Sarah Marie Puppe, 42, of Fargo, North Dakota died surrounded by family on Nov. 8, 2016. She had been battling a brain tumor for over 15 years.
Sarah Marie, was born to Marilyn and David Isaacson on Dec. 7, 1973 in Portland, ME. She attended Trinity Lutheran Nursery School and the Rocky Point Public Schools until moving to North Dakota with her family in 1987. Sarah graduated from Milnor Public School in 1992 and then studied religious studies and education at Macalester College. She graduated from St. Catherine’s University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Sarah worked as a community organizer in fair housing for AmeriCorps VISTA, and a workshop facilitator for mothers working their way off welfare.
In 2001 and while about to relocate to California to attend Fuller Seminary, Sarah was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. During recovery at her parent’s North Dakota home, the ministry calling she initially received during high school continued strongly and she filled in for pastors while they were away. A year later she was able to move to California and attend seminary as planned. She graduated from Fuller Seminary with a Master’s in Theology in 2005 and a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Studies in 2008. Her studies often put on pause for her to work in North Dakota churches, an honor and privilege she always cherished. Unfortunately, she had another brain surgery in 2006 and her medical woes continued until she passed away on Nov. 8, 2016.
Sarah is survived by her husband, Mark; and daughter, Mari; her devoted parents, Marilyn and Rev. David Isaacson; brothers, Aaron and Josh (Stacey); and nephew, Thomas. She is preceded in death by her grandparents; and paternal uncles, John and Eugene.
Sarah asks that memorial funds be contributed to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Seminary Tuition Reimbursement Fund at the Easter North Dakota Synod.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.