In Memory of

John M. Sauer

June 19, 1931 - December 25, 2011
William M. Sauer, son of Milo and Mae (Caley) Sauer, was born on June 19, 1931 in Cherokee, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Cherokee, Iowa. John furthered his education by attending St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN and University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was involved in the Korean War from 1952 - 1954. On January 14, 1957, John married Mary Ann Schoening at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee, IA. To this union four children were born, Nancy, Joan, Tom and Bill. John and Mary made their home in Cherokee, IA. John was a longtime member of the Cherokee business community as owner of Sauer's Clothing, located on Main Street. John took over the business from his father, Milo. The business started as Gildner & Sauer in 1926. In their retirement years, John and Mary spent the winter months in either Arizona or Texas. John was an avid golfer, Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan. A favorite family memory is the weekend of May 1987 when John and Mary Ann, both scored Holes-in-one on consecutive days at the Cherokee Country Club. Mary scored hers on Hole #4 during their Friday evening couple's league and John scored his on Hole #8 the next day during his usual Saturday afternoon round of golf. On December 25, 2011, John passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, at Parkland Hospital in Omaha, NE at the age of 80, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. John was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Mae Sauer and his beloved wife, Mary Ann Sauer. John is survived by his children, Nancy Sauer of Minneapolis, MN; Joan (Mark) Maszk of Omaha, NE, Tom Sauer and Bill Sauer of Omaha, NE, one granddaughter, Caley Mae Maszk of Omaha, NE, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Msgr. Kenneth Seifried
Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, followed by a rosary at the funeral home.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, IA. Military services will be provided by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of Cherokee.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My goodness...I hadn't been on the website, obviously, for sometime, and mercy...this took my breath away. You all have my heartfelt thoughts in your loss. Hold fast to your memories, as we all will. I think of each of you this day.”
- Tricia Vredenburg
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To Nancy, Joan, Tom and Bill: I was so sorry to hear about John. He was such a nice man and upstanding member of the Cherokee Community. Our prayers are with you especially at this holiday time. Thinking about John sure brought up a lot of memories of hanging around the Sauer home. He seemed to always pop his head in and say something funny! My condolences to you and know he was fondly remembered .”
- Coleen Eisenmenger Vincent
Monday, January 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“May God bless your family during this difficult time. John was a very special man and was always good to my family. ”
- Susie Nadolski
Monday, January 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“ Weremember your Dad as a very kind man,always appreciative and supportive of all his customers.He always could have and good laugh...and made you want to come back to Sauers. Your Mom and Dad were great people.....certainly to be missed by many. God loves all of you.”
- ron and mary wuebben
Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.James did landscaping for John and Mary and so enjoyed visiting with them.As difficult as it is,may you remember how happy they are now together again.God's blessings.James &Karmen Hodgdon ”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Friday, December 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“oh how i remember warm and nice he was to me and my he use to buy forget me knots from my mother every year to support the vets .....i know that when we we were little and growing up....our family didnt have mother would later tell me stories .....,that how mr sauer would let her charge clothes and pay 5 to 10 dollars a week on we would have nice sunday clothes....then i grew up and joined the army....when i would come home i would always stop in the would shake my hand and give me a hug and we would talk awhile....he would talk about his military service and i would tell him where and what my military career was doing....oh that welcoming smile of his alway made me feel that i was important....that i was someone to respect.....he made me feel this way....i retired after 21 years of service and i know mr sauer would be proud of me.....that makes me smile....god bless your family thoughts and prayers have turned your way....thank you john sauer for what you did for my family and myself....which some how i know you did for other families....jill”
- jill m glouser
Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My name is Joyce Brooker Chesney, my parents Wayne and Helen Brooker always thought so highly of both John and Milo. That was always where dad wanted to shop. I remember going to the country club and seeing John and he always remembered who I was. God Bless and know he made a great impact of the hometown people. ”
- Joyce Brooker Chesney
Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Joanie,I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You and all of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Sue (Schissel) Behrens
Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My deapest sympathies to the Sauer family during this difficult time. I will always remember the kindness and mentoring John provided me when I worked for him at Sauer's Clothing. What a great guy, he will be missed.

Kind Regards,

Chad Ogren”
- Chad Ogren
Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Joan, Nancy, Bill, and Tom, My sincerest sympathy to you all. I remember your Dad as a very kind and approachable man. He always took the time to talk to me any time we had the chance. Both your Mom and Dad were very special friend to my Uncle Bruce and that meant a lot to our family. I know he will be missed.
Sincerely, Dan A. Zembsch”
- Dan A. Zembsch
Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Sauer family. Our thought and prayers are with you all. John, as well as Mary Ann, were two of the most wonderful and caring people. I will always remember how wonderful they were to my Uncle, Bruce Oentrich. Your time on Earth was very precious to many people. You will be dearly missed. God Bless you both.”
- Melinda (Zembsch) Winchell
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Dad. He was a well respected community member. Whenever I saw him he would always tell me a story about my parents or my Dad. It meant alot to me. Our thoughts are with you. Sorry, can not make the funeral.”
- Jerry & Julie Berglund
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere condolences to the family. From personal experience, I know that it is extremely difficult to loose a loved one during the holidays. God's peace be with you. ”
- David Ades
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of John's passing. I can't begin to recall all the things I remember about him. I just know they are all good. Nancy,Joanie,Tom and Bill you are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Scott Bingham
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Mary, You probably don't remember me but I went to school with
Johnny. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.”
- Shirley A. Schmillen Brickman
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father John. I can see he and your mom sitting in the screened in porch at your house on West Cedar as if it were yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! ”
- Craig Schwier
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Worked for John at Sauers Clothiing when I was in high school.”
- Sandy K. Elemond
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you in the passing of your Father. He was a great guy, and was always so friendly to people. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories that you had together, and know that he is at peace. God bless you.”
- Dana (File) Kies
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I enjoyed coffee with John for many years when we both had our stores on main street in Cherokee. We could always find something to visit about, sports, church, school, etc.”
- John Schmidt
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