Lois J. Sauer

Lois J. Sauer, 56, of Eitzen, Minn., passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

She was born July 31, 1956, in Caledonia, Minn., to Edward and Gladys (Schulze) Vetsch. Lois was a 1974 graduate of Caledonia High School. On March 15, 1975, she married Charles Myhre at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Caledonia, and they later divorced. On August 25, 1990, she married Paul “Ed” Sauer in Etizen, Minn., and he preceded her in death on February 23, 2011. Lois held various jobs throughout her life including home interior sales, Woodland Industries/ABC Works in Houston County, and most recently as a customer service representative for Miken Sports in Caledonia. She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors especially flower gardening. Lois also loved watching her grandchildren in their sporting events and school activities.

Survivors include two children, Crystal Bechtel of Eitzen, Minn., and Eric (Stacey) Myhre of Marshall, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Mitchell and Kyle Bechtel, Darrick and McKayla Allpress, and Emma, Braeden, and Noah Myhre; her mother, Gladys Vetsch of Winona, Minn.; one sister, Joyce (Jim) Carpenter of Fairbanks, Alaska; four brothers, Roger Vetsch of Onalaska, Wis.; Dale (Rozann) Vetsch of Caledonia, Minn., Gordon (Cheryl) Vetsch of Dubuque, Iowa, and Scott (Carla) Vetsch of Rollingstone, Minn.; her special friend, Stuart Burmester of New Albin, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her husband, Lois was preceded in death by her father; her former son-in-law, Tim Bechtel; and a grandson in infancy, Andrew.

A private family memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, (Wheatland), rural Eitzen, Minn. Pastor Paul Burgess will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. An open house celebration of life will be held Friday, August 24, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Eitzen Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.