Arthur H. Sauer

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

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at St. Ber-nard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp. The Rev. Keith Apfelbeck will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Catholic Ceme-tery with Arthur’s grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Thorp Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. Rosary.

Visitation will also be held on Monday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Arthur Hubert Sauer was born in Barton on Nov. 23, 1925, to Michael and Ger-trude (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 the homestead in the town of barton for seven years. Since farming was Arthur’s passion, they relocated to Fill-more 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 perfecting it to an amazing de-gree.

Arthur and Anna-belle enjoyed many scenic trips and playing cards with family and friends.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Annebelle 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 Stewart of Eau Claire; 22 grandchildren, Jill, Eric, Sara, Angela, Julie, Lisa, David, Neil, Steven, Heidi, Marcus, Cassandra, Nicole, Jessica, Scott, Me-lissa, Stephen, Stefani, Kar-lyle, Melani, Luke and Mikal; five great-grandchildren, Hannah, Dalton, Murray, Joseph and Everett.

Arthur also will be sadly missed by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, neph-ews 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 www.cuddiefh .com.

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.