Dorothy M. Sawyer, 86
Aug. 20, 1930
Jan. 30, 2017

Dorothy M. Sawyer, 86Dorothy M. Sawyer, 86, of West Bend, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, was called home Monday evening, Jan. 30, 2017, at Samaritan Health Center in West Bend with family at her side.

She was born Dorothy Marie Gauger on Aug. 20, 1930, in Fish Creek to William and Elizabeth (Ahrens) Gauger. Dorothy graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1948. On May 31, 1952, she married Norbert Oscar Sawyer at Zion Methodist Church in Fish Creek. They moved to West Bend in 1966 where she began working for Amity Leather Products until her retirement in 1993. They moved back to Sturgeon Bay in 1996. In 2012, he returned to West Bend to be closer to her family.

She loved to read, and was a great baker and cook for her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra (Wayne) Michaels of West Bend; son, Ronald (Beverly) Sawyer of Neenah; four grandchildren, Amy (Jay) Dierksmeier of Menomonee Falls, Kurt (Jennifer) Michaels of Kewaskum, Peter (Dr. Kali) Sawyer of Appleton and Jill Sawyer of Neenah; two great-grandchildren, Felix Dierksmeier and Brylee Marie Sawyer; brother, Chet (Esther) Gauger of Sturgeon Bay; sister, Betty Stanecki of Sturgeon Bay; and many dear nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Elizabeth Gauger; husband, Norbert Sawyer; three brothers, Reginald, Harvey and Orville Gauger; and sister, Emily Spittlemeister.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Leistra officiating. Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be given in her memory to Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

We would like to thank all those caregivers who cared for our mother during her illness.

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