Sarah Lander, 92

Sarah Jane Fuqua Lander, 92, LaFontaine, passed away peacefully in her home at 1:32 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, and is now walking with Jesus down home, along the water that she loved!

Born on Sept. 11, 1925, in Hardinsburg, Ky., to the late James and Bessie (Bruce) Fuqua, Sarah grew up on a farm with 11 brothers and sisters.  She later moved to Gas City in 1945 to work for Owens-Illinois Glass Company.  She also worked for Jones Nursing Home, Marion General Hospital, and General Tire.  She was a member of Church of Christ at Treaty for over 40 years.

On June 22, 1950, Sarah married Philip Lander and they had three children, Mary Frances, Sharon, and Judith.  She loved gardening and giving food to other people, mowing fields, fishing with her family, and gifting crocheted blankets that she handmade.  Without ever having any piano lessons, she played numerous church hymns on her piano.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Myron “Pete”) Peterson, LaFontaine; two sisters, Mildred Morris, Gas City, and Lillian Keller, New Lennox, Ill.; three grandchildren, Rebecca (Vincent) Faulstich, Huntington, Kimberly (David) Dempsey, Marion, and Philip (Mariah) Peterson, LaFontaine; five great-grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Cody, Kayla, and Michael; five great-great-grandchildren, Levi, Lennon, Kensi, Kennedy, and Dakota; and good friends, Betty Smith, Wabash, and Dee Harris, LaFontaine.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 66 years, Philip, as well as two daughters, Mary Frances Lander and Judith Horner, and nine brothers and sisters.

The family will receive visitors from  noon to 1 p.m. with Sarah’s funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion.  Pastor Ryan Weaver will be officiating with burial following at Van Buren Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kindred Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.

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Posted on 2018 May 01