Florence Saeger Memorial

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:30 am

In Remembrance of

Florence Saeger

January 11, 1938– July 2, 2022

A Celebration of Life in Our Lord

JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE FLO’S LIFE TOGETHER

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PRELUDE Sheep May Safely Graze – Johann Sebastian Bach

OPENING BLESSING

Please rise as you are able.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation, who is present in all times and all places, and who comforts us in all our sorrows so that we can comfort others in their sorrows. Surround us who mourn with your comfort, that we may offer your comfort to one another.

Thanks be to God.

When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death.  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Please be seated.

EULOGIES Deb Saeger (daughter) and Steve Saeger (son)

Please rise as you are able.

OPENING HYMN ELW 422 For All the Saints

GREETING AND PRAYER OF THE DAY

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us pray. O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our sister, Florence.  We thank you for giving her to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth.  In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn.  In the midst of pain and grief, give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Please be seated.

THE WORD

Reader: Samuel Johnson-Saeger (grandson)

First Reading Isaiah 43:1-3 

The First Reading is from Isaiah, the forty-third chapter.

1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Reader: Ruth Reko (friend)

Psalm 116  Verses 12-19

We will read the psalm responsively.

12 What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem.

Reader: Peter Saeger (nephew)

Second Reading Colossians 3:12-17 (Vic & Flo’s wedding text)

The Second Reading is from Colossians, the third chapter.

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please rise as you are able.

Reader: Pastor James Klockau, Grace Lutheran Church, Astoria, NY (nephew)

Gospel Matthew 5:1-9 

A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

HYMN ELW 732 Borning Cry

Please be seated.

HOMILY Pastor James Klockau

CHOIR ANTHEM ELW 787 On Eagle’s Wings

Please rise as you are able.

APOSTLES’ CREED 

We are made children of God through baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Prayer Leader: Mark Roock

Let us pray. 
Each petition concludes, Lord, in your mercy, and the congregation responds Hear our prayer.

Lord God, we give thanks for the life you give that reveals itself in all of creation in this world that we share, the living creatures of sea, land and air, the plants that sustain us in our journey through life and death and beyond. May we rejoice in the beauty that surrounds us, and be faithful and responsible stewards of these your gifts so that all may know your loving and creative abundance. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord God, we pray for the well-being of all those who are nearing the final stages of their sojourn here on earth, just as we all participate in that great life cycle. May their last days be filled with peace and joy, that their end and ours may be blessed with the vision of God. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord God, we pray for those who live with mental and physical illnesses, and all those who care for and love them. We pray that they would feel your grace and acceptance and the grace and understanding of those around them. Surround them and those who love them with your healing and peace. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord God, give us the strength and courage to live our lives as Flo lived hers: with purpose, empathy, compassion, love, and faith. To be advocates for peace, equity, and justice and to set an example for others that follow behind us. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of all, we give thanks for the gift of Flo’s life with us. Surround Flo’s family and all who knew her with your love in their grief, as they remember the gift of Flo’s presence. We celebrate Flo’s life in you, trusting that although her life with us has ended, in Christ she lives in your love, joy and peace forever. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of all grace, hear the prayers we have offered, and the prayers of all of your children throughout the world, one God, now and forever. Amen

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray

Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
 For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN S204a Glory Be to God in Heaven 

COMMENDATION

Let us commend Florence to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Florence, as she rests with you, where she will never again be alone.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.

Receive her into the loving arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

BENEDICTION AND DISMISSAL

May God bless you and keep you;
May God’s face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May God look upon you with favor and give you peace!

Let us go out from here in the hope of Christ. Thanks be to God!

We invite you to be seated and enjoy the organ music that Flo loved, and then greet the family and join us for lunch in the Fellowship Hall.

POSTLUDE Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (Dorian)- Johann Sebastian Bach

Flo’s family would like to express our gratitude for all the love, sympathy, and prayers we have received during this time. We are also deeply appreciative to  those attending today, and to the individuals who helped us plan and carry out this service in honor of Flo’s memory.

Presiding Minister: Reverend Meagan McLaughlin
Preacher: Pastor James Klockau
Assisting Minister: Mark Roock
Readers: Samuel Johnson-Saeger, Ruth Reko, Peter Saeger
Key Person: Jon Heerboth
Organist: Mark Ruff
Musicians: Christ Choir and Director Diane Drollinger
Usher: Susan DeBusk
Technical Host: Mike Wagner
Pall Bearers: Deb Saeger, Steve Saeger

FLORENCE SAEGER

Florence Ruth Saeger (née Schaal) died at the age of 84 in her Laclede Groves home in Webster Groves, MO on July 2.

Flo was born on January 11, 1938, in San Antonio, TX to Frederick and Renata Schaal (née Kieschnick). She graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and attended Concordia Teachers’ College in Seward, NE, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960.  In 1990, she earned her Master of Science degree in Management from National-Louis University. 

Flo was married to her husband, Vic, for nearly 58 years, and together they raised two children, Deborah (now of Madison, WI) and Steven (now of Washington, D.C.) in Kirkwood, MO.  Flo taught elementary school prior to starting a family, then volunteered in a variety of roles while raising her children.  She returned to full-time employment at BJC Healthcare, first as a trainer, and subsequently as an organizational specialist.

Flo gave generously of her time and talents, serving on the boards of the Great Rivers and Central State Synods, and assuming leadership roles at Luther Memorial Church, Christ Lutheran Church, Metro-St. Louis Lutheran Coalition, International Partners in Mission (IPM), and the Laclede Oaks Community Association. She and Vic also delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 years.  After her retirement, she also traveled extensively with Vic, visiting five of the seven continents with memorable trips to China, Kenya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal, many European countries, and multiple trips to Australia to visit relatives.  Many of these were not purely sight-seeing trips, but opportunities for Flo to foster the more compassionate, equitable, just, and peaceful world that she believed in so strongly.

Prior to moving to Laclede Groves Senior Living Community, Flo could often be found in her garden, which she tended with the same care and love she devoted to her family.  Her celebrated homegrown tomatoes were shared widely, and her homemade applesauce and Christmas cookies were particularly popular with her children and grandson.  She brought her garage sale prowess to Laclede Groves, where she enjoyed volunteering in the Wise Buys re-sale shop (and occasionally finding bargains of her own).  Flo was a voracious reader of mysteries and historical fiction until the end of her life and was an avid viewer of the PBS News Hour, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and Masterpiece Theater in equal measure.

Flo is survived by her daughter Deb (Chris), son Steve, grandson Sam, sisters Rose and Linda (Carl), brother-in-law Rich (Sandy), many nephews and nieces, and countless others who knew her kindness, compassion, and love.  She was preceded in death by her husband Vic, her parents, brothers-in-law Jack, Ron, John, Keith, and Donnie, and sisters-in-law Charlotte and Lorraine.

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