Sandra "Sandy"

Sandra Jane Solaro passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Summa Akron City Hospital, surrounded by family members, RNs, and her Doctors. A celebration of her life will be held near her June 22, 2022 birthday.
Valedictorian of her Miamisburg, Ohio, 1958 high school class, Sandy was one of the few female pharmacists of her era, graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1962, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She married Tony Solaro in 1962 and they were happily married for 59 years. Sandy started her decades-long career as a Pharmacist in 1963, building up the Family Drug and LoMed Pharmacy businesses in partnership with Tony.
Sandy was a devoted wife and mother and took great pride in her family. An eternal optimist, she faced challenges in her life with gracious positivity and helped those around her do the same.
Sandy was passionate about causes benefiting children and women. Amongst her many accomplishments, she served 24 years on the Wadsworth City Schools Board of Education and was a member of Heidelberg University’s Board of Trustees. She was the Founder and sole supporter of the Wadsworth City Schools L and J Fund, funding student needs, field trips, programs, and volunteers.
Sandy cared deeply about her Wadsworth, Ohio, community and loved being involved in anything that benefited it, from fireworks to the football stadium. She served as a past member of the Board of Trustees leadership of Medina County, was a Founding Member of the Downtown Wadsworth Board of Trustees, Past President and Board Member of the Woman’s Club of Wadsworth, Medina County 1994 Citizen of the Year, Art and History Class Past President and Board Member, and was a Founding Member of the Wadsworth Performing Arts Association, which led to the renovation of OJ Work Auditorium. Sandy used ‘Sandranomics’: she believed that the more you give, the more you get back.
Gardening was one of Sandy’s passions. She was especially proud of her outdoor roses and indoor orchids. She had plants dating back to 1965 and was a President and Board Member of the Bud and Bloom Garden Club.
She also loved putting energy into her home. She successfully made it pretty much perfect to her liking and loved entertaining lifelong friends from Training Table there. Her favorite time of year was Christmas when she got to intricately decorate the entire house.
A special thanks to her caregiver, Vasha Miller at First Light, and also to Chris Price. Additional thanks to the many Summa physicians, nurses, and healthcare staff who have helped her from 2016 to the present. You are the heroes of healthcare.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Doris Reed. She was an only child.
She is survived by her husband Tony, daughter Lori and son-in-law Andrew, son John and daughter-in-law Mackenzie, granddaughter Lucy, cousin Rita Kaye, brother-in-law John and his wife Kathy Solaro, niece and nephew Betsy and Chris Solaro.
She will be missed by everyone who knew her.