Sara A. Falkenstein, 76
May 24, 1939 ó Jan. 14, 2016

Sara A. Falkenstein (nee Chesmore), 76, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Cedar Lake Community in West Bend.

She was born May 24, 1939, in Horicon to Eunice (nee Holland) Chesmore. Sara was united in marriage to Gerald Falkenstein on June 3, 1961, at Zion Lutheran Church in Horicon.

Sara graduated from Horicon High School in 1957. She received her diploma from Dodge County Teachers College in 1959. She received her B.S. in lower elementary education from Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh in 1964. Sara taught school in Lannon, Erin and Hartford. Following retirement, she occasionally tutored elementary students. She was a city alderwoman in Hartford from 1986-1995. She served as the aldermanic liaison to the Hartford Public Library Board from 1991-95. Sara served as the President of the Mid-Moraine Municipal Association. Sara also served as the organist in many area churches, and gave piano lessons to many students. She directed church choirs and also the Senior Friends Choir. She was on the founding board of the Schauer Arts and Activities Center, serving as the secretary of the board. Before having a debilitating stroke, she ushered at the Schauer Center.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jerry; her children, Margaret (Leo III) Hoag and Chris Falkenstein; her grandchildren, Jonathan (Elizabeth) and Brandon Lindberg; step-grandchildren, Rachel and Timothy Hoag; her sister, Jenny Lee Lang; and siblings-in-law, Carolyn (Ned) Lepien and Eugene (Jane) Falkenstein. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sara is preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law, Harvey and Renora Falkenstein.

Funeral services for Sara will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Shimon Funeral Home (824 Union St., Hartford) with the Rev. Daniel Babinec officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Huilsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Schauer Arts Center or St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Woodland would be appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at