Marilyn Sauerbrei

Marilyn A. Sauerbrei, 78, of Sumner, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Tracy Hinkel officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 15th, at the St. John Lutheran Parish Hall and for one hour preceding the service at the church on Thursday. The family suggests that memorials be made in Marilyn’s name to the Hillcrest Home or St. John Lutheran Church, both in Sumner. 

Marilyn Ann, daughter of Ervin and Marena (Kappmeyer) Petersen was born October 26, 1939, at the family’s home in Ionia. She was confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn and graduated from Readlyn High School in 1958. On July 26, 1959, Marilyn was united in marriage with Wayne Sauerbrei at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. To this union three children were born, Michelle, Mitchell, and Suanne. The couple lived in the Readlyn area prior to purchasing a farm near Fairbank in 1964, and remained there until moving to Sumner in 1991. In addition to being a mother, Marilyn assisted Wayne on the farm for many years. Marilyn worked at Oran Hardware from 1980-1984, First National Bank in Oran, Oelwein, and Westgate from 1984-1991, and First State Bank in Sumner, where she retired from on December 31, 2001. Marilyn was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Oran, where she was involved in the Women’s Group, and St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, where she was very active in the Church Choir. She also served on the Hillcrest Board for several years. Marilyn enjoyed golfing, fishing, crafts, quilting, traveling throughout the United States, but most especially enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren’s activities.

In addition to her husband, Wayne of Sumner, and three children, Michelle (Martin) Hendren of Persia, Iowa, Mitch (Jean) Sauerbrei of Fairbank, and Suanne (Todd) Westpfahl of Sumner, Marilyn is survived by six grandchildren, Lindsey Sauerbrei of Blairstown, Brandon Westpfahl of Des Moines, Trista (Andrew) Pattison of Altoona, John Sauerbrei of Sumner, Anna Sauerbrei of Fairbank, and Katie Sauerbrei of Fairbank; two great-grandchildren, Cooper Sauerbrei and Sloan Pattison; one sister, Marlys (Roger) Deterding of Readlyn; one sister-in-law, Tricia Petersen of Clarksville; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marena who died in 1990, father, Ervin, who died in 2007; and two brothers, Robert who died in 1970 and Roger who died in 2016.


Eugene and Jan Matthias on August 15, 2018 at 7:41 AM said:

To Wayne and family - Our heartfelt sympathy at your great loss. May God's love comfort you and give you peace.
Michele Meier on August 14, 2018 at 9:36 PM said:

My sympathies to the family. I have fond memories of Marilyn. May you find comfort among your memories and the love of family and friends
In prayer,
Michele Meier
Kayla Pearson on August 14, 2018 at 10:13 AM said:

To the Family and Friends of Marilyn I am so sorry for your loss. She seemed like a very hard-working woman, who enjoyed many hobbies, who loved God and her family dearly. Losing a loved one can leave us feeling robbed which is why God calls death an enemy that God will soon do away with (1Corinthians 15:26). He yearns to awaken all who are currently sleeping in death(Job 14:14,15, John 11:11). He also promises that there will be a resurrection on the last day and you can be reunited with Marilyn again right here on earth(Acts 24:15, John 6:44, Psalms 37:29). May this hope and the God of All Comfort help you cope through this difficult time.
Peter and Leslie Sauerbrei on August 13, 2018 at 12:02 PM said:

We're very sorry for your loss. May her memory be for a blessing.
Terace (Westpfahl) Etgeton on August 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM said:

Many good memories of Marilyn! So sorry for your loss! Prayers to you Wayne, Michelle, Mitch, Sue and ALL the family. ????????
Judy Zupke on August 12, 2018 at 4:37 PM said:

Wayne, Michelle, Mitch, Suanne, and families you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time, I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has just gained another angel!
Sean and jessi opitz and family on August 12, 2018 at 1:58 PM said:

Our condolences to the family
Val on August 12, 2018 at 12:56 PM said:

You will be missed by all.
Danny Sickles on August 12, 2018 at 12:29 PM said:

Aunt Marilyn, you were loved and will be missed. Love to Uncle Wayne, Suzie and Todd, Trista, Brandon and all the family!
Carolyn Hartmann Sauerbrei on August 12, 2018 at 12:21 PM said:

Marilyn was a dear sister-in-law to me.

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