Marian L. Saunders, 84

Marian L. Saunders, age 84, of Waconia, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the Lighthouse in Waconia.

She was born March 31, 1930, in Delano, the daughter of William and Dora (Schilling) Lenz. Marian was baptized May 11, 1930, and confirmed April 18, 1943, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Karl Rudolph.

Marian graduated from Watertown High School with the class of 1947.

She was united in marraige to Keith Saunders in Long Beach, CA, Dec. 1, 1954.

Marian and Keith were members of Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI from 1964-2002.

Marian enjoyed her winters in Arizona, taking a break from the cold, from 1990-2000. Upon moving to Waconia, Marian joined Trinity Lutheran Church, where she became involved in Seniors for Christ, Bible study, helping to organize the bulletin, and painting at the school and church.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; brothers Lester and Loren Lenz; and sister Ardis Burandt.

She is survived by her loving family; son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Lauren Saunders of College Station, TX; daughter and son-in-law Keryl and Rick Taylor of Eugene, OR; grandchildren Cable Saunders and Jax Saunders; brother William Lenz of Watertown; brother-in-law Merlin Burandt of Waconia; nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.

A memorial service took place Wednesday Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Robert Alsleben officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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