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John C. Sabers

October 4, 2017

John C. “Jack” Sabers, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2017 at home in Dubuque, IA surrounded by the love of his family.  Jack was born on September 13, 1934 in New Vienna, IA to Arthur and Elizabeth (Ploessl) Sabers. 

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jack graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1953 and then attended Loras College.  He went on to serve his country in the United States Army.  He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works and retired as a supervisor after 28 years in 1985. 

Jack married Mary Ann Wallenhorst on April 8, 1958 in Dickeyville, WI.  They were happily married for 59 years and offered a shining example of commitment and devotion.  Jack was a true sportsman.  He was a Chicago fan following the Bears and Cubs faithfully, win or lose, until the very end.  He was an sport fisherman and spent hours on the water teaching his children and grandchildren to cast a line.  He played baseball and softball for many, many years with a group of guys he loved like brothers.  He also loved to golf and belonged to Timber Line Golf Course from its beginning.  He played in many golf leagues for many years.  He also bowled and threw horseshoes in leagues.  He played a mean game of Euchre and loved the challenge and strategy.  He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Club.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; his children: Dennis (Nancy), Kathy (Tim) Hamel, Joan (Dave “Spider”) Meyer, Bob (Cathy), Ken (Lory), Karen (Jim) Vaassen, Carol (Dave) Lambert all of Dubuque, Kevin (Marianne) of Galena and Laurie (David) Chapman of Phoenix, AZ; twenty-four favorite grandchildren and nine very special great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sylveria Ruden , of Dubuque, and Pat Klosterman of New Vienna; In-Laws Darlean Sabers of Dubuque, Bernie Obershaw, Dolly (Bob) Klein, Janet Macaluso of Dickeyville, WI, Mellie Reynolds of Kieler, WI, Doris Bussan of Dubuque, Clarence “Junior” Wallenhorst of Hazel Green and Jeanette Wallenhorst and Gloria Wallenhorst of Cuba City, WI. 

Jack was preceded in death by an infant son, John, his parents, Arthur and Elizabeth, his brothers Floyd, Roger, Marv, and Gene; and a sister, Ruth.

 Service Information

October 6, 2017

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

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