Emma C. Sager

Emma C. Sager, 71, of Ogilvie died January 14, 2012 at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

Emma Caroline Sager was born at the family’s rural Brazil, Iowa home on March 23, 1940 to John and Etta (Burgess) Sackfield.  She grew up in the Brazil-Centerville area and attended a one room grade school with her sister as her teacher. Emma was spelling bee champion and the valedictorian of her class at Centerville High School in 1958.  She moved to the Oxlip area in Isanti County, Minnesota where she raised her four children. Emma worked as a bank teller then as a bookkeeper at Bar None Ranch. During this time, she earned her accounting degree.  She ended her career working for Isanti County and has been there for the last 18 years.

She was a very adventurous person and enjoyed taking her kids to a remote northern Minnesota cabin and taking mountain hikes at Homestead Meadows in Colorado with her sister.  She also tracked wolves in Northern MN, chased bears from her porch, and slept next to Mountain Lions. Emma loved the rustic cabin near her daughter Carolyn’s home in rural Cambridge and her Ogilvie Log Home of the last eight year.  She enjoyed cooking, snowshoeing, reading and gardening. Her true passion, however, was her family.  She spent each day with family and especially liked going to the grandkids activities and having them stay with her.

Emma will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Marie Sager of Ogilvie, Ron (Julie) Sager of Ham Lake, Nancy (Bill) Spooner of St. Michael, and Carolyn (Ernie) O’Neill of Princeton; one brother, Jim Sackfield of Varna, Illinois; three sisters, Della (Richard) Pribnow of Maplewood, Elsie (Bob) Charlton of Minneapolis, and Pixie (Wayne) Long of Longmount, Colorado; 16 grandchildren, Erin (Jason) Mrozek, Jennifer (Dusty) Lindner, Jason Findell, Michelle, Hannah and Bruce Stahnke, Mike and Brian Sager, Kyle Redberg, Rachel Sager, Brandi, Serina and Jimmy Spooner, Nicole Klapak, and Jocelyn and Reanna O’Neill; four great-grandchildren, Baylee, Noah, Parker and Tyler; and by many other’s who called her Mom or Grandma as well as relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Raymond Sackfield, and one sister, Margaret Thomas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Clifton Hanson and Rev. Robert DeYoung officiating.  A visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.

  • Bonnie Feketik Smith

    I send this note as I wish to express my deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Emma Sager’s family,. This is my remembrance gift to her four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren–to each of you, as well as her siblings..
    My friendship with Emma goes back to grade school and our high school days. I enjoyed spending a lot of time with Emma and her sister, Pixie, in our small rural Iowa community, We read books and wanted to be as adventurous as the characters in the books. We continued our friendship through high school and corresponded occasionally over the following years.
    Emma loved her family and cabin home, being near the animals and the “wilderness” of Northern Minnesota. Am so happy that she was able to come to Iowa for our 2008 Centerville High School Class Reunion. I enjoyed hearing of her achievements with her career and impressed to find that she was still working as she enjoyed her job. Emma also loved spending lots of time with her family.
    Believing she is now in her eternal rest. She may be renewing friendships of those who already passed. I can see her venturing through heaven searching for long-gone friends, relatives and teachers, too.
    Emma was a special person who used her intelligence for her own good or to help others. Never would she embarrass anyone. She was a wonderful kindred spirit and I always enjoyed time spent with her in person or via emails or phone calls..
    Bonnie Feketik Smith – Des Moines, Iowa