Ocean City Today

Joan Couzens Sauer

Apr 13, 2017
Joan Couzens Sauer

printed 04/14/2017

Ocean City

Joan Couzens Sauer, age 89, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Chesapeake Manor Assisted Living in Willards.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Gertrude Baker Couzens.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, John J. Sauer, Sr., and children, Regina M. Cusson and her husband, John, John J. Sauer, Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Mary Rose Hueg and her husband, Donnie, Joan M. Campbell, and Jeffrey M. Sauer and his wife, Sharon.

She was an adored grandmother to Jonathan, Benjamin, Christopher, Kate, Eric, Billy, Christina, Nathan and Ryan, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas F. Couzens.

Mrs. Sauer was the poet laureate of Ocean City and an award-winning Haiku author. She shared her poetry and love of reading with numerous civic and educational organizations, publishing an annual Christmas poem.

She was actively engaged in Ocean City civic and community organizations, serving as president of the Ocean City Women’s Club, secretary of the Life-Saving Station Museum board, and membership in numerous other groups. She was an active member of Holy Savior Parish, singing in the choir and serving as a Eucharistic minister and lector.

She was fortunate to reside at Chesapeake Manor Assisted Living facility at the end of her life, where she was so beloved by the staff that they fondly nick-named her “Joanie.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. Rev William Mathesius will officiate. Friends may call Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Interment will be in Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock Maryland, on April 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. A luncheon for friends and relatives will be provided after the service.

A donation in her memory may be made to: Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733 Salisbury, Maryland 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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