In memory of

Corrinne Sageser

September 12, 1934 - November 23, 2018
From: Sac City, IA
Corrinne Sageser

Corrinne Sageser

Born: September 12, 1934
Died: November 23, 2018
Age: 84
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Corrinne Violet Sageser, age 84, of Sac City,  IA passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2018, at Park View Care Center

Corrinne was born September 12, 1934 in Lake View, IA to C. Frederick and Viola (Degner) Nelsen.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Lake View, and graduated from Lake View High School.

Corrinne was united in marriage to Dwayne Sageser in the Methodist Church in Lake View on December 26, 1951.  They were blessed with 2 children, Peggy and Lyle, and nearly 67 years of marriage.

They made their home in Sac City.  Family was very important to Corrinne and she cherished the time they spent together, with fond memories of family vacations and activities.  Corrinne was a child care provider for several years.  She cared for and loved all the children as her own. 

Her high school class reunions were always important to her.  She looked forward to them and rarely missed any.  As a member of the United Methodist Church in Sac City, she was active in UMW and taught Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed volunteering her time at Park View Care Center. 

She is survived by her devoted husband Dwayne, daughter Peggy (Joe) Pitts of Ankeny, IA; son Lyle (Christine) Sageser of Knoxville, TN; 4 grandchildren, Amy (Ronnie) Johnson of Bonaire, GA; Carrie (Adam) Sitzmann of Chicago, IL; Andrew (Kristen) Sageser of McKinney, TX; and Beth (Stephen) Martin of Mt. Juliet, TN.  3 great-grandsons, Chase Johnson, Logan Sageser and Grayson Sitzmann.  Two sisters, Wanda (Greg) McClintock of Tucson, AZ, Nova Lorenzen of Riverside, MO, and 2 sisters-in-law Marlene Nelsen of Milford, IA and Joyce Lamaak of Wall Lake, IA.  Many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Corrinne was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law Louis (Barbara) Nelsen, brother Edwin Nelsen, sister Phyllis Graham, nephew Phillip Graham and brother-in-law Larry Lorenzen.

Services will be held at a later date.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM
“Grandma, you are greatly missed! I was doing some more Christmas decorating tonight and thought of you when I came across the mistletoe you gave to me years ago. I stopped and told your great-grandson, Grayson, all about it.

Grandma, you were a compassionate, selfless, and creative person. Your heart and generosity knew no bounds, and you donated so much time to others. With your love and guidance over the years, you helped mold me into the strong, independent woman and mom I am today.

The memories are endless. The long car trips all over the country…I will never forget the time the air conditioner went out and how you would make us eat grapes if we got thirsty – less bathroom stops! The summers and holidays at your house – bible school, visiting the Ben Franklin store to buy various crafts, the tours of homes decorated for Christmas, the dinners at The Depot and The Villager, making afghans (and picking out my own yarn colors!), growing up with your daycare kids, planting flowers. Just to name a few.

And the love you extended to my husband, Adam. I will never forget the time you jokingly gave him the serving fork during a Thanksgiving dinner and he began eating with it not even realizing it was the huge serving fork! And the time he reenacted a scene from the movie Ghost at a train station in downtown Chicago at midnight. He made you laugh to tears.

I can’t be more thankful that you were able to meet your great-grandson, Grayson. I will forever remember our last visit with you, him playing you a song on the piano and the memory of you kissing little Grayson on the cheek when we said goodbye.

Grandma, I will continue to cherish every memory from the years I was blessed to spend with you. But here we are now, grandma. Not to be saddened by your passing, but to celebrate the life you had and specifically the life I shared with you. As you may no longer be with us, the memories of you will live on forever.

We love you and miss you!

Love, your granddaughter Carrie, her husband Adam, and your great-grandson Grayson
- Carrie Sitzmann
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:03 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Corrine's family. She was a very special part of my childhood and all though school.”
- Lynn Ramsey
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM
“Sorry to hear of Corrine's passing. We always enjoyed our class reunions & our local class members getting together at the Hayeloft for friendship & fun. You have our deepest sympathy.”
- Ed & Mairlys Rehm
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:54 AM
“What a great mother-in-law! I have fond memories of her, especially with us on road trips visiting family members and vacations. We traveled throughout the Midwest and beyond , and a lot of them by car where she always sat behind me (what a great backseat driver) with a road atlas in hand charting our destinations. There were always Tupperware containers filled with snacks, to keep me well fed and awake!
She was always willing to go to new places and try new things!
Mom, you will be missed but not forgotten. You will always be my backseat driver!”
- Joe Pitts
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“Our deepest condolences to Dwayne, Peggy, Lyle & the rest of Corrine's family. Hold tight to the memories you all share. Hugs to all”
- Mark & Faith Worrell & Family
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“I will miss you, Gramma. You always had a way of making me laugh and I will cherish the memories we shared. ”
- Beth Martin (Sageser)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“Corrinne such a lovely Sweet lady and friend to my mother will be missed . Sympathy to the family .
- John & Teresa Adams
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“Describing Corrinne as my babysitter does not do our relationship justice, though she was my childcare provider from the time I was a baby until second grade. Corrinne was the source of countless games of UNO, lemon drops and 7 UP and a warm afghan when I was sick, buttered sliced bread at every lunch, and sour rhubarb from the garden dipped in sugar when spring rolled around. She taught me the words to “Jesus Loves Me,” carried dozens (perhaps hundreds) of children’s books back and forth from the library on my behalf, and made me laugh as a baby by singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider while mimicking a tickly spider crawling up my arm. When I dropped the huge icicle that I’d been waiting all winter to bring from home to show her, smashing it into a million pieces on the brick sidewalk outside her home, she taught me to find beauty in the smaller icicles hanging from her front awning.

