John Sauer

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John E. “Jack” Sauer, 74, of Belleville, IL, born September 17, 1943, in Chicago, IL, died Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Sauer worked for many years teaching at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School in Waterloo and retired from Bartelso Elementary School.  Most recently, he was a substitute teacher for Millstadt Consolidated School District #160.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved Stan Musial. Jack enjoyed his Thursday and Saturday trivia night groups and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. and Janette C., nee Graesser, Sauer; a sister, Karen E. Isselhardt; and a nephew, Mark A. Coburn.

Surviving are his brother, Charles A. Jr. (Caroline M.) Sauer of Summerfield, FL;
his sister, Patti J. (Edward E. Coburn) McMath of St. Jacob, IL;
a nephew, Charles J. (Barbara J.) Sauer;
four nieces, Christine C. (Christopher) Rose, Carrie L. (Aaron) Sigler, Lori E. (Timothy) Miller, and Cindi L. (Craig) Colbert;
a brother-in-law, James C. Isselhardt;
and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Father Gene Neff officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date.


11 Comments on John Sauer

joe jung said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2017 at 7:44 PM

Mr. Sauer was my 7th and 8th grade teacher and made learning fun when I attended SPPS in Waterloo. i still received a birthday card every year from him. RIP sir.

  • san francisco
  • ca
Stacy Albers said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2017 at 1:36 AM

To the family and friends if Jack, you have my deepest sympathy. I worked with Jack at Bartelso school. I have many fond memories. I would make his mom strawberry pie for her birthday in May. He always remembered my birthday. I enjoyed getting his Christmas card with trivia. You will be miss my deep friend. Rest In Peace.

  • Bartelso
  • IL
Michelle Kampwerth said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Mr. Sauer was my sixth grade teacher at Bartelso Elementary School..I remembered the history football as mentioned in one of the earlier comments..i will always remember and still have my Senate project. He made us write to each state senator and request a photo and biography so we could compile a book...I actually got it out not too long ago and showed it to my employer...I always looked forward to his birthday cards as well...he never missed a card and truly cared about his students by sending them a birthday card every year...RIP Mr.Sauer....

  • Bartelso
  • IL
Jason winkeler said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2017 at 3:04 PM

Jack was a great teacher. In fact, I learned more in his six grade class than any other year. His history football made learning fun. He played music during class, and kids stayed after school to trade baseball cards. We had so much fun in his class he became a life long friend. He really loved the cardinals and brought his radio with him to games. He will be missed and whenever I see a two dollar bill or baseball card it will be hard not to think of him.

  • Bartelso
  • Il
Karla Albert said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2017 at 2:11 PM

My sympathies to the family and friends of Jack. He was my teacher in 7th & 8th grade, and left a lasting impact. Any teacher who can find a way to make spelling and history fun for junior high students has a gift for education. History football remains one of my fondest school memories. Every year I looked forward to my birthday card - he never missed a one. I can only imagine how many he sent through the years. I received my last from him the end of October. Every year on my birthday, I know I will remember him, and his dedication to his students. Rest in Peace, Mr. Sauer.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
roger l klucker said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2017 at 1:04 PM

I knew Jack since High School when I worked at St Eve's kitchen with him.I was always the youngest of the guys there and he was one of the oldest.......what a lot of good memories of that time......many years later I met him at a "trivia night" and spoke for a bit, what a good guy he was........

  • swansea il
  • Illinois
Bob Schindler said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2017 at 12:58 AM

Jack was a great class mate at cathedral hight school. A great friend. He will be missed by all and 1st Friday get togethers Rest in peace my friend

  • Kelso
  • Mo
Terry Meyer said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Jack was a regular customer at my sportscard shop which was located in the Family Sportsplex. He was an avid Cardinal collector and always stopped in at least once a week to see what new cards had came out. Of course Stan Musial was his main concern but all Cardinals were always his selection. He bought Cardinal cards for the kids in his classes all the time as rewards for good behavior. I could always tell if Jack had been in and I was not there because he always paid with $2.00 bills. He was a great guy who always thought of others. Rest In Peace $2.00 Jack. ????????

  • Belleville
  • IL
Paul Brown said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Rest In Peace, Good Friend. Sincerely, Paul Brown

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Gary said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2017 at 5:53 PM

Jack was one of those guys you always enjoyed seeing. We were classmates through grade and high school and today I still remember many classical Jack events. I enjoyed many years of refereeing Jack's teams' games and seeing Jack courtside, always the gentleman. Rest in peace Jack.

  • Springfield
  • Il
Dan Kennedy said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2017 at 1:16 AM

Jack was my 8th grade teacher and basketball coach. I have many fond memories of Jack beginning in 8th grade and continuing through today. Jack introduced me to coin collecting, took me to movies, rode on bike hikes and many other things. I learned a lot about the presidents through his unique teaching technique "history football". he made learning fun. Jack was a very generous man and he always kept in touch with me through the years after grade school. Can you imagine receiving a birthday card from your grade school teacher for over 40 years!!! He never missed my birthday and I know he sent birthday cards to countless numbers of former students. Trivia was his passion. He was good at it and enjoyed the weekly trivia contests with his friends. I will miss his him at the trivia events and his yearly birthday greetings. Rest in Peace Jack.

  • Waterloo
  • IL

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