Obituary: Barbara Sanner

Barbara Sanner, 88, of Hamlin, died Sunday evening, May 8, 2022, at Maple Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She previously had been a resident of Vintage Park Assisted Living in Hiawatha.

Barbara was born April 14, 1934, in Brown County, one of eight children born to Salem and Minnie Lanning Sweezy, and was proud to call Hamlin home her entire life. She attended schools there, later graduating from High School, prior to graduating from Highland Community Junior College.

Before she was married, Barb worked at the Morrill and Janes Bank in Hiawatha for a short time. Barb was a homemaker, but most importantly was devoted to family. She enjoyed raising a big garden and flowers.

She married Herbert Sanner on Oct. 10, 1954, at Morrill Baptist Church. Barb was the book keeper for his dozer business, Herbert Sanner Construction. To this union, two sons were born, Gary and Kurt. In later years, she enjoyed transplanting for Hiawatha Wholesale Greenhouse for a number of years.

Herb died March 6, 2013. Barb was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kurt in February 2022; and all of her siblings, Calvin, Maxine, Patti, Ethel, Margie, Pauