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Audrey Sanger


December 5, 2018

WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Audrey Sanger, 87, of Howell Street in Bessemer, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Wakefield.

She was born May 12, 1931, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Palmquist) Steele. Audrey attended Saxon, Wis., High School and graduated with the class of 1949. She was a cheerleader for the Saxon Knights.

She married Fred P. Sanger on March 4, 1950, at the Hurley Presbyterian Church by Rev. Harries.

She was a homemaker when her children were young. She loved to bake - making breads and cookies. Audrey was excellent at sewing and loved to knit for her family. As her children grew older, she went to work at Ben Franklin in the sewing and craft department. She worked in the Bessemer and Ironwood stores for many years.

She loved to play bridge on Tuesday with her women's bridge club. For 25 years she and Fred were members of the couples bridge club. She loved watching her children and grandchildren play sports, and she and Fred were named fans of the year for the Bessemer Speedboys. She was also past president of the Bessemer Women's Club.

She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ramsay, where she sang in the choir for many years.

She is survived by three sons, Bruce (Diane) Sanger, Bessemer, Scott (Donna) Sanger, Appling, Ga., and Todd (Mary) Sanger, Indianapolis, Ind .; a daughter Sherry (Dan) Quigley, Bessemer; six grandchildren, Dane (Amber) Quigley, Gladstone, Shane Quigley, Bessemer, Lane Quigley, Mercer, Wis., Nicole Surrency, Evans, Ga., Rebecca (David) Alexander, San Diego, Calif., and Harrison Sanger, Indianapolis, Ind; four great-grandchildren, Malia, Jaxdon, Mariella Quigley, Gladstone, and Lana Surrency, Evans, Ga; a sister, Patricia (Fritz) Poeske, Wausau, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; twin sons, Jay and Ray; one brother, Roger Steele; and two sisters, Joan Steele and Sharon Kinnunen; brothers-in-law, Winton (Velma) Sanger and Ralph Sanger; sister-in-law, Betty Sanger, and special sister-in-law, Dorothy Carpenter.

Cremation will take place at the Range Crematory in Hurley, Wis.

A memorial service will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Timothy Steckling will officiate.

Audrey's family will receive relatives and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday.

Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home, Bessemer, is assisting the family.

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The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain in broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.


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