Janet (Jan) Ann Sauers

May 26, 1933October 24, 2012

On October 24, 2012, one of the sweetest, most generous and selfless persons to ever walk the face of this earth took the hand of our Lord Jesus and followed Him into His Kingdom where she was reunited with all of those who loved her but have gone before.

Jan was born in Plymouth, Indiana, on May 26, 1933, the daughter of Paul McDonald Snick (nee Schneckenburger) and Martha Louise Nelson (nee Nielsen). When Jan was not quite 3 years old her father, a pilot/salesman for Waco Aircraft, was killed in a plane accident in Dallas, Texas. Her Mother died in 1948 leaving her an orphan. Fortunately, two loving people, her Great Aunt Catherine and Great Uncle Cecil Hughes, became her legal guardians and nurtured her into a fine woman.

Jan graduated from Logansport (Indiana) High School in 1951 and, after a year at Stephens College, transferred to Purdue University where she graduated in 1955 with a degree in Education. On June 19, 1955, she and Don Sauers were joined in marriage at St. Bridget’s Church in Logansport. After Don went into the U.S. Army Jan began her teaching career and eventually became the Librarian at St. Bernadettes Church in Springfield, Virginia. One of her great pleasures was reading to her grade school children the many books they enjoyed. Her all-time favorite was “Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls.”

Jan and Don lived most of their lives and raised all of their children in Springfield, but in 1992, they moved to their vacation house on Lake Gaston, North Carolina, a place they loved so much. However in 2004, when it became evident that they needed to be closer to medical services, they relocated to Magnolia Greens in Leland, North Carolina.

Jan leaves behind to mourn her loss, her husband Don; a daughter Susan Basili and husband Joe of South Orange, New Jersey; son, Allen and wife Alice of Leland, and son Steven of Singapore; grandson, Brian Basili attending Villanova University, and granddaughter Nicole Basili attending the university of Delaware; and her best friend for life, Sherry Scott Putney of Selkirk, New York.

Friends may pay their respects at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, 3915 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary Church at a date to be determined. Jan will be buried next to her parents in Meadow Lake Cemetery, Wolcott, Indiana.

“Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we will have each other.”

The staff of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Janet Sauers.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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October 31, 2012

She was a great librarian at St. Bernadette's School and everyone really loved and teachers alike...she was a wonderful lady....N. Re

October 30, 2012

we will always remember Jan as our best neighbor and faithful friend . with all our love and deepest sympathy from the MCDONNELL FAMILY.

October 30, 2012

We will always remember the times our families got together and especially the warm and enduring friendship you and Mrs. Sauers shared with our parents.
Fondly and in sympathy,
Nancy and Susan Richards

Joan and Graham Smith

October 29, 2012

We met Jan and Don on their two visits to England. She so enjoyed visiting the museums in London and churches wherever we visited. We have fond memories of her caring friendship. She was a great lover of books and sometimes, at a distance, we could share our thoughts and questions. She always spoke with such pride in her family,they made her so happy. Don, you had a great wife and she was so fortunate to have you as her husband.

Sheila McEvoy Trimble

October 29, 2012

It has been years, but I have lovely memories of you and your dear family. I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. She was a wonderful woman who radiated kindness and love. May you find comfort in knowing she has left this earth living a full life and one with many admirers.

Jean Callahan

October 28, 2012

Dear Don and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May you be surrounded with God's perfect peace and love in this difficult time.

Donna Criddle

October 27, 2012

I don't remember how Jan and I first met over 40 years ago in Springfield, VA, but I treasure her friendship and the many things we and our families did together. Allen and my son David also spent several years working near Long Beach, CA. in the early 1980ies. I am sad to learn Jan is no longer here. but know God is taking care of her now. My prayers are with her and the family.

Dorothy Nix-Trueman

October 27, 2012

Don and Family: I am so sorry to hear about Jan's passing. It is so hard to lose the love of your life. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with your.

Susan (Eagan) Timmons

October 26, 2012

Don and family,
It has been many years since we have been in contact. Our cousin, Marcia, sent me the sad news of Jan's death. I send my deepest sympathy and love to you and your family. Seven years ago Dec. 1, I lost my husband, Don, I know your pain...Jan and Don will always remain in our hearts. Sincerely, Susan Eagan Timmons

October 26, 2012

We were so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. We did not see her often but when we did it was a pleasure. I am sure she is with our Lord now. May the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort and peace.