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Barbara J. Sarau

October 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Barbara J. Sarau, 78, a resident of Chassell, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 5, 2012, at Portage Hospital shortly after being admitted.

She was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Joliet, Ill., a daughter of the late Melvin and Elizabeth (Ostermeyer) Saggan. Barbara was raised in Blue Island, Ill. and attended Wilson Junior College.

On March 14, 1959, she was united in marriage to Richard Sarau. The couple had resided in various parts of the United States and the world as Richard's job would call for them to move. In 1997, the couple retired and made their home in Chassell. Richard preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2009.

Mrs. Sarau was a member of Trillium Chapter 304 Order of the Eastern Star of Calumet. She enjoyed painting, spending time outdoors fishing, sitting by the lake and feeding the ducks.

Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents and a brother, Jack.

Surviving are her children: Laura (Louis) Meyers of Gig Harbor, Wash., Richard (Kristy) Sarau of Lake City, Mich., Valerie Sarau of Chassell and Kurt (Lisa) Sarau of DePere, Wis.; her grandchildren, Richard, Kathryn, William, Emma and Elizabella; her sister, Betsy (Glenn) Ladewig of Anchorage, Alaska; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell with Rev. D.J. Rasner to officiate.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell has been assisting the family with arrangements.



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