OBITUARY

Norma Jean Sauer

August 21, 1933May 29, 2018
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Norma Jean (Dils) Sauer, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at her home in Austin, Texas. Norma was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and spent most of her life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to Spring Hill, Florida; Morris Plains, New Jersey; and most recently to Austin, Texas. In Austin, she was a member of St Martin’s Lutheran Church and a frequent guest at Fan Force Austin events. Norma was predeceased by her husband Ed Sauer in 2002 after 46 years of marriage.

Norma was a lifelong music lover playing piano from an early age and drums in her high school marching band. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Tech in 1955 where she was a proud member of Chi Omega sorority and she received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught business classes at Keystone Oaks High School and especially enjoyed helping graduating seniors to find their first job. In Spring Hill, she was a member of the Tampa Area Opera Club and was quite active at Holy Cross Lutheran Church especially in the Sewing Guild where she helped make numerous quilts for donation to Lutheran World Relief. She was a Breast Cancer survivor since 2006.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia Kinnee of Mt Lebanon, Pennsylvania; and her daughters, Sheri Sauer of Morris Plains, New Jersey and Laurene Barber and her husband Mark of Austin, Texas; and one grandson, Ian Edward Barber of Austin, Texas.

Interment will be private at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, where she will be laid to rest with her husband, E.P.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org), Hospice Austin (hospiceaustin.org), or Lutheran World Relief (lwr.org).

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Paul (P.L.) Smith

July 5, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. I was best man at the Sauers' wedding those many years ago and have many fond memories of times my late wife Cissie and I spent with E.P. and Peppy - Carnegie Tech, the Clyde Street Kappa Sig house and Pittsburgh, and later in Nags Head. We moved away from Pittsburgh in 1963 and only had occasional contact with them afterwards - CIT homecomings or Kappa Sig events for the most part. After Cissie passed away in 2000 I visited them in Spring Hill when E.P. was failing. Regrettably, I did not keep contact with Peppy after he passed away. But she was certainly a memorable character and a part of our lives for many delightful years.

Lori Kinnee

June 13, 2018

What a beautiful tribute! It reminds me of what a talented, stylish and vivacious woman my Aunt was. I chuckled reading the description of her as a "chatterbox". A vivid childhood memory of mine is my mom on the phone for what seemed like hours without ever saying a word. We all knew she was "talking" to her sister! Aunt Norma's nickname "Peppy" was certainly appropriate. Thank you for sharing the great family pictures.

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Norma, 5years old, and sister Ginny, 3 years old. 1938

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Ginny, Mom Elsie, and Norma

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Norma's stepfather Eddie and his boat at Deep Creek Lake, MD.

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Family photo
Norma, Ida (Aiti), Ginny, Eddie, John (Buppa), and Elsie

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Norma and her mother Elsie
1953

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Norma 1953

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Norma