Edward J. Sauer

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Edward J. Sauer. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the start of the service. Ed passed away at his home on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 at the age of 54, after a courageous battle with cancer. The Rev. John Bischoff (pastor) will preside over the memorial service. Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg is serving the family.

Ed was born on April 1, 1952 in Milwaukee, son of Edward Sauer and Elizabeth (nee Burbey) Sauer. Ed married Dee Doyle on Dec. 31, 1977 in Milwaukee.

Ed is survived by his wife Dee (nee Doyle) Sauer of Cedarburg; children Jackie Sauer of Menomonee Falls, Eddie Sauer of Whitefish Bay and Katie Sauer of Milwaukee; sister Mary (Mark) Wilke of Menomonee Falls; brother William (Joan) Sauer of Nashotah; and sister Carol (Pat) Kroon of Richmond, Va. He is further survived by many beloved relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his grandmother Esther Sittman.

Ed leaves behind the legacy of a successful manufacturing business, Merisco, Inc. of Brown Deer. Alongside his brother Bill, the startup company in 1988 has become one of the largest wet wipes manufacturers in the country, due in large part to Edís innovative skills in specialized machining and automation.

Edís greatest passion has always been his love of cars. He developed an impressive collection of corvettes, hot rods and other classics until his wife implemented the "Buy One/Sell One" clause of 2004. Edís latest project was a 1936 Ford that was to become his masterpiece hot rod. Though he wonít be able to complete the project, Edís good friends and fellow members of the Kirchhayn Cruisers Car Club were able to finish his car to a point that allowed him to hear his Hemi engine roar. It was Edís final joy before he passed, and for that his family and friends will forever be grateful.