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.