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Elizabeth Ellen Sauerland (Ivins) passed away peacefully February 21st, 2021. Aged 85 years. Loving wife of Franz L. Sauerland (Chagrin Falls, Ohio); beloved mother of Paul and John Sauerland (Shaker Heights), and Robert Sauerland (Cincinnati); loving grandmother of Megan (Bryan) Flaherty, Adam, Alena, Charles, Joseph, Theodore, William, Mark and Jeffery Sauerland and Lucas and Aaron Carrion; great-grandmother of William Flaherty. She is survived by her sister Patricia Foster (Milwaukee), and brother Benjamin F.P. Ivins II (Bethesda, MD).
Beth was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the first born child of Marianna (Boesel) and Frederick D. Ivins. She attended Milwaukee-Downer Seminary (now University School of Milwaukee) and Christ Episcopal Church, later earning degrees from Denison University and Teachers College, Columbia University. After marrying and while raising their three boys, she aided her husband Franz in the development and management of Transat International, Inc., in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Beth enjoyed playing tennis and piano, and traveling. After their move to Chagrin Falls in 1984, she joined the hand-bell choir at Federated Church, and became involved in charity work and philanthropy. She was deeply committed to fairness, and faithful to her mother Marianna's desire that we “be ever mindful of the needs of others.”
A memorial gathering will be arranged for the coming summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Life Collaborative, coordinated by the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, P.O. Box 23368 Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, Attn: Anne Burr.
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