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Michael Sanders

Michael R. "Satch" Sanders

Friday, June 18th, 1948 - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Obituary

Michael R. "Satch" Sanders, 71, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at his home in Fort Wayne. He was born on June 18, 1948, the son of Roy and Margaret Sanders who preceded him in death. He was a 1966 graduate of Edgerton High School and then earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from St. Francis College. He married Jenny (Wisler) Sanders on September 16, 1978, and together they had six wonderful children, of whom he was incredibly proud. He was a math teacher and coach for Fort Wayne Community Schools for 33 years. He also built a successful painting company during that time, which provided all of his children and many of their friends the opportunity for summer employment. In 2003, he retired from teaching, but he continued to coach and focused his energy on Sanders Painting.

Satch was always a master in the kitchen, and he could really make your taste buds sing with a little Lawry's and Mrs. Dash. He loved making the perfect drink for each guest, as long as it was an old fashioned or a milkshake - his two specialties. In his retirement, Satch developed a love for fishing (mostly from land) and was excited about improving his fly fishing skills. He also enjoyed treating friends and family at his Day After Christmas Breakfasts, relaxing at Orange Beach each spring with a nose warmer in hand, growing too many vegetables every summer, and watching the birds eat from his feeders. Most of all, though, he delighted in the time he spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny of Fort Wayne; children, Charlie (Jordan) Sanders of Carmel, IN, Molly (Jared) Kurtz of Ossian, IN, Erin (Zach) Hitzfield of Markle, IN, Joel (Liz) Sanders of Ft. Wayne, IN, Leah (Andrew) Johnson of Indianapolis, IN, and Kurt (Mackenzie) Sanders of Ft. Wayne, IN; 17 grandchildren; siblings Marty (Rich) Esoldo, Rita (Clet) Herman, and Doug (Sandy) Sanders.

Mass of Christian Resurrection is 10:30 am, Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Rd, with calling one hour prior. Calling also Friday, January 3, 2020 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm with a Time of Remembrance at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Community Harvest Food Bank. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fairhavenfortwayne.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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    Break from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Time of Remembrance 7:00 pm
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    Address
    4916 Trier Road
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    Address
    4916 Trier Road
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815
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The Swenson Family

Posted at 08:31pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Kathy, Lucas and Nicolas Shellhammer

Posted at 11:21am
This memorial tree is in honor of Satch, and will grow into the future, nurturing the environment for years to come. From the Shellhammer family.
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Roberta Tennant

Posted at 10:40pm
The Sanders family please accept my deepest sympathies during this time of your loss. My heart and prayers are with you.
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Todd Swenson

Posted at 06:22pm
I don't see my last memory so my apologies if it loads twice. My memory of Mike is that on year 4 or 5 Mike joined my tailgate group. Mike was always up on time to help me to get ready for the day. In addition to our dinner out the night before with Bruce Vincent, Satc h always brought the moonshine of the week to pass. This moonshine was a much anticipated drink of several of our friends. One in particular was our friend Paul Weith who passed a few months before Satch. Those two always shared a drink or 2. They always drove together to the game. I know they are sharing a much deserved drink in heaven. Fellas I will meet you in heaven!



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Roger & Ellie Trahin

Posted at 05:16pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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