Sarbjit Kaur Saran

Sarbjit Kaur Saran

DELMAR — Sarbjit Kaur Saran — “a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and mentor to many,” her family wrote in a tribute — died on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. She was 58.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1962, in Nawanshahr, India.

“Sarbjit’s life was defined by her faith in God, caring for and serving others, unparalleled work ethic, and unwavering love and devotion to her children,” the tribute said. “She immigrated to the United States in 1984 with her family from India to embark on a remarkable journey, both personally and professionally.”

She received her master’s degree in English at University Ludhiana in India and was a graduate of The College of Saint Rose. “She went on to serve in a long, successful, and loyal career in the information technology group for the state of New York’s Office of General Services, achieving the level of assistant director, reporting directly to the information technology directorship,” the tribute said. “While her professional accomplishments were many, her true passion was her family and her faith.

“Best described by her family as a bright ray of sunshine, there were few times she was not smiling and lifting others to feel the same joy as her. She only saw the best in everyone. She truly lived a life for others and received true joy from her sewa (service) as an active and loved member of her Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and numerous mission trips to serve the underserved in various parts of India.

“In true Sarbjit fashion, these trips excluded your typical leisure activities as her nature was always to give, not to receive. Faith, optimism, peace, and happiness are the best words to describe Sarbjit. Sarbjit was a great gift to many.”


Sarbjit Kaur Saran is survived by her children, Dilpreet and Manpreet Saran; her mother, Sukhraj Singh; her sisters, Ranjit Gill and Baljit Khalsa (Devinder Khalsa); her brother, Sukhjit Dhinsa (Navjot Dhinsa); her nieces, Jaskiran Dhinsa and Jasmit Khalsa; and her nephews, Jadvinder Khalsa, Simrit Dhinsa, Jasrai Gill (Rameet Gill), and Umrai Gill (Meghan Gill).

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Gardner Earl and Chapel Crematory in Troy. 

Memorial messages may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to her GoFundMe page to learn and contribute to causes in her honor at


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