Dorothy Sauer


Dorothy J. Sauer, 86, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Laurels of Defiance with her family at her side.

She was born on September 19, 1927, to Clem and Susie (Shawley) Cooper in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from McClure High School. In 1944, Dorothy married Jean C. Holley, and he passed in 1964. On June 10, 1965, Dorothy married Lester Sauer in Defiance, Ohio. Dorothy and Lester moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1984.

Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for Shipman Furniture and several other companies in Defiance. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lakeland, Fla., St. Mary's Catholic Church in Defiance, Florida Airstream Unit (past president), Toledo Airstream Unit, Kings & Queens Mobile Home Park Lakeland, Fla. (past president, manager), and Defiance Women's Bowling (past president). Dorothy also spent countless hours volunteering for the Red Cross and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Dorothy is survived by her loving spouse of 48 years, Lester, of Defiance, Ohio; her children, Virginia (Richard) Ballentine of Alberton, Ga., Larry (Mary) Holley of Defiance, Ohio, Elizabeth (Rev. Kevin) Koenig of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Thomas (Colleen) Holley of Sherwood, Ohio, Sam (Judy) Sauer of Defiance, Ohio, and Thomas (Vicki) Sauer of Defiance, Ohio; brother, Robert (Erma) Miller of Bowling Green, Ohio; and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Jean C. Holley; brother, George Cooper; and grandson, Joshua Holley, both in infancy; and sister, Mary Smith.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 28, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ohio, at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Red Cross and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Online condolences can be given at

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  • Lester & families, So sorry about Dorothy, our prayers & thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.   Love Judy & Cyril.