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Verna Sauer, age 86 of New Rockford, ND passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND.

On May 6, 1937, John and Ella Hanson (Rude) welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Verna Mae. Verna grew up in rural Hamar, attending the Hamar Public School graduating in 1955. Throughout high school, she partook in many clubs such as Home Economics which led to her love for cooking and sewing later in life.

After graduating, Verna decided to move to Devils Lake, ND and started a job at a restaurant there. This is where she met her best friend, James Ziebart. They were married in 1957 and spent 25 happy years when James passed in 1982. During these 25 years, they were blessed with two boys, Brandon, and Faron. She was very passionate about serving her community. She later worked at the Lutheran Home of Good Shepherd, the NDSU Research Center, as well as the Bison Plant. Later in life, she met her companion and husband Earl Sauer. They were married in 1983, blessing Verna with three step-children Stacy, Tammy, and Joe.

Verna took enjoyment in cooking, the outdoors, feeding her birds, and spending time with her grandchildren. She had a special hand for gardening and took pride in watching her beautiful flowers grow. She enjoyed spending time outdoors Verna loved attending her women’s church group at the Warwick Lutheran Church.

Verna is survived by her children, Brandon (Annette) Ziebart; step-children, Tammy (Gary) Neis, and Joe (Tammy) Sauer; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Verna is preceded in death by her husbands, James Ziebart and Earl Sauer; son, Faron Ziebart; step-daughter, Stacy Miller; parents, John and Ella Hanson (Rude); brothers, Myron Hanson, and Darroll Hanson; sister, Averiel Enger; brother-in-law, Rodger Enger and sister-in-law, Belva Hanson.

Verna will be deeply missed by many but her memory lives on in our hearts, as we know she is rejoicing with James and Earl.


Verna’s Visitation will be on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 9:30-10:30 AM followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM all at Warwick Lutheran Church, Warwick, ND.

Her Burial will be at the Warwick Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Ziebart and Sauer families
    So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. Prayers are with each and everyone of Verna’s family.
    Kathy and Corey Lesmeister

  2. Sorry to hear of Verna’s passing, prayers.

  3. Sorry for your loss. Verna was one of my best friends in High School. We kept in touch through the years until recently. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  4. Our sympathies on the passing of your mother Verna. She was always a gentle woman with such a sweet disposition!

  5. So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. She was my friend since high school, but we has lost touch. My sympathy to her family.

  6. My deepest sympathies to Verna’s family. She was a lovely lady inside and out.

  7. So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. She was always so kind and patient, I remember well when she and Earl would come into the cafe when I was waiting tables – both just very very nice people. I pray your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  8. So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. She was such a great lady! Hugs and prayers to the Ziebart and Sauer families! ❤️🙏


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