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Lanette Saathoff

May 21, 1936 — June 3, 2023

Westbrook, Minnesota

Lanette Saathoff

Lanette Jane Saathoff, 87 of Westbrook, MN, formerly of Grundy Center, IA died June 3, 2023 at the Sanford Medical Center in Westbrook, MN. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Engelkes-Abels Funeral and Cremation Service in Grundy Center, Iowa. A funeral service will be held Friday, June 9, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church of Grundy Center. A burial will follow the service at Elmwood Cemetery in Dike.

Lanette was born May 21, 1936 in Holland, IA, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Schmidt) Werkman.  She attended country school in the town of Holland and graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1954.  After graduation, Lanette worked at the Spokeman Press in Grundy Center.  On June 2, 1961 she was united in marriage to George C. Saathoff in Holland, IA.  This marriage was blessed with 3 children, Karla, Kevin and Kelly. 

Lanette spent her entire life as a devoted homemaker, farm wife and seamstress.  Creating countless baby blankets, quilts, wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and making hundreds of alterations.

She was a long time member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ryan, IA and in later years, American Lutheran in Grundy Center.  She was involved with Bible School, the Helping Hands Committee and with the ladies group at Peace Lutheran, especially sewing quilts.  Being a part of 4-H in Adams township, Delaware County was something she took pride in, serving as a 4-H leader and youth mentor.  Supporting her children’s participation in sports was important to her. She was a true supporter - uniforms, taxi service, making lunches or snacks and fund raising and never missed a game!

Lanette enjoyed flowers and plants, feeding the birds, visiting over coffee or tea and shopping.  Her greatest joy was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her grateful family left to cherish her memory are her children, Karla (Bruce) Gundermann, Kevin Saathoff and Kelly (Missy) Saathoff; 4 grandchildren, Kallie (Adam) Baumann, Eli Gundermann, Lauryn and Kelsey Saathoff; 4 great grandchildren, Charlotte, Emmerson, Asher and Ainslee Baumann; sisters, Arlene (Melvin) Haupt, Lois Meester, Diane Ascher; brother-in-laws, Arnold (Martha) Saathoff, Harold (Doris) Saathoff; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lanette was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna; her parents-in-law, Arend and Freeda; husband, George; sisters, Marge (Curt) Meester, Wanda (Gordon) Akers and brother-in-laws Sylvian Meester and James Ascher.

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Past Services


Thursday, June 8, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Abels Funeral And Cremation Service - Grundy Center

509 4th Street, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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Funeral Service

Friday, June 9, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

American Lutheran Church

1103 F Ave, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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