Walli Luise Poepel Sanger

06/30/1933 ~ 06/22/2013

SangerWalliYoungWalli Luise Poepel Sanger, age 79, passed away peacefully at her daughter Eve’s home in Spring City, Utah on Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was born on June 30, 1933 in Schweidnitz, Silesia, Germany to Herbert Gotthard Waldemar Poepel and Frieda Klara Kusber.

Walli married Horst Guenther Fiedel on May 18, 1955 in Offenbach a/Main, Germany. Together they immigrated to the United States in January of 1956, settling in the Salt Lake Valley. They had four children, Evelyn, Susan, Raymond and Ronald. They divorced in 1971. Walli married Reed H Martin on March 10, 1973 in Salt Lake City. They moved to Spring City, Utah in 1976 and built a beautiful log home. Reed passed away in 1982. She married Lawrence James Sanger on January 3, 1987 in Tooele, Utah. They were sealed in the Manti Temple December 31, 2005. Larry passed away in 2010.

Walli outlived three husbands and had more than her share of tribulation and hardships; she grew up in Germany during World War II and experienced numerous health challenges, especially in her later years. In spite of all the obstacles, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States, completed her GED requirements, became a Medical Assistant, graduated from Snow College with an Associates Degree and finally, at the age of 50, graduated with a Bachelors degree in German from BYU.

Walli taught her children how to set goals and persevere with faith in God. She served as a full-time missionary in Germany at the age of 19 and remained a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an incredible cook and master baker of German specialties. Walli taught her children how to work hard and live life with integrity. She sacrificed so much for the well-being of her children and posterity. She left a lasting legacy of faith and devotion to family. Walli was active in her community of Spring City and Sanpete County, and frequently brought home-cooked meals with a cheerful visit to those in need. Although she couldn’t reach her goal to be here on Earth until her 80th birthday, we know she is celebrating with her friends and family on the other side. Happy Birthday Mom!

Walli is survived by her siblings, Guenter (Helga) Poepel, Offenbach a/Main, Germany) and Erika (Manfred) Fiedel, Riverton, UT; and her children, Eve (Lance) Martin, Spring City, UT; Susan (Robert) Sorensen, Westminster, Colorado; Ray (Juli) Fiedel, Taylorsville, UT; Ron (Laurie) Fiedel, Sandy, Utah; 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, older sister, Margot Niedermeier, and her sweetheart, Larry Sanger.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:00 am in the historic rock LDS Chapel in Spring City, UT. Viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 am at the same location. Interment will be in the Spring City Cemetery. Online condolence at rasmussenmortuary.com

5 Responses to “Walli Luise Poepel Sanger”

  1. Kimberly says:

    I would like to offer my condolences to the family. When we lose a loved one in death, it is indeed a great trial for us. But we can be assured that we will see our loved ones again. Please read Acts 14:15. This gives us the assurance that our dead loved ones will be resurrected as happy and healthy people again! Thanks. :)

  2. Kimberly says:

    Correction Acts 24:15

  3. Kaye Watson says:

    To Eve & family, death in this case is a blessing but it’s always a mixed bag. My sister in law and I were Walli’s visiting teachers for a while many years ago. We enjoyed her tales of Germany and so on, commiserated with her during her college days. I enjoyed hearing her remarks in Relief Society and still miss that. I have been sad as I watched her failing health and then missed seeing her. Eve, your family had quite the mother who had great challenges in her life & set you high standards for accomplishment. I am thinking of you and your family all the while being sad for myself.

  4. Pat Ellsworth says:

    What a woman your mom and grandmother was! How fortunate she was to have family close by who cared for her so lovingly as her health failed. She left you all a wonderful legacy of dedication, service, determination and perserverance. I’m grateful to have know her. May God bless you all with peace, hope and comfort.
    Pat Ellsworth

  5. JoAnn Christiansen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great friend to me and I’m glad I got to know her. I remember one Sunday when I was very nervous to accompany a musical number. I saw her in the hall and she could sense how I was feeling. She took me aside and asked me what was wrong. I expressed to her my anxiety. She took me by the shoulders and told me that I was the best person to play that piece and that I should have confidence. The number went well and I’ll never forget her encouragement. I hope you will feel the comfort that comes from knowing you will see her again.