Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Description: Charlotte Dorothea Strassburger Sauer Passes AwayDate: January 13 1923
Newspaper published in: Minonk
Prominent Resident of This Vicinity Succumbs to Stroke of Paralysis
Passes Away at Home Near Dana
Mrs George Sauer of Dana, a resident of this vicinity for two score years, died on Saturday morning at her home near Dana. Although her health had been impaired for the past two years and just a few weeks ago she suffered minor injuries as the result of a fall, her condition was by no means considered alarming. In fact, on Friday evening she apparently was in the best of health, when that same night she suffered a stroke of paralysis and sank into unconsciousness, which terminated in her death the next morning at 4 o'clock. She had attained the age of 62 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Funeral services were held at the late home on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock and at St Paul's Evangelical church in Minonk at 12:30 p.m. conducted by Rev Paul Buchmueller, who spoke inspiringly from the text, Psalms 73:20, "I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." Burial was made at the Minonk cemetery.
Charlotte Dorothea Sauer, nee Strassburger, the daughter of the deceased Carl and Dorothea Strassburger, was born at Berleburg, West Pahlia, Germany, March 21, 1858. In her infancy she was brought to the Lord in the sacrament of baptism and received her schooling, and religious training, in the pious home and the schools of Berleburg. After having received her instruction in the Christian faith, she was admitted into the communion of the Evangelical church May 12, 1872, in the sacred rites of confirmation.
In 1880, she had an opportunity to come to America and then made the long journey in company of a friend. Arriving here she made her home at Ottawa, and part of the time here at Minonk..On Oct. 9, 1885, she united in marriage with George Sauer. The young couple [next few words illegible] on a farm one and one-half miles west of Dana and there she spent her long and useful life until her end. This happy union was blessed with three children, Lillie, Rose and Minnie, the last named, Mrs Minnie Helen Strawn of Dana, being called to precede her in death, Sept. 10, 1914. Just three years previous to this, Sept. 15, 1911, the death of Mr Sauer occurred, casting the deep shadow of sorrow upon the happy family circle. Sorrow and sadness was her frequesnt lot. Three step-sons, Rudolph, Christian and Henry Sauer also preceded her in death and only in the late past her sister, Mrs Minnie Smith, was called to her eternal rest. In all her affliction her faith in her Lord was a comfort, maintaining her in all tribulations, which she bore with true Christian fortitude.
Mrs Sauer was of a quiet disposition, with those qualifications of sincerity and kind heartedness which nurtured true and real friendships, and as a result she was held in high esteem by all whom knew her. In the home she proved herself ever the dear loving mother, always thoughtful of the welfare of her dear ones and always intent on making someone happy. It is especially in the family circle where she will be most sadly missed. Faithful in her obligations to her church, she applied herself to the task of living a life of piety and truth.
Her sudden death is deeply mourned by the daughters, Lilly, Dorothea Crawford and Rose Charlotte Hakes; the stepsons, William D. Sauer of Des Moines, Ia., George Sauer of Rutland and the stepdaughters, Louise Monk of Flanagan, Elizabeth Holland of Peoria and Maria Mingers of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Marie Tharringhausen [?] of Ohio; two brothers, Christian Strassburger of Minonk and August Strassburger of Arnsberg, Germany, and three grandchildren, Helen and Ernest Crawford and Edyth Hakes, as also by a host of friends.