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Ursula Maria Daghir

October 25, 1936

Obituary

Ursula Maria Martha Daghir (Sachse), a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and active member of the Chester County community, died on Thursday, December 23, 2021 in Kennett Square, PA after a long and courageous battle with COPD.  She was 85 years old.


Ursula was born October 25, 1936 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany, the first child of Herbert B. and Gerda M. Sachse (Tilitzki). At six years of age, her parents sent her to live with the family of her aunt in Neustettin, Pomerania (now Szczecinek, Poland) to shelter her from the bombing raids that shattered daily life in Berlin.  Eighteen months later, she was reunited with her family in Sagan, Silesia (now Poland). The family joined thousands of other refugees to flee the horrific bombings of Dresden and Leipzig, and spent 4 months in a makeshift refugee camp in an abandoned school in the Allied Zone of Occupation.  Ursula and her family immigrated to the United States in 1952. They settled in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, where Ursula completed her senior year of school. She continued her studies at Pennsylvania State University, graduating with degrees in chemistry and biology, and later received a certification in clinical pathology.  Ursula taught science at a high school in Florham Park, New Jersey until, after a long-distance courtship of a couple years, she married Gerald Daghir, a veteran of the Korean War and head
of the music department at Coatesville Area Senior High School. The couple raised three sons.  When their youngest entered junior high school, Ursula returned to work as a hematology technologist and instructor at Chester County Hospital until her retirement in 1990.  Ursula shared her time and talents with the Chester County community. She volunteered at Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown and Chester County Hospital, and helped with educational programs for children of migrant workers in Southern Chester County. In retirement, Ursula taught English to immigrants who were starting new lives in the United States, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels to deliver food in Chester County.  Ursula enjoyed traveling the world with her husband. Her love of alpine nature and hiking took the couple to places like Maine and Switzerland.  From her vibrant gardening and delicious cooking, to her impeccable penmanship and artisan needlepoint, Ursula put grace, empathy and sophistication into all that she did. She had a love of learning that expanded beyond her academic and professional accomplishments. From
planning her global travels to mailing newspaper clippings to her grandchildren, Ursula strove everyday to better understand the world, and to share her learnings with the people around her.  Ursula felt grateful and deeply blessed to have known a full life with love and care from her husband, children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her husband Gerald Wilfred Daghir; her sons, John N. Daghir (Laura) of Landenberg, PA, Christian S. Daghir of Lykens, PA and Mark G. Daghir (Roberta) of Havre de Grace, MD.  She also is survived by ten grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin, Sarah, Joseph and Jack Daghir, Megan and Fiona Daghir and Lucy, Sophie and Matthew Daghir.  In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by her brother Wolfgang Sachse of Ithaca, NY, her sisters Christiane Torchia (Sachse) of Center Valley, PA and Renate Sachse of Millersville, PA and four nephews and two nieces.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Meals on Wheels of Chester County https://mowcc.org/donate#03989178-0139-45b4-bf00-a19a91f36651  OR the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Foundation’s Scholarships Fund  https://store.ascp.org/donation/detail?CashProductId=72453375https://store.ascp.org/donation/detail?CashProductId=72453375

 

A private interment in Christ Church Christiana Hundred Memorial Garden will be held privately.  A public memorial service will be announced on this website once planned and confirmed by the family.

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