Arthur H. Sauer

Arthur H. Sauer, 83, of Thorp, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at St. Josephís Hospital in Marshfield.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp. The Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiated and burial followed in St. Bernardís Catholic Cemetery with Arthurís grandsons serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 17, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Thorp Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. Rosary. Visitation was also held on Monday, May 18, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Arthur Hubert Sauer was born in Barton on Nov. 23, 1925, to Michael and Gertrude (nee Van Beek) Sauer. He was united in marriage to Annabelle Hefter on Oct. 9, 1948, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno. The couple first farmed on their homestead in the town of Barton for seven years. Since farming was Arthurís passion, they relocated to Fillmore, where they progressed with larger acreage from 1955 to 1965. Ultimately, Arthur and Annabelle and their six children moved to Thorp in 1966 to farm over 1,000 acres until retiring in 1996.

After retiring, Arthur enjoyed escorting oversized truck loads along with his son, and creating all forms of wood and metal crafts. He took great pride in any task and perfected it to amazement. Arthur and Annabelle enjoyed many scenic trips and playing cards with family and friends.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Annabelle of Thorp; three daughters, Carol (Dennis) Hedler of Wasilla, Alaska, Patricia Raven of Hayward and Elaine (Frank) Horn of Thorp; two sons, Michael Sauer of Thorp and Jeff (April) Sauer of Thorp; one son-in-law, LaVern Steward of Eau Claire; 22 grandchildren, Jill, Eric, Sara, Angela, Julie, Lisa, David, Niel, Steven, Heidi, Marcus, Cassandra, Nicole, Jessica, Scott, Melissa, Stephen, Stefany, Karlyle, Melani, Luke and Mikal; five great-grandchildren, Hannah, Dalton, Murray, Joseph and Everett; one sister, Agnes Gundrum; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Darlene Sauer in 2008; one sister, Dorothy Beck and her husband, Carl; and one brother-in-law, Matt Gundrum.

Online condolences may be expressed at Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.