Obit: Sautner, James J. (1934 - 2003)

Contact:  Janet

----Source: Tribune-Record-Gleaner, Wed., Sept 24, 2003.


James J. Sautner, 69, Spencer, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at the House of the Dove hospice center, Marshfield. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4:30-8:30 p.m., at the Community Funeral Home, Spencer, and on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home until service time. There will be a parish rosary at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and a wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, Spencer. The Rev. Charles Stoetzel will officiate. Burial will be in the West Cemetery, Spencer.

James J. Sautner was born March 11, 1934, to Rachel (nee Gennet) and John Sautner. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1952, and attended UW-Steven Point and UW-Madison. He entered the Army in 1957. He married Suzanne E. Graves on June 8, 1957. They then moved to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he was a medic. After completing his military service, he moved to Waukegan, Ill., and was employed by Abbot Laboratories in their research division from 1959 - 1970. During this period, he completed education courses to teach high school at Carthage College, Kenosha. In 1970, he was hired as a high school biology and chemistry teacher in his childhood home of Spencer. During his tenure, he coached football, wrestling and track. He also implemented several new curriculum choices for students, such as advanced chemistry, biology and physiology. He retired in 1996. He and his wife traveled extensively through the U. S. visiting family and friends in the early days of his retirement. He was a member of the Christ the King Catholic Church, serving on the parish council and singing in the church choir. His interests included the outdoors, spending time at the cabin on Soo Lake and the south fork of the Fambeau River, and hearing reports of his former students.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Sautner, Spencer; his children, Christopher Sautner, Spencer, Stephanie (Chris) Hilgemann, Fountain Hills, Ariz., James B. (Kelley) Sautner, Stevens Point, David (Jean) Sautner, St. Cloud, Minn., Steven Sautner, Spencer, and Timothy (Jamie) Sautner, Seattle, Wash.; sisters Delores (Walter) Matter, Spencer, and Eunice (Purv) Johnston, Crosswell, Mich.

Preceding him in death was one sister, Virginia Schultz, Spencer.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Community Funeral Home, Spencer, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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