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Duernberger, Sally Sue (Besedick)

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April 29, 1940 - November 9, 2019

Duernberger, Sally Sue (Besedick)

Sally lived a life of smiles. Wherever she went, leaving a new smile behind.

Her faith in the Lord, her children and very large extended family carried her through good times and bad.

She spent her life caring for others leaving her own concerns behind, while always looking out for those many people she held so dear. Friends, family, and strangers, all felt the warmth of Sally’s embrace.

Her love for her late husband Bud held her in her final days and hours, knowing she would be united with him again.

Her joys were her children, godchildren, friends, St. Luke’s church, her home filled with Laura Ashley interiors and teddy bears, her garden, and Dallas Stars hockey.

She gave all of her heart to so many until she had no more to give and the Lord called her home to be with him in eternal peace.

She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband Capt. Bud Duernberger, step-son Don Duernberger, foster son Kevin Linscott, and parents Emil and Helen Besedick.

Carrying on her legacy are son Kevin Paul and daughter in-law Melanie Lunsford, Denver, Co., son Christopher Paul, Dallas, TX., adopted son-in law and daughter Scott and Julie Macduff, godchildren Jared and

Carolyn Macduff, Dallas, TX., brother and sister-in law Michael and Beverly Besedick, niece Kelly Besedick, nephew Blaine Besedick, Albuquerque, NM.

Memorial service arrangements are pending, to take place at St. Luke’s in Dallas.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5923 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230.

May her memory be eternal! I love you Mom.



Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Erin Pielak (Dick)

December 12, 2019 1:52PM

I have so many fond memories of Sally throughout my childhood in Dallas. She was a long time friend and co worker of my mother Emily Dick. I grew up calling her Aunt Sally and have countless memories of her. She added extra civility and grace to me in formative years. She knew how to keep a beautiful home and conduct herself with formality and etiquette whilst being able to laugh and have a good time. Every year she would take me to Nordstrom to get me a new pair of shoes (she was a lover of shoes) and my first pair of Dr. Martens, my first 3 pairs, in fact, came courtesy of Sally. One pair I still wear to this day. She taught me how to prepare food, to entertain, to garden flowers and vegetables and to be a lady in many ways. Although today I have a few rough edges, many of the things I learned from her are what makes me able to conduct myself with poise to this day. I remember she and Bud returning from travels to England with the obligatory bottle of Stroh Rum for my parents and making clove oranges during Christmas for scented decorations. She never had to be all that she was for me and to me. As a child you just accept what is around you and who. In my older age I realize she went so above and beyond, treating me as if I were hers, in some way. A child, a neice, a member of a tribe. She spoke to me, not as a child but as a person, and always treated me with love, kindness and respect. She also encouraged me to keep "believeing" in Santa even as I got older and a theme of gifts was often "Just believe". Perhaps what she was telling me was a greater lesson than that. Santa is only arepresentation of a larger idea. Believe in magic, believe in something bigger than yourself, believe in others. Believe that good things happen and that justice, good and right prevail in the end. Although it is so sad she isn't still with us physically her legacy lives on in the lives of all those who knew and loved her. All of my love and condolences to her family, her children and friends. She will be sorely missed and forever loved.


Jenifer Bowers-Charette

November 20, 2019 5:26PM

So very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful lady.. A beautiful person. I have many happy and special memories of her from my youth and visits to the Big D. She and her Capt were 2 of my parents oldest and dearest friends.Rest in peace Ant Sally, I'll always think of you with a smile❤

Chris Paul

November 15, 2019 5:12PM

The memorial service for my Mother Sally will be held Sunday November 24th, 3 PM, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church 5923 Roayl Ln. Dallas, TX. 75230

I love you Mom.

Janet Howe

November 13, 2019 12:07PM

Sally was the most compassionate, caring of friends. She always made holidays so special for those of us who no longer had families to join for celebrations. She remembered all special dates in our lives and reached out to make sure we were remembered. Sally had a huge heart, so many artistic and homemaking talents. She was a great mother and an always-caring friend. How greatly she will be missed from this Earth and so welcomed in Heaven.


November 13, 2019 10:49AM

I loved having Sally as my backdoor neighbor because we saw each other almost daily in our driveways or when she was in her beloved garden - which was often. She was such a force that it is hard for me to believe she is gone from this earth. I'm glad we shared time while our lives overlapped. I'll lift a cuppa tea and toast her memory!

Julie Macduff

November 10, 2019 7:51PM

She was a blessing to me and my family.

Jackie Doss

November 10, 2019 6:21PM

Sally was one my favorite neighbors... ever. She was warm and inviting, always with a smile. She happily welcomed people into her life, and it was a great joy to know her. I will forever take credit for inviting her to St. Luke's, where she became a much more active member than I ever was. She loved her church home and they loved her, and for that I am thankful.

Linda Cox

November 10, 2019 6:05PM

I am very saddened to learn of Sally’s death. I am a friend from St. Luke’s and St. Claire’s Guild. She was a special member of our group, and we will miss Sally very much.

Suzi Eberhard

November 10, 2019 4:44PM

Sally was always welcoming. Even at her meticulously planned and decorated holiday dinners, people were welcome to be themselves. Nothing was forced. She was very much a mother figure, a good and faithful servant of her church, and a lady most certainly, but she also loved yelling at hockey and gritty murder mysteries. She was a writer and a gardener, expressing herself through her words and cultivating her quiet plants. She loved England and Europe and traveled all over with her family thanks to her pilot husband, who we knew as Captain, but she was also a homebody who had an extensive knowledge of interior decor and enjoyed using it to make her home just so. Sally was a character and a woman of character. She will be dearly missed.

DonaLeigh Engstrom

November 10, 2019 4:35PM

Sally lived a wonderful life, full of friends and loved ones and smiles! She had such a gift of making everyone feel welcome! I was blessed to know the woman many of us affectionately called Aunt Sally and I know you are safe in God's arms and back with Captain again.

We love you and we'll miss you 'Aunt' Sally.