Olga Sauder

Olga Sauder (Olga Jeske)

Friday, December 12th, 1924 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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Olga Sauder, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday-October 13, 2020 at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

Olga was born on Dec. 12, 1924 in Poland to the late Karl and Wilhelmina (Zipple) Jeske. She married Eduard Sauder on Nov. 12, 1949 in Germany. Together they came to the U.S. in 1952. Eduard preceded Olga in death on Oct. 16, 2000. Olga worked as an assembler at Gast Mfg., retiring in 1988.

Olga is survived by daughter – Hilda (Greg) Platts of St. Joseph and son – Bob (Patti) Sauder of St. Joseph; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; and a brother and three sisters all living in Germany. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son-Karl and two brothers and two sisters.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday – Oct. 16, 2020, 11:00am, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor, of which she was a member since 1952, with Pastor Jeffery Bolwerk officiating. Visitation precedes the service from 10:00-11:00am at the church. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Benton Harbor
    Corner of Colfax and Kline
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Benton Harbor
    Corner of Colfax and Kline
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Hickory Bluff Cemetery


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Edeltraut Campbell

Posted at 03:20pm
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Olga and her husband was a dear friend to my parents, Toni and Edmund Weiss, from St. Matthews Lutheran Church as German immigrant members also since 1952. Upon my parents' deaths, Olga was so supportive with kind words and gestures to me and my brother, Wilfried, when I lost my dear Mama and Papa. She was a very kind strong woman of Christian faith and family values and will be missed by many who knew her. May God hold you steadfast in his love and give you and your family strength during these difficult times. Sending prayers and sincere condolences to you and your family. (Mrs. Edeltraut Weiss-Campbell) Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Linda Groth

Posted at 04:50am
I was sad to get the news of Tante Olga's passing. What a full life she lived. She was a quiet, gentle woman with a kind heart. I remember staying at her place on of my trips to Michigan to see the relatives. Karl, Harry, Doris, and I were all born in 1954, and we were related to the Sauders through marriage, as Tante Olga's sister, Tante Wanda was married to one of my opa's brothers. Through the years, my family would drive to Michigan for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, graduations, etc. Tante Olga was such a good cook. There was always plenty of food at get togethers. I recall attending the German church services at St. Matthew's as a child. Even though I wasn't fluent in German, I loved celebrating my deutsch heritage! Tante Olga was a wonderful homemaker and gracious hostess. She had a lot of wisdom. What a welcome party awaited her in heaven. Jesus welcomed her with open arms, and I can't begin to imagine the joy when she saw beloved family members that had gone before her. My deepest condolences to all the family. Due to covid, I regret that I won't be flying up to Michigan for the funeral. My thoughts and prayers will be with y'all on Friday especially. I'll say the Lord's Prayer in German! Deer Herr sei mit Dir. Ich liebe Dich Tante Olga.

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