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Jean U. Sauter

JACKSONVILLE, FL: Jean Upham Sauter, 92, of Jacksonville, FL, and Mansfield, OH, passed away November 14, 2014, in Jacksonville, FL.

Mrs. Sauter practiced law with her husband, George, before devoting herself to raising their children. She was an active member of the community, serving in leadership positions in both the non-profit and for profit sectors, as well as The First Congregational Church.

Mrs. Sauter was born in Mt. Vernon, OH on August 21, 1922 to James A. Upham and Mabelle Grier Upham. She was graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in American Studies and from Case Western University with a J.D.

In the 1970's, Mrs. Sauter was appointed as Referee of the Richland County Small Claims Court, the first female to hold a magisterial position in the county. An involved member of The First Congregational Church, Mrs. Sauter was the first woman moderator to lead the church; she also enjoyed her time teaching Sunday School to high school students. Among her many community activities, Mrs. Sauter most cherished her time as a member of the Board of Trustees of Ashland University and Chair of the Investment Committee; as a member of the Board of Directors of Sprint, Ohio; and as a founding Director of the Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing.

While Mrs. Sauter greatly enjoyed playing bridge and acting in and directing plays, her favorite activities involved her family, including attending her sons' many sporting events, an activity that extended to her grandchildren as she was able in later years. Additionally, she was an enthusiastic and active member of two study clubs.

Mrs. Sauter is survived by her daughter, Peggy L. Sauter of Asheville, NC; her son, George U. (Gus) Sauter (Karen) of Malvern, PA, her son, James V. Sauter (Kristi) of Woodridge, IL; her grandson, Trace U. Sauter of Charlotte, NC; her granddaughter, Sidney G. Sauter and her grandson, Spencer J. Sauter of Woodridge, IL; her step-granddaughter Nicole Shafer Potts (Aaron) and her step-great-granddaughter, Hannah Lee Potts of Carmel, IN; her nephew, James U. Clarke of West Palm Beach, FL; her niece, Julienne C. Douglas (John) (daughters Devon and Kerry) of Vero Beach, FL and Stowe, VT; her niece, Jean G. Clarke of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; and her nephew, John G. Clarke (daughters Christina and Ingrid) of West Palm Beach, FL.

A memorial service is planned for December 10th at Hardage-Giddens Beaches Chapel in Jacksonville Beach, FL. A future service will be held at The First Congregational Church in Mansfield in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The First Congregational Church or to the charity of one's choice.

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Published in News Journal on Dec. 7, 2014.
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December 10, 2014
Jim - I had no idea how much your mother was up to. She sounds like an amazing woman. I know you recently lost your father, too, so hope you are able to grieve and heal as you need.
Kim Kaplan
December 10, 2014
Sorry for your loss Jim and family. It's always a tough one... prayers to you and yours!
Laura Demoise Kieser
December 10, 2014
Peggy, Gus and Jim,
So sorry to hear of your mother passing. I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood. She was such a kind,caring person with a warm smile for everyone. I remember her as a close friend of my parents especially my mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Susan Finefrock
December 9, 2014
Peggy, Gus and Jim,
It was with regret that I read of your Mom's passing.
I do recall the great pride she had in each of you, and the support she offered in your various school and sports activities.
May her love and kindnesses to each of you be soothing as you adjust to your loss of a great Mom.
Allow the comfort of His arms to embrace you.
Larry Lewis
December 9, 2014
Aunt Jean& Uncle George are very special people that will never be forgotten,always had time to talk and interested in the younger generation,always smiling and great sense of humor,sadly missed.Bill
December 9, 2014
Peggy, Gus and Jim, I am thinking of our parents being neighbors again! Makes me smile. Miss them all. Our sincerest sympathy. Susan and Marc
Susan Martter
December 9, 2014
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She certainly put up a good fight for a long time. She will always remain in your hearts.
Cathy and Gary Bethel
December 8, 2014
Such a warm and gracious lady. I always enjoyed our chance encounters, which provided opportunities to share news about our families. Sending condolences and prayers to her family.
Donna King Herr
December 7, 2014
Gus, sorry to read about your Mothers passing. It seems she lived a happy, full life. I remember her from when we were young, she had a smile for everyone. Cindy Callen-Lynch
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