Years after I’d outgrown the need for a babysitter, Corrinne was a steady influence in my life, a friendly face in the audience of various adolescent events and performances, the person giving me a wink and $5 with instructions to go buy myself some ice cream when she ran into me during my high school years, and one of my prioritized stops to say hello during nearly every trip home from faraway places at Christmas. At my high school graduation, aware that I was heading to the west coast to be a small fish in a big pond, Corrinne gave me a print of the poem “Iowa Child” by Sarah Hall Maney. It still hangs on my wall. In a world that often tries to tell me that I need to do or be more, richer or thinner or smarter or more successful, Corrinne loved me, an Iowa child, into believing the message of that poem: I am enough.

When I found out I was pregnant this spring, one of the first cards I bought was for her. I clipped one of the ultrasound photos out and stuck it in the card, intending to send it to her. I never sent it. That kills me now. I had every intention to stop by for a visit, my new daughter in my arms, to surprise Corrinne. The fact that the lives of my daughter and Corrinne will never quite overlap, that I will never have the opportunity to introduce them, breaks my heart. But my daughter will know Corrinne in a different way – through UNO games and lemon drops and children’s books and songs. If I manage to do this right, my daughter will come to believe what Corrinne taught me to believe: she is a beloved child and she is enough. That is my greatest aspiration and Corrinne’s legacy.

Love and sympathy to all of Corrinne's family. I will be thinking of you all, and I won't ever forget her.”
- Kate Nuehring Su
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“I truly believe Corrinne's impact on our daughter was second only to ours, and we couldn't have asked for a better care giver for Kate and mentor to us as first time parents. Her memory will live on not only through her family who she dearly loved and was devoted to, but also through the many Sac City children whose lives she touched. Corrinne leaves quite a legacy and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Sagy and family.”
- Izzy and Alan Nuehring
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 12:59 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Corrinne was such a nice neighbor. We will miss her smile.”
- Terry & Vickie Girard
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Corrinne will be missed at the Alumni banquets. She was a classmate to my mother and they had times when the classmates would get together and visit. When seeing Corrinne in various venues, she would always sincerely inquire about my mother. She was a wonderful friend. My God wrap his loving arms about the family as they mourn her passing. ”
- Susan (Fredrichs) Barney
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Corrinne was such a great neighbor for many years. She will be missed by many. Sympathy to all the family”
- Floyd and Marge Bihrer
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Am sorry to hear of Corrines passing. She was a good friend and classmate. on behave of the class of 1952 we extend our sympathy to her family..
- Shirley Ohden
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Corinne was such a lovely and sweet person. Talked to her many times when I took my dad, Robert, to class reunions. It was a delight to visit with her and Dwayne. Dad and I are so very saddened by her loss. Wishing you comfort in God's peace.”
- Christy Rickers
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“"The ones that love us never really leave us." We will always miss Grandma but keep her love in our hearts and thoughts.
-Andrew, Kristen and Logan”
- Andrew Sageser
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1:42 PM
“What a wonderful woman of faith and prayer. She cared so much about church people and loved spreading joy and laughter. I loved it my first Christmas here in Sac City when Corrine and Dwayne brought me oranges because I was over whelmed with dozens of sweets. My deepest sympathy and empathy to the entire family. ”
- Pastor Missy Brown
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:14 AM
“I will miss everything about you, Grandma. But you carry on in my heart and memories. ”
- Amy Johnson
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:14 AM
“Sincere sympathy to Dwayne, Peggy and Lyle at a loss of a very special person. Remember the memories , we will miss her as she was a very special cousin. Another angel is in heaven. ”
- Charlotte and Gerald Tripp
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:14 AM
“You & CorrinNE were a very special couple . Always attending any relatives events . I'm sure her smile will be missed but keep yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you . ”
- Roxy Rubendall
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