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Esther Sauder

Esther R. Sauder, 89, of Roanoke, passed away 4:50 p.m. Friday (Dec. 22, 2017) at Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke.

She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Roanoke, to David and Anna Martin Mangold. She married John J. Sauder on Feb. 26, 1950, in Roanoke. He survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Jan (Jim) Mueller, Roanoke, and Diane (Steve) Bates, Morton; three sons, John (Peg) Sauder, Carmel, Ind.; Steve (Margie) Sauder, Eureka; and Phil (Kathy) Sauder, Bloomington; 16 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth Scherer; and two brothers, Melvin and Charles Mangold. 

A homemaker, Esther helped her husband with keeping the books on the family farm in Roanoke. 

Esther loved her Lord and Savior and was a member of Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in world relief and helping hands. She also volunteered many hours for Apostolic Christian nursing home, crafting for and assisting with the fundraising bazaar for many years. 

She enjoyed being outside and working in the garden but most of all loved any time at all spent with her family. She cherished her family dinners on Sunday and was always there to support her children and grandchildren in all of their activities. 

Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Condolences may be sent to the family at knappjohnsonharris.com.

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