Willetta A. Sander

Service February 8 10:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Denison, Iowa
Visitation February 7 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Manning Cemetery, Manning

Willetta Anna Sander, the daughter of Harry and Laura (Joens) Kruse, was born August 13, 1912, on the family farm near Manning, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed (January 22, 1928), at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Willetta passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of one hundred seven.

She attended Hayes Township Country School No. 7 and as a young girl, she worked for neighbors and helped her parents on the farm. She also helped her aunt wallpaper in the Manning Hotel.

On August 8, 1934, she was united in marriage with William E. Sander and resided in Manning. They were blessed with the birth of four daughters: Corrine, Marlys, Judith and Susan. The couple lived in Manning, then moved to Okoboji and later moved back to Manning. They moved to the Kruse farm in 1945. In 1952, they moved to Schleswig where they operated a bar and grill. In 1964, they moved to Denison and both worked at Midwestern College. After Bill's death, Willetta worked at the Denison School as a cook until her retirement in 1984.

Bill and Willetta were great dancers and enjoyed polka dances at the Five Mile House as well as other places. Willetta's family was very important to her and time spent together was something she looked forward to. She loved socializing, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, word search, watching game shows on television and also NASCAR. She enjoyed going to the Senior Center for many years and well as shopping trips with her daughters. Traveling with friends and family and going to baseball games were also pleasurable for her.

Willetta was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Laura; husband, William in 1968; daughter, Corrine Jahn in 1985; sons-in-law, Wayne, Vertus and Marvin; granddaughter, Kathy; great-granddaughter, Rachel; sisters and husbands, Florence and Bill Ramsey and Delores and Ray Brockman; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Katie and Emil Sander; brothers-in-law and wives, Herman and Esther, Hugo and Florence, Louie and Lora, Max and Evelene, and Harry and Viola; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those left to cherish her memory include: three daughters, Marlys Groth, and Susan and Keith Siefken, and Judi Brookbank; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-great-grandchildren with three more to be born in the spring; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Not many are so blessed to have their mother with them for so many years. She led by example to respect and be kind to others. Most of all, she taught us to love one another. She taught us to pray and to love our Lord and Savior. We shared much happiness, lots of love and also many tears for the loss of our loved ones. We can only pray that she was as proud of us as we are proud to have her as our mother.

Mom always said, "Be positive and do your best." Mom, thank you for being you.

January 22, 1928 Zion Lutheran confirmation
Back: Edna Schroeder, Elmer Schroeder, Vera Schelldorf, Velma Schelldorf, Edward Hinz, Lester Rowedder
Row 5: Gilbert Martens, Claus Nielsen, Viola Gottsch, Vernon Schroeder, Anna Bolte
Row 4: Leon Hass, Alfred Kuhl, Elmer Rowedder, Emil Martens, Laura Mahnke, Emma Borkowski, Amelia Walter
Row 3: Emilie Martens, Detlef Martens, Helma Kruse, Henry Kruse, Amelia Ranniger, Emil Ranniger, Bertha Genzen, Albert Genzen
Row 2: Anna Meister, John Meister, Margaretha Oeser, Herman Oeser, Amelia Fonken, Dietrich Fonken, Ada Frahm, George Frahm
Front: Herman Mohns, Willetta Kruse, Belle Simpson, Pastor John Ansorge, Mamie Walter, Elsie Rowedder, Wilbur Schroeder


Corrine Sander MHS 1953

Page 88 of the Manning Schools history book

Corrine Sander MHS 1953

I often write about the many connections I have to the Manning area and its people...my Aunt Shirley Ehrichs stayed with the Sander family while she taught at Hayes No. 7.
Here are some pictures from Shirley's collection.

May 12, 1946 picnic Hayes No. 7
Back: Luella Mahnke, Hilda Weller, Bernice Mohns, Leona Beermann, hidden Eunice Friedrichsen holding Marcia Friedrichsen, Ella Rowedder, Norma Frahm, Clara Ehrichs
Front: Shirley Ehrichs, Willetta Sander, Luella Brus, Minnie ?Searing?

May 12, 1946 Hayes No. 7
Back: Fern Weller, Joan Rowedder, Lyle Meyer, Charles Beermann, Shirley Ehrichs
Middle: Wayne Jahn, Betty Beermann, Shannon Mahnke, Arlene Mohns, Mardella Friedrichsen, Corrine Sander, Adlyn Beermann, Edwin Beermann
Front: Kenneth Frahm, Cleo Weller, Marlys Sander


Shirley (Ehrichs) Schramm

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