Mary R. Sauser, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be held for Mary on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2 – 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m., scripture service at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Cascade.
Mrs. Sauser was born January 7, 1918 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Leo H. and Lucy (Benn) White. She graduated from St. Paul High School, Worthington Iowa and Lenox College, Hopkinton, Iowa. She taught in rural schools prior to her marriage.
Mary was united in marriage to Joseph F. Sauser on September 22, 1945 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Mary and her husband operated Sauser’s Dairy and then farmed at Cascade before their retirement to Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1981.
Since 1981, Mary has been a member of St. Anthony Parish, its Rosary Society, St. Bernadette Circle, A.C.C.W, and the Catholic Daughters of the America Court 1287, Stonehill Auxiliary, and Dubuque Arboretum volunteers.
Surviving Mary are her children; Frank (Diana) Sauser of Rock Island, IL, Steve (Barb) Sauser of Cascade, Margaret (Joe) Noonan of San Antonio, TX, Anne Sutter (Ron Carpenter) of Davenport, Allan (Doris) Sauser of Cascade, Mary Jane (Dan) Driscoll of Dubuque, Ed (Joan) Sauser of Monticello, Ray (Jane) Sauser of Dyersville, Bill (Vickie) Sauser of Worthington, and Joan (Leo) Hawkins of Lawrence, KS; 24 grandchildren: Katherine (Sauser) Phillips, Jon Sauser, Pat, Chris and Andy Noonan, Mark Sutter, Brian, Nick and Mike Sauser, Michelle (Driscoll) Vogler, Tom and Leah Driscoll, Sean, Joel, and Eric Sauser, Todd Angela, and Molly Sauser, Jessica Pitz, Brad, Thomas, Shawna, Samantha, and William Sauser; 36 great-grandchildren; a sister, Terese (Paul) Reittinger of Richardson, TX; and a sister in-law, Rosie White of Cascade.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph F.; children, Thomas Sauser and Joseph N. Sauser; 3 brothers and spouses, Leo (Olive) White, Gerald (Delores) White, and Aelred (Willetta)White.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Anthony Church, Stonehill Care Center or EWTN in Mary’s memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com