Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN
320-679-1933

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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

GEOFFREY “JEFF” SAARI

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Jeff Saari, of Mora, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  He was 79 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Pastor Dean Oelfke officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021 at the funeral home; as well as one hour prior to the service.

Geoffrey “Jeff” Willard Saari, of Mora, died on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was 79 years old.

Geoffrey, lovingly known as Jeff, was born on February 14, 1942 to William and Helmi (Pesola) Saari at Lake Pokegema Hospital. The family moved to Sleepy Eye when Jeff was in fourth grade. He graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1960. While in high school he was part of a nationally ranked Drum and Bugle Corp. He then attended Augsburg College, graduating in 1964 and later went on to achieve his Master’s and Specialist Degrees.

Jeff was married to Dianne Swanson in 1963 and they were blessed with four children.

Jeff was a band director at Mora, Minnesota. The band was selected to participate at the World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada in 1967. Jeff later became a school administrator in Milaca and Sartell. He received an award as administrator of the year. He directed church choirs during his college years and later at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora for 35 years. Jeff had a strong faith in God and served a term as president of congregation and on other various church committees over the years.

Jeff is preceded in death by his parents.

Jeff is survived by his wife Dianne; children, Michael, Steve (Karen), Janel and Kristin (Scott) Pasternack; grandchildren, Erin, Chad, Jasmine, Owen, Tanner, Alyssa and Hannah; great grandchildren, Nicole and Isaiah; brothers, Mark (Deanne) and Dan (Cher); as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

14 thoughts on “GEOFFREY “JEFF” SAARI”

  1. I’m so so sorry to hear about Mr. Saari’s passing! He was one of my two favorite teachers, and I can thank him for giving me a great love and passion for music. Thank you, Mr. Saari! You were one of the best!

  2. So sorry to hear of Jeff’s death. He was a great friend to our family. He will be missed.

  3. Saari Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Life has been difficult for him these last couple of years but that doesn’t diminish your loss. May he rest safely in Jesus’ arms.

  4. Saari Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I remember working with him on the prom and Senion skip days and graduation programs. He was a very easy person to work with. I know why students like him.
    He is the band director in heaven now.

  5. I am so so sorry! Mr Saari was my favorite teacher. Although I have not seen him since graduation I miss him already. He was a great teacher and great man.

  6. Dear Diane and Family, so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God be with you. Roger & Elva Anderson

  7. Saari Family; Ginny and I are sending our good thoughts and prays to all of you!!! The Saari’s were great neighbors and we did enjoy the porch conversations we had over the years. We were also privileged to complete an addition and remodel to their home on Woodland Street and they were such a joy to work with during and after the project. Since we moved out of the neighborhood several years ago we have missed the Saari’s, although Jeff would call sometimes and we would have a great conversation. God Bless and continued prayers for the family!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Jeff was a wonderful person. Always friendly and greeted everyone with a smile. He will be missed at church and in the community. Condolences to the Saari family.

  9. My condolences to the Saari family. We remember Jeff as a fun band director that my kids loved and who put on great pop concerts. My son Steve mentioned those times years later and I’m hoping he got to connect with him in heaven.

  10. You have our deepest sympathy in your recent loss of Jeff. Thoughts and prayers sent your way!

    Alan & Linda Andersen

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