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August 15, 1924 – Saturday, June 12, 2010

Service Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hanover, MN
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Donald Anthony Sawatzke, age 85, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on Saturday, June 12th, 2010, at Elim Home in Watertown, MN.

He was born on August 15, 1924, in Delano, MN, the son of Edward and Laura (Boldus) Sawatzke.

On June 11, 1960, Donald A. Sawatzke and Jean Hahnke were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, MN.

Donald was formerly employed at The Block Factory, Washington Scientific and Bishmans. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and old-time music.

Donald was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.

Survived by his loving wife of fifty years: Jean Sawatzke; sisters & brothers: Doris Sawatzke, Floyd (Donna) Sawatzke, George “Smokey” (Pat) Sawatzke, Laura Mae Hoffman, Shirley Ponce and Carol (Dale) Sieg; sisters-in-law: Evelyn and Darlene Sawatzke; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Edward & Laura, a sister-in-law: JoAnne; and brothers: Joe, Marlin and Harvey.

Funeral services for Donald Sawatzke will be held on Wednesday, June 16th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.Pastor Gorden Estenson will officiate and interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Hanover.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 P.M. at the The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be: Jeffrey Sieg, Gerald, James, Patrick and Richard Sawatzke, Robert Hoffman and Gary Veches.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Amy Matter-Hines

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed taking Dad (Norbert) to come and visit the both of you. Donald will be missed. I will not be attending the wake or funeral. My sister is going to take Dad to the wake. I will be spending Father’s Day with Dad on the farm and heading back to Brainerd on Tuesday. You and the entire Sawatzke family are in my thoughts.

  2. Randall Sawatzke

    Dear Jean,
    I search my heart for words to say that might help ease your grief and there aren’t any to be said right now, but know that there are many who will be praying for you in the days, weeks and months ahead that you will find the strength to make it through this most difficult time. Draw upon the love, support and strength of your family and friends and hold tight the many precious memories you have of Don. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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