October 30, 2012

Janet Ann ‘Jan’ Sauers

— On Oct. 24, 2012, one of the sweetest, most generous and selfless persons to ever walk the face of this earth took the hand of our Lord Jesus and followed Him into His Kingdom where she was reunited with all of those who loved her but have gone before.

Jan was born in Plymouth, on May 26, 1933, the daughter of Paul McDonald Snick (Schneckenburger) and Martha Louise Nelson (Nielsen). When Jan was not quite 3 years old, her father, a pilot/salesman for Waco Aircraft, was killed in a plane accident in Dallas, Texas. Her mother died in 1948 leaving her an orphan. Fortunately, two loving people, her great aunt Catherine, and great uncle, Cecil Hughes, became her legal guardians and nurtured her into a fine woman.

Jan graduated from Logansport High School in 1951 and, after a year at Stephens College, transferred to Purdue University, where she graduated in 1955 with a degree in education. On June 19, 1955, she and Don Sauers were joined in marriage at St. Bridget’s Church in Logansport. After Don went into the U.S. Army, Jan began her teaching career and eventually became the librarian at St. Bernadettes Church in Springfield, Va. One of her great pleasures was reading to her grade school children the many books they enjoyed. Her all-time favorite was “Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls.”

Jan and Don lived most of their lives and raised all of their children in Springfield, but in 1992, they moved to their vacation house on Lake Gaston, N.C., a place they loved so much. However in 2004, when it became evident that they needed to be closer to medical services, they relocated to Magnolia Greens in Leland, N.C.

Jan leaves behind to mourn her loss, her husband, Don; a daughter, Susan Basili and husband, Joe, of South Orange, N.J.; son, Allen and wife, Alice, of Leland, N.C., and son, Steven, of Singapore; grandson, Brian Basili attending Villanova University, and granddaughter, Nicole Basili attending the University of Delaware; and her best friend for life, Sherry Scott Putney, of Selkirk, N.Y.

Friends paid their respects at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, N.C., on Tuesday. 

A memorial Mass will be at St. Mary Church at a date to be determined. Jan will be buried next to her parents in Meadow Lake Cemetery, Wolcott.

“Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we will have each other.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Wanda L. Bailey STAR CITY -- Wanda L. Bailey, 69, Star City, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka. No services will be scheduled.

    April 20, 2014

  • Thomas W. Osby WINAMAC -- Thomas W. Osby, 81, Winamac, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his home. No services will take place.

    April 20, 2014

  • Philip L. Widner Sr. PERU -- Philip L. Widner Sr., 58, Peru, passed away at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. As per Philip's wishes, he will be cremated by Cass County Crematory and his family will have a private gathering.

    April 20, 2014

  • OBT-PT041814 Leaetta.jpg Leaetta J. Douglas Leaetta J. Douglas, 78, Royal Center, passed away unexpectedly at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Born on June 12, 1935, in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late Emerson and Geneva (Schreckenghaust) Verno

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lloyd Howard Miller FLORA -- Lloyd Howard Miller, 98, Flora, passed away at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Sterling House, Kokomo. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until his funeral at 1 p.m. Monday at Flora United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry DeVos offic

    April 18, 2014

  • Kara C. Brown Kara C. Brown, 51, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at her home. A gathering of friends and family will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Roches

    April 18, 2014

  • OBT-PT041814 Artrip Brian.jpg Brian G. Artrip KOKOMO -- Brian G. Artrip, 42, Kokomo and Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home in Lebanon. He was born May 30, 1971, in Logansport. He was adopted by Larry E. and Shirley A. (Nolte) Artrip. Brian was attend

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donnabelle Sieber DELPHI -- Donnabelle Sieber, 101, Delphi, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. Elizabeth East, Lafayette. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Tri Kappa service on Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home, with the funeral service to

    April 18, 2014

  • OBT-PT041714 Zellers.jpg Linda L. Zellers WARSAW -- Linda L. Zellers, 73, Warsaw, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw after a long-term battle with cancer. On May 27, 1940, she was born in Logansport, to John H. and Helen K. (Lowe) Watts

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Karen Sue Kripisch WINAMAC -- Karen Sue Kripisch, 57, Winamac, formerly of Medaryville, passed away at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Rensselaer Care Center, Rensselaer. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel

    April 17, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.