Roger Sahli, 69
Roger Sahli, 69, died on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at his lake home on Snider Lake.
Roger John Sahli was born March 15, 1940 in Hankinson, North Dakota to John and Helen (Schatz) Sahli. His childhood years were spent growing up in towns in both North and South Dakota. In the mid 1950s, his family moved to the Minneapolis area where Roger attended his last three years of high school. After graduation, he began working for a steel company, beginning as a welder and later becoming a machine maintenance worker.
On August 18, 1972, Roger married Virginia Jacobson Martin in Osseo. They made their home in the St. Michael/Albertville area where Roger continued to work in the maintenance division. Following his retirement in 1996, Roger and Ginny relocated to their home on Snider Lake, where they have lived since. Roger died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 24, 2010 in his home at the age of 69.
Roger spent countless hours in the woods: hunting, fishing and four wheeling. He had a true passion for the outdoors in general and loved living at the lake. He also spent numerous hours hot air ballooning in his younger years. Roger enjoyed playing cards and could be found helping friends and neighbors out whenever he could. He was “Mr. Fix It,” always tinkering in the shop and inventing some new gadget. Roger was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Waubun.
Roger is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ginny, Waubun; son, Richard (Jan) Sahli, Miltona; two daughters, Judi (Marc Hallett) Berglin, Colfax, Wisconsin, and Susan (Kevin) King, White Haven, Pennsylvania; stepsons, Bradford (Christine) Martin, Rollingstone and Barry Martin, Monticello; seven grandchildren, Wil Taft, Curt Sahli, Mathew Sahli, Joshua Martin, Colin Martin, Tegan Martin and Adam Martin; brother, Ervin (Norma) Sahli, Fridley; sisters, Virginia Hartley, Maple Grove, Dolly (Pete) Schmitz, Burnsville, and Linda (Leo) Elkie, St. Michael; sisters-in-law, Lucille Sahli, Bismarck, North Dakota and Rita Sahli, Red Wing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jerome and Virgil Sahli.
Mass of Christian Burial was held January 29 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Waubun, led by Father Bob Leising, O.M.I. Special music was provided by Monica Winter. Serving as pallbearers were Max Voss, Jeff Sahli, Curtis Sahli, Mathew Sahli, Dennis Buschette and Leslie Jacobson. Honorary bearers included Barry Martin, Wil Taft, Josh Martin, Colin Martin, Tegan Martin and Adam Martin.
Entombment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alexandria on January 30.
Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson~Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen, Minn. and Winger; www.andersonmattson.com.