Sue Koehler Sauer
HICKORY, NC: Sue Emily Koehler Sauer, 74, died peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 8 days short of her 75th birthday.
She was born March 28, 1938, to Paul and Jane Herrold Koehler in Elkhart, IN. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1956, where she was particularly active playing violin in the high school orchestra and winning a number of medals for regional and state violin competitions, and North Central College, Naperville, IL, in 1960 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. At North Central, she was active in elementary education groups, sang alto in the College Choir, and did practice teaching in the Naperville, City, schools. She was married June 19, 1960, to Robert J. Sauer, in the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Elkhart.
She is survived by her husband, Robert, of Hickory, a son, Carl F., his wife Dr. Nancy Toy and three grandchildren, William, Trilby, and Sophie, all of Hickory. Also surviving are two sisters, Sara Koehler Masse and husband Richard of Portage, MI, son Jeffrey, wife Shelly and son Jason; and son Joshua and wife Christine; Martha Koehler Breunig Manthey and husband Michael of Chandler AZ, son Nicholas, wife Diana and sons Cole and Logan; daughter Dr. Lydia Breunig, husband Brian Stark and daughters Maja and Clarabelle. Nephew Kevin Masse pre-deceased her, but Sue is survived by his wife Missy and her son Ethan and daughter Kayla. She is also survived by brother and sister-in-law Daniel and Sandra Sauer Driggett and nieces Deborah Driggett Serino and Jacqueline Driggett Gron, and her daughters Valerie and Jennifer and son Michael Hartley.
Following her college graduation, Sue taught school in Tolono, IL, to three elementary grades in one room (3rd, 4th and 5th) and 8th grade girls' physical education. She moved with her husband and son from Urbana, IL, to Eugene, OR, Wilmington, DE, and Granville, OH, in subsequent years. She served as a substitute elementary teacher in Delaware, was a trained Cub Scout leader and den mother, and was an active member of the Skyline United Methodist Church, singing alto in the choir. While in Granville and with additional course work from the Ohio State University
, she became a special education tutor, serving for 19 years in the Granville elementary schools. She was pleased that two of her tutored students eventually graduated from college and one of them was recently working with a scientific expedition to Antarctica searching for meteorites.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Granville for 35 years, where she was elected Elder and served two terms as Clerk of Session. She was active in the Chloe Wells Circle of Presbyterian Women, sang alto and, later on, tenor in the Chancel Choir and was an active participant in the Quilt Group. She was also active in the Granville Garden Club, where she served as Treasurer for two years, was active in promoting and setting up the Club's annual Daffodil Show and worked in the downtown beautification project of the Club. She took special pleasure in raising a number of less well known daffodil specimens for special display at the Club show.
Sue and her husband moved to the Abingdon Glen Village town home community of Hickory in June, 2006. She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, a member of Circle #7 of Presbyterian Women and active in the Silver Threads sewing group of Abingdon Glen. Additional interests over the years included gardening and raising house plants, contributing to a 50 year round robin letter with special classmates from North Central College, collecting Victorian era pattern glassware, and collecting vintage jelly glasses.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, the Rev. Whit Malone and the Rev. Lynn Webber officiated. A reception followed at Abingdon Glen Clubhouse, 501 26th Ave., NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Interment will be in the Columbarium of First Presbyterian Church of Hickory.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her honor to one or more of the following organizations: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC, 28658; First Presbyterian Church of either Hickory, NC, or Granville, OH; or North Central College, Class of 1960 Fund, 30 N. Brainerd St., Naperville, IL, 60540.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Sue Emily Koehler Sauer and condolences may be left at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com