Sara Guetterman

Sunday, February 26, 2006

CAIRO, Ill. -- Sara Guetterman, 84, of Cairo died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born May 31, 1921, at Cairo, daughter of Alex and Mary Farah Johnson. She married Jack Guetterman in 1945.

As a young woman, Guetterman was employed at McKesson and Robbins. By 1946, she and her husband owned their first business, Jack Guetterman Grocery. After 22 years there, they purchased the Chrysler dealership in Cairo. She served as president of Guetterman Motors for 37 years leading the establishment to win numerous excellence awards for recognition of customer service. This honor is most prestigious for both Chrysler and Ford.

Sara was an active member of Cairo First Presbyterian Church, the Syrian-American Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Jack C. Guetterman Jr., John Guetterman and daughter-in-law, Sandra; two sisters, Rose Nasser and Dorothy Johnson; three brothers, George E. Johnson and Alex Johnson Jr., all of Cairo, and Johnny Johnson of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two grandchildren, DeAnna and Dayna Guetterman; a stepgrandson, Aaron Quertermous, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a sister, Alice.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cairo First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Kelly Cox and Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Cairo Public Library, 1609 Washington Ave., Cairo, Ill. 62914; Daystar Care Center, 2001 Cedar, Cairo, Ill. 62914; Cairo First Presbyterian Church, 1708 Washington Ave., Cairo, Ill.; or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis Tenn., in memory of Sara.

Barkett Funeral Home of Cairo is in charge of arrangements.