Mary Colleen Sauber

October 23, 1939January 2, 2021

Mary “Colleen” Sauber passed away peacefully on January 2nd, 2021. She was 81 years old. Colleen was admitted to the emergency room at Baptist East Hospital i n Memphis, TN, on December 30th, 2020. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 and suffered severe complications of the virus while being compassionately cared for by the skilled team of ICU doctors and nurses. After suffering cardiac arrest, the family made the decision, which was i n accordance with her l iving will, to withdraw her from l ife-prolonging procedures and machines while providing for her i mmediate comfort and alleviation of pain which allowed her peaceful passage. Molly and her husband Eric prayed for her outside her ICU room alongside the hospital chaplain while Katie and Dave, who were both Covid-19 positive, held vigil at home through video conferencing. Thankfully, the i mmediate family, i ncluding the grandchildren, were able to say their goodbyes and give their honor to her. The ICU nurse held Collen’s hand until the very end and the family took much comfort knowing she was not alone when she passed. In l oving memory and with i mmense j oy, we remember Colleen, the faithful and l oving wife of Dave; proud and caring mother of Katie and Molly; attentive and happy Oma/Grandmother of MeMe, Liam, Luke and Charlie; thoughtful Aunt to many nieces and nephews; cherished daughter of Walter and Ethel; adored sister of Jack and Patricia; and a beloved matron of the extended Sauber and Crahan families. She l oved and was fervently l oyal to so many that were fortunate enough to have known her. Colleen was adored beyond words and will forever be remembered as selfless, intelligent, witty, passionate, beaming with l ife and a kind woman who touched so many lives with her l ove, brilliance, generosity, and service. She was a friend to everyone she met and always made those around her feel special. She was a shining example of true love, the Catholic faith, and a l ife well l ived. Colleen was born to parents Walter and Ethel Crahan on October 23rd, 1939 i n Napoleon, OH. She attended St. Mary’s College from 1957-59 and graduated from Catholic University of America with her BS i n Nursing. In 1965, she married David Sauber. She worked as an RN throughout her l ife, most recently i n the Postpartum Mother and Baby Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital i n Shaker Heights, OH. Additionally, Colleen actively volunteered and served i n her communities. She was especially devoted to Christ Child Society i n Akron, OH and spent many years as a volunteer EMT with Hudson EMS i n Hudson, OH. She was active i n her church communities i n the choir and as a eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church i n Cheboygan, MI, St. Mary Catholic Church i n Hudson, OH, and St. Brigid Catholic Church in Memphis, TN. Colleen truly l oved spending time at her second home at Mullett Lake, l oved to travel, was an avid bridge and card player and always enjoyed being i nvolved with family, friends and neighbors i n a wide variety of social activities. In an effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Colleen will be celebrated at a future mass at St. Brigid Catholic Church i n Memphis, TN. Additionally, the family will plan a Summer 2021 service at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church i n Cheboygan, MI, and a celebration of l ife gathering at Mullett Lake, MI. Colleen’s ashes will be interred at Maple Grove Cemetery i n Mullett Lake, MI. In l ieu of flowers, etc., Dave, Katie and Molly ask that memorial donations be made to Christ Child Society i n Akron, OH and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital i n Memphis, TN.


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Mary Colleen Sauber

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Paula Marsh

January 11, 2021

Katie and Molly
When I shared your mother’s passing with my daughter, Amanda Marsh, she shared a memory of your mother making pancakes with chocolate chips in them after a sleepover. She said, ‘Whoa’! I didn’t know you could do that.
Your mom was a lovely, fun person.
Thinking of you. Paula Marsh

Audrey Kelly

January 11, 2021

Colleen always had a smile on her face and a welcoming heart. We will miss her at Mullett Lake. Much love and peace to the Sauber family. ~Audrey Kelly Posthumus

Mary Mossing

January 9, 2021

Dave, Katie and Molly, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Colleen. She was special in my life because of the many years I spent with the Crahan family. I loved her laugh and can hear it now. The entire Mossing family send sincere condolences for your loss.

Mary Mossing

Andrea Thompson

January 8, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She sounded like a wonderful mom and friend. We would have loved to have known her. Praying God's peace to each of you.
Jon, Andrea, Sarah & Annika