E. Annette Sauer

e. annette sauer
Annette was born June 8, 1939 in Tappen, ND and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Tappen High School in 1957. Annette was an adventurous woman who was vivacious and spontaneous, and full of life. For a number of years, she worked for Northwest Airlines as a reservation agent and traveled the world with her sister Mary. They also lived in various places around the country, including Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, and San Francisco. During the late 1960s, Annette attended Galileo School of Nursing in San Francisco, where she earned an LVN degree. In 1972, she gave birth to her only child, a daughter, Michelle Marie. The family moved back to North Dakota shortly thereafter, eventually settling in Fargo. In Fargo, Annette worked as a Realtor for Century 21 for some years before returning to nursing at Dakota Hospital as part of the Surgical floor. She was also a longtime member of Nativity Catholic Church. In 1989, Annette and Mary relocated to West Lafayette, IN, where she began working at Home Hospital. While there, she joined Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. In the late 1990s, Annette returned to North Dakota, this time to Bismarck, and worked for Missouri Slope Nursing Home until she retired in the early 2000s to spend more time with her sisters. Annette enjoyed traveling a great deal, and during the last twenty years of her life, she was able to revisit places she had been in her youth, such as Egypt and Ireland, as well as go places she had never been before, like Switzerland and Australia. As late as 2014, she climbed a mountain in Iceland. Annette was also an excellent craftswoman, who especially enjoyed painting and sewing. She was deeply spiritual, and loved being a Eucharistic Minister at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Most recently, Annette moved back to Fargo to be nearer to her daughter. Annette is preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, and 4 brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle M. Sauer (Adam Bures), Fargo, ND; and two sisters, Eloise, Vancouver, WA, and LaVerne, Fargo, ND. Annette died of Appendiceal Cancer, which is an incredibly rare disease. The family welcomes donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Appendix Cancer / Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation. 6415 Granger Road, Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131 https://acpmp.org/

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  1. Eloise and LaVerne,

    You do not know who I am, but I had the amazing experience of being taught and mentored by your niece Michelle. I was a student at Minot State University many years ago when she became a professor and then a friend. Michelle brought with her confidence and an empowering nature and a spirit I have never seen before. After reading about Annette’s life I see now where Michelle received all of these characteristics.

    Michelle, I know your loss is one you must feel deep to your core and I cannot imagine even attempting to heal from this. However I hope that your memories will hold you when the grief seems so overwhelming. Lots of love from myself and my family.

  2. So sorry for your loss, just read it in the ozone, she was a great gal and friend, her and LaVerne lived across the street from my house in Dawson. I really missed her after they moved. GOD BLESS.

  3. Michelle…I worked with your mom @ Dakota Hospital surgical unit…and I remember the beautifully little girl that she and Mary adored!! Your mom was such a delight to work with…funny and such a wonderful nurse…so kind and caring of the pts.. one thing tho….I just wonder how many times we helped her find her glasses…..she would loose them quite often ….lol. I wish I had known she was back in Fargo…would have loved to seen her. And yes, leave it to Annette to dy of an unique illness! Peace be with you, Michelle..,I know you have a big hole in your heart right now.

  4. I am sorry to hear of Annette’s passing. I did not know her well but am a neighbor of hers living in the same fourplex here in Bismarck. I didn’t even know she was ill and had moved to Fargo but met the lady who bought her place a couple days ago. The few times I talked to her I was impressed by her energy and friendliness!! My condolences and sympathy to her family!!!

  5. Family of Annette: I know Michelle and Eloise don’t know me but I have met LaVerne a few times; first I want to say I am very sorry to each of you for your loss; I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Annette at the Tax Department; (though it was only short temped for a few weeks and only during tax season, it still was fun with lots giggles and laughs every day, we had so much fun working together; it still was a pleasure to know her. I also got to see her home in Bismarck as taking a walk one summer and stopped in for a visit; was a nice time.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers to each of you; and though it is never ever easy to see or have our loved ones go, we put it in God’s hand to help us ease and heal thru these hard times and days;

  6. I was a neighbor to Annette on Nebraska Drive in Bismarck. We had some good chats and shared some chuckles as my maiden name was Sauer. I know that you will miss your Mother and LaVern will miss her best friend and sister. Hold the memories of Annette close to your hearts and know that Our Heavenly Father has her in His care.

  7. Annette and I graduated from Tappen High School in 1957. I enjoyed visiting with Annette, Mary and Oscar when they lived in Tappen at the hotel. I did see her last at the Tappen Centennial in 2003 and enjoyed visiting with her. My husband Bill Kleese went to school at Pettibone so he knew her older sisters. So sorry to hear about Annette’s passing. My deepest sympathy. LaVina Doerr Kleese

  8. Nettie…you will be deeply missed. Akaays a caring hand, always encouraging words, a quick smile and a way to akways nake us feel loved. Having you, Monica, LaVerne, Oscar and Auntie Irene in my life is a true blessing…every one of you inspired me which in turn inspired my children and will again inspire my grandchildren.
    I have always admired Nettie for her love of adventure. Also for her independant nature.
    I love you and will miss you terribly dear cousin.
    Michelle, I am certain your mother’s undying love for you and the wonderful role models of your grandmother, aunties and uncle are indeed one of life’s greatest blessings. I’m certain you will carry on their loving legacy. My heart goes out to you during such sorrow and know you’re mom is with you always.

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