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.