Naber, Sarah Joan
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Sarah Joan Naber passed away on Sunday, September 1st. She was born on June 15, 1936, to Carl Roy and Inez Axell in Chicago, where she grew up. Sarah enjoyed summers at the beach, family trips to Michigan and Wisconsin, and graduated from Miles Township High School, in Skokie. Sarah then pursued an education in nursing, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She went on to earn a Master's degree and PhD in Nursing Midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC). As a nurse midwife, she worked in the area of labor and delivery, later serving in management as well as teaching childbirth to medical students in various locations, including Traverse City, MI, Seattle, WA, and in the Chicago area and also published numerous scholarly articles.
In 1992, Sarah retired and moved to Sister Bay, where she shared a home with her sister Helen and enjoyed an active retirement including activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. She was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), where she served as President from 2001 - 2003 and on various committees. She volunteered at the Clearing bookstore and with the Land Trust, was an avid cook, crocheted and painted with watercolor, and enjoyed classical music. Sarah took courses at Björklunden and The Clearing and enjoyed book group, mahjong, etc. at her Fellowship. Her many travels took her to her family's homeland of Sweden as well as various European destinations, with France and Germany as favorites.
Sarah is survived by her sister, Helen Taylor of Sister Bay; niece, Lisa Dimberg of Evanston, IL; nephews David Taylor and Mark Taylor of Beaumont, TX; niece Caroline Garner of Nacogdoches, TX; cousins, John Sterling of Ashville, NC; Matt Sterling of Kansas City, MO; and Robert Sterling of Tempe, AZ; and her special feline friend, Stephan. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Door County or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. A Memorial Service is planned for Friday, September 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Highway 42, Ephraim.
Published in Door County Advocate on Sept. 4, 2013