Lydia Sauer

Friday, May 5, 2006

Lydia Flora Sauer, 87, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Brighton Gardens Nursing Center.

She was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of Charles Berkbigler and Augustina Ruch. She married Walter O. Sauer in 1938.

They lived in Vallejo, Calif., during World War II where her husband was a pipefitter for the U.S. submarine fleet. They lived a short time in Florida after World War II before moving back to St. Louis.

She was formerly of Jackson, Old Appleton, Friedheim and Biehle, Mo.

Walter was a plumber and later a plumbing and home contractor, with Lydia assisting with the running of the contracting business.

She had been a resident of Brighton Gardens six years. She loved to garden and was very skilled at sewing and interior decorating. She was also a very devout and lifelong member of the Catholic church.

Lydia is survived by her only son, Stacy, and wife Linda; two grandsons, Kevin and Jason; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1992; two sisters, Matilda and Loraine; and a brother, Norbert.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Ann, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kan.

Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory in Lenexa, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3846 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, Kan., 66208-0076, or the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, Kan., 66601-1653.