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Sunday, July 08, 2012



Russell F. Sauer Sr., 87 of Lake Wales, FL passed away on June 29 at Orlando Regional Medical Center, FL. His untimely death was due to serious injuries sustained in an auto accident on June 16 in Lake Wales. He died peacefully with Russ Jr. at his side while his favorite jazz music eased his way "home". The son of the late Fredrick and Sophie (Meyer) Sauer, he was born Dec. 12, 1924 in Ridgewood, NY. He was a graduate of Grover Cleveland HS, the American Institute of Banking and Brooklyn College. Russ enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served during WWII. He married Amelia "Mickey" M. Savarese April 29, 1951 in Corona, NY. They shared 61 years and six children together. Russ and his wife Mickey resided in Deer Park, Long Isl., NY until 1957 when they moved their family to Port Jervis, NY. They lived in Port Jervis until 2001, then retired to Florida where they had a home in Saddlebag Lake Resort, Lake Wales. He was employed for many years by Darlington Fabrics in Newton, NJ until they relocated. He then worked for Kolmar Labs. in Port Jervis until his retirement in 1990. Russ was a very talented, self-taught musician playing alto saxophone, clarinet and flute . He entertained the community while being a part of the jazz bands of Lum (Lambert) Trovie and Jimmy Neutts. Local followers had the pleasure of enjoying his music listening to the album "Neutts To You". For many years the guests at the Eddy Farm Resort were serenaded by the music of Russ and his trio. Russ belonged to local Musician Union #802 and #667. He was also an electronics and computer enthusiast, always ready to help someone in a glitch. Mostly, he was a loving and devoted husband, as he completely cared for our mother as her hearing deteriorated and she lost her sight in 2008. Russ was a loving father and Pop Pop too. He is survived by his wife Mickey, sons Russell Jr. and wife Marti Hodgdon of Aguora Hills, CA, Ronald of Englewood CO, Kerry of Port Jervis, daughter Janet Smith and husband Russ of Milford, PA, and daughter-in law Kim Sauer of Bel Air, MD; grandchildren Heather (Sauer) Rey, Jennifer (Sauer) Frady, Amy (Sauer) Skellett, Erin (Sauer) Finn, Kelly Sauer and their spouses, Dr. Scott, Megan, Michelle, Kevin, Morgan and Ryan Sauer; Kendall and Garrett Mello; Darren, Bryan, and Kyle Smith, Erik and Matthew Decker; great-grandchildren Zachary and Cooper Rey, Myla Skellett, Griffin Frady, and twins (born on June 19, 2012) Kylie Ann and Dylan Thomas Finn. Surviving also are sister-in-law Isa Savarese, and many nieces, nephews and their families. His family would like to acknowledge special SLR friends Madeline Conway, and Lynn and Chuck Larson. Their unselfish love and support of Mom and Dad will always be remembered. He was predeceased by his parents, son Jeffrey Sauer, daughter Cynthia Decker, daughter-in-law Nancy Sauer, sisters Caroline Hock, and Violet Ruedi, niece Elaine Bartlett, and several brothers and sisters-in-law. Memorial services will be private at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Private interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Russ' name to either the Jazz Foundation of America (www.jazzfoundation.org) @ Jazz Foundation of America, 322 W 48th St. 6th Fl., New York, NY 10036 or SLR Memorial Garden c/o JoAnn Menichino 5593 Saddlebag Lake Rd., Lake Wales, Fl 33898. Funeral arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. for information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com

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