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Phyllis Saupe, 81

Phyllis Alice Saupe, 81, of Red Wing, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, at her home at Hi-Park Villa.

She was born June 23, 1932, in Lake City, to Charles and Ethel (Berg) Reinhard. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City and from Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. She worked as a secretary at Honeywell and for Wabasha County.

She met her husband Robert on a blind date and the two were married June 19, 1954, in Red Wing. The couple lived in Wacouta and later moved to Red Wing where Robert owned and operated the Driftwood Lounge. After their retirement they moved to Hager City where they resided for 25 wonderful years by the back channel of the Mississippi. Robert passed away on Jan. 2, 2013. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She loved crocheting and was a Scrabble wiz. She also enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Phyllis had an indomitable spirit of optimism and will be remembered for her vivacious laugh.

She is survived by three adoring children, Denise Saupe of Minneapolis, Wendy Danzeisen of White Bear Lake and Craig Saupe of Kauai, Hawaii; one brother, Richard (Jean) Reinhard of Lake City; one sister, Marjorie Stroot of New Richmond, Wis.: and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and two sisters, Delores Schafer and Mary Nibbe.

Graveside service will be at 12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Wacouta Cemetery with Pastor Todd Engel officiating. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn chapel.