Lanette Jane Death, Obituary – It’s hard for me to express how I feel about this. On Saturday, June 3rd, our mother, Lanette Jane (Werkman) Saathoff, died away in a sudden and unexpected manner. How do you say goodbye to the person who has been your most loyal supporter and fan? She was there for us at all times, no matter where we were or what we were doing, no matter where she was.
However, despite this, she was still capable of being our harshest critic since she never allowed us to settle for anything less than our best work and kept us accountable to the level that she established. When I reflect back, I cannot recall a single instance in which our parents did not back a choice that we made or assist us in achieving anything that we desired.
The only thing that was expected of us was to finish what we started and give whatever it was that we were working on 110% of our ability. I am unable to state that I was ever taught or brought up to feel that we were in any way superior to other people. However, we were supposed to be better than that by demonstrating humility, respecting the dignity of others, and acting like the more responsible party in any given situation.
There are no words to describe the hole that has been created in our lives. I can state without a doubt that I would not be the person I am today if it were not for their influence and the fact that my siblings served as examples to look up to.
On the 8th of June, from 4 until 7 in the evening, there will be a visitation held in Grundy Center, Iowa, in honor of our mother and in celebration of her life. On the 9th of June, at 9:30 in the morning, there will be a funeral ceremony performed at American Lutheran in Grundy Center.