Arlene Sawyer

November 13, 2018

NEWMAN GROVE — Services for Arlene Sawyer, 97, Newman Grove, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newman Grove. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery at Petersburg.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church. Newman Grove Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove.


Arlene, the second of nine children, was born Jan. 26, 1921, at Petersburg, the daughter of Matthias and Ellen (Anderson) Thompson. She attended rural School District 73 in Boone County near where she grew up. In 1935, she attended Petersburg High School until her mother died at the young age of 38, forcing her to return home to help her family. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newman Grove, where she was currently a member.

On Oct. 2, 1940, she was united in marriage to Grant Sawyer at Albion. In February 1941, they moved to Longview, Wash., where Grant worked at a saw mill for a year before returning to the Newman Grove area, where they farmed at various locations for 15 years. In 1957, the Sawyer family moved to Newman Grove, where Arlene was employed at Welburn Pharmacy, the Newman Grove Hospital, the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home and the Newman Grove Creamery until retiring in 1986.

After retiring, Arlene was a teacher’s aide at the local elementary school. Following a stroke, Arlene has been a resident of the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home since October 2002.

Arlene enjoyed her family, collecting and cataloging recipes, scrapbooking, gardening, yard work, artwork, crocheting, hardanger, sewing and making dolls, and compiling her family genealogy. Arlene enjoyed the comfort of her home in which she took great pride.

Arlene is survived by daughter Marie (John) Albracht of Columbus; her sons, Jerry (Lois) Sawyer, and Milan (Jeanie) Sawyer, all of Newman Grove; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Durand of David City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Grant; two infant sisters, Ruby and Lillie; a sister, Della Saltzman; and her brothers, Arvid, Elvin, John and Ralph Thompson.

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