Lavina Martena Sauer

Lavina Martena Sauer, age 89 of Howard Lake, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Center, Howard Lake, where she had been a resident since Nov. 9, 1997.

A family service was conducted by the Rev. Joel Swedberg at the care center with Lavina's family from Howard Lake: Donna and husband, Kenny Christiansen; grandson, Robby and wife, Theresa, and great-grandchildren, Miranda and Donovan; and grandson, Gene and wife, Pam, and great-grandchildren, Trevor and Austin.

A memorial service will follow Sunday, June 25, 2 p.m., at the Calvery Presbyterian Church, Ryder, N.D., with the Rev. Jonathan Stark officiating.

Lavina was born Feb. 6, 1911, to Martin Andrew and Bertina Serena (Petersen) Peterson in Washburn, N.D. She helped raise her youngest sister, Leona, and brother, Floyd, after her parents died ­ her dad in 1927, and her mom in 1929.

Lavina lived on a farm, ran a country store, and worked in a bakery.

On Oct. 17, 1944, she married Carl Arndt Sauer. They farmed until moving to Kenmore, N.D. in 1957, where they bought part ownership in the International Harvester dealership, "Es Ca Del."

Lavina worked at the Coast-to-Coast store; then, in 1960, was a partner in building a bowling alley with a restaurant, offices, and apartments. She ran the restaurant for five years.

She and Carl raised her twin niece and nephew, Donna and Donovan, after her brother Leonard's wife, Agnes, died when the children were 13. Donna feels very blessed to have had two moms, as she considers Lavina to have been a real "Mom" to her.

In 1974, Carl and Lavina retired to Minot, N.D.

Lavina loved helping others, gardening, sewing, bowling, bingo, and traveling.

Survivors include her sisters, Lucille Wood of Bismarck, N.D.; Laura Erb of Minot, N.D.; Luverna White and husband, Ira, of Warren, Minn.; and Leona Zahnow and husband, Ray, of Max, N.D.; sisters-in-law, Mildred Peterson, Gladys Peterson, and Jeanice Officer, all of Minot, N.D.; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Lavina was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl; nephew, Donovan; brothers, Lial, Leslie, Leighton, Leonard, Loraine, Lynn, Leroy, and Lloyd; sisters, Lillian Romsas, Lydia Peterson, Lenora Eidahl; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and other nieces and nephews.

Back to Current Obituary List | Obituary Archive Menu

Howard Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal
Stories | Columns | Classifieds | Obituaries
Community Guides | Special Topics | Cool Stuff | Search | Home Page