy the scenery along the way. In 1997 they built a villa at Copeland Oaks.

Sally served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Sebring.

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove- but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Forest Wetcraft

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Gednetz-Ruzek & Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service with Rev. David Parry officiating. Family and friends will be received the hour prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Inurnment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Beloit.

A live stream will be available by visiting and visiting Sally’s obituary and following the link at the bottom of the page, where you may also sign the guest register. 

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A television tribute will air Thursday, April 21 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.