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Sara Whitten ENGELBERT

Age 80 ~ Of Mendota Heights Died on November 16, 2012 Loving wife, mother and friend, happy spirit and generous benefactor. Passed away peacefully and unexpectedly from congestive heart failure. Born in South Minneapolis, her parents were Harold and Eunice Whitten. She grew up with her sister Marilyn, brothers Tom and Dick, and then sister Audrey. She attended Washburn High in Minneapolis and Rollins College in Florida. The Whitten family compound, Whitten's Acre on Gull Lake has been a site of family connection and enjoyment since 1920. Sara married Gene Engelbert in 1954; they have 4 children, Linda, Teri, Laura and Eric. Their family life was lived out in homes in St. Paul, Edina, North Oaks and Mendota Heights. Gene retired as the fifth generation leader in a family business, St. Paul Book and Stationery, and Sara was a great supporter of this family tradition. Over the last 5 decades, winters in Arizona have been a wonderful part of Sara's life. From friendships to an advanced appreciation of southwestern art and culture to hosting snowbirds and grandchildren, sharing life in the desert sunshine with Gene was a long time source of happiness. Sara served as a travel agent with Sunbird Travel and thoroughly enjoyed both the work and her colleagues. She put her expertise in travel to great use in leading three generations of her family on a number of wonderful trips to destinations ranging from Nantucket to Alaska. The light cast by her joyful spirit will never extinguish and will continue to illuminate the lives of her grateful survivors. Her husband Gene, sister Marilyn Johannsen (Don), daughters Linda Lane (Joe), Teri Mahar (Charlie), and Laura Beal (Eric), son Eric, and stepdaughters Kathie Weigel (Skip) of San Diego and Diane Gunson of Denver. Grandchildren; Christo Lane and Donchi Lane Estrada (Oscar and daughter Scarlet Rose), Meghan, Winston, Anna and Sandy Mahar, Josh Beal and Whitney Beal Afong (Chaz and children Toka and Tehani), Erica Engelbert, and Tracie Weigel Fossum and her family. And also beloved nieces, nephews, friends and family, too important to go unnamed but too numerous to list. A Private Memorial Service will be held for the extended family, Wednesday, November 21st, 11 am, in the Chapel at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Ave., St. Paul), followed by a 12 p.m. reception open to all, which will be held in the Church's Kirk Parlor. Memorials preferred (no flowers please) to the Sara W. Engelbert Memorial of the Ordway Theater Foundation, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, 651-224-4222. Arr. Willwerscheid Funeral and Cremation 651-228-1006


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Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012
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