November 9, 1938 - September 13, 2017
Service Date: September 16, 2017
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Homes
Cemetery Mt. Olivet Cemetery
- Visitation: 10:30-11:30a, Saturday, September 16, 2017, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, MO
- Memorial Service: 11:30a, Saturday, September 16, 2017, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, MO
- Private burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date
Ellen Saathoff, age 78, went to be with her Lord on September 13, 2017.
Visitation will be 10:30-11:30 am Saturday, September 16, 2017, with Memorial Service to follow at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, MO. Private burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date.
She was born Ellen Ingeborg Dahlbeck to Swedish immigrants, Eric Dahlbeck and Elin (Carlson) Dahlbeck on November 9, 1938, in Omaha, NE. She was the middle of five children. After graduating from Benson High School in 1956, she worked for three years, took a few college classes at Omaha University and attended modeling school before meeting her first husband, Lester Strahl. Together they had four children and a stepson. Lester died when the children were half grown and two years later Ellen met and married Arnold Saathoff, who was raising 6 children and a stepson. Between them they had twelve children.
During the child rearing years, Ellen worked only as the family needed it, doing mostly clerical work. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and gardening. She especially enjoyed and had a special talent for designing and creating stage sets for church productions and other community events.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, brothers William Dahlbeck and David Dahlbeck, and her sons Brian Saathoff and Mark Saathoff. She is survived by her husband, Arnold Saathoff, her children: Jim (Karen) Strahl, Mike Crandall, Randy (Lynn) Saathoff, Laura (Chris) Rice, Dave (Jill) Saathoff, Heidi Swartz, Timm (Tina) Strahl, Mike (Kate) Strahl, Cindy (Doug) Petersen, Ted (Toni) Saathoff, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister LaVerne Middendorf, brother Eric (Eunice) Dahlbeck, sisters-in-law Barbara Dahlbeck and Nancy Dahlbeck, a host of nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Her deepest desire was to see all of them in Heaven.