Frank P. Sahli
November 20, 1899 - October 7, 2004
Funeral Mass was held for Frank P. Sahli of Fergus Falls, Minnesota (formerly of Perham, Minnesota) on Monday, October 11, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham, Minnesota with Father David Rieder officiating. The pallbearers were Richard Sahli, John Sahli, David Sahli, Steve Woods, Brady Mueller and John Gatzlaff.
The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Lisa Silbernagel. Frank was laid to rest in St. Henry’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Perham, Minnesota.
Frank P. Sahli was born on November 20, 1899 near Odessa, Russia, the oldest son of eight children of Joseph and Magdelena Sahli. Frank attended the parochial grade and public high schools of Hague, North Dakota, and St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville, Minnesota. He came to Perham, Minnesota in 1919, working in the First national Bank, until the bank closed in the Great Depression of the early thirties. Frank later held positions with several state agencies which administered the various farm credit programs that existed in those times. In 1941 he was appointed manager of Perham’s municipal liquor store, a job he held for 21 years until his retirement in 1962. Frank and Clara Hemmelgarn were married on October 19, 1922, and were together for 72 years at the time of Clara’s death in 1995. Frank was the oldest living member of the St. Henry’s Knights of Columbus council and was also associated with the Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Country Club, and area’s tourist information center. On October 7, 2004 Frank passed away at the Broen Memorial home in Fergus Falls, Minnesota at 104 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Frank in death were his parents; wife Clara; infant son John; brothers Peter, Martin and John; sisters Katherine (Hulm), Elizabeth (Glatt) and Gladys (Hummel).
Frank is survived by two sons, Robert (Mary) Sahli of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota and James (Verlyn) Sahli of Othello, Washington; a daughter Mary (William) Woods of Inver Grove heights, Minnesota; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; a sister Julia Kelvie of Minneapolis, Minnesota; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minnesota.