O. Kathleen (Zerkel) Sauers, 84, of Decatur, passed away on August 31, 2012, in Fort Wayne.
She was born to the late Oliver K. and Marie (Burdg) Zerkel on March 27, 1928, in Decatur.
Kate married Wayne E. Sauers on May 18, 1947; he survives.
She was a member of the Living Water Church, where she was very active as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, and served on various committees.
Kate was a hairdresser for 30 years in Bluffton. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. There were many roles that Kate played in life. A devoted mother, a beloved family member, gracious neighbor and friend, co-worker and parishioner, but most of all Kate was, and still is, a beloved child of God.
Among survivors are two sons, Michael (Kathy) Sauers of Churubusco and Mark (Laurissa) Sauers of Bluffton; three daughters, Linda (Mark) Wheaton, Patty SiKora, and Jennie (Tony) Williams, all of Fort Wayne; brothers, Gene (Joyce) Zerkel of Anchorage, Alaska; James (Bev) Zerkel of Webb City, Mo., Jerry (Sue) Zerkel of Longview, Texas, and Ronald (Sharon) Zerkel of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a sister, Sherryl (Larry) Martin of Logansport, Ind.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Clark Stoller and Pastor Steven McPeek officiating
Burial will be at MRE Cemetery near Berne.
Preferred memorials are to the Visiting Nurse & Home Hospice &/or the Cancer Services of NE Indiana.
Online condolences may be made at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.