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Irene Sauter, age 91 passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday July 14th, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 19th, 1926 to Zeno and Ida (Jost) Lesmeister in Morris, Minnesota. She was raised on a farm near Morris and attended St Mary’s school and graduated in 1944.
She worked at J.C. Penny Co. until her marriage to Ben Sauter on January 16, 1945. They purchased a farm south of Alberta, Minnesota and farmed there until 1959 when Ben was told by his Doctor he had to quit farming due to his health. They decided to go into Real Estate with United Farm Agency. They had a choice of four cities and after visiting Pine City decided to locate there. They purchased the old Rybak home and lived there until 1969 at which time they built their home on the Snake River. They sold real estate until 1989. Her favorite past-time was bowling and bowled woman’s league and mixed doubles. She won many awards and trophies. After retirement they bought a motor home and traveled around many states. They spent about 20 winters in Yuma Arizona. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and was active in the council of Catholic Woman.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ben, Son in Law Jim Doran, grandson Zeno Sauter, seven brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by six children, Jane Doran, Tom (Sue) Sauter, Ed (Shelly) Sauter, Bill (Jacqui) Sauter, Sue (Wally) Smetana, Mary (Dave) Spinler, sisters Helen Staples, Dorothy Aschman, Joan Hanrahan, sister in law Jean Lesmeister, brother in law Bob Buhl, 22 grand children 42 ¾ great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Irene: 10:17 AM; Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned for Wednesday (7/18/18) from 5-7 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City and also one hour prior to the Mass at the church. The interment will take place in Hilltop Cemetery, Pine City.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
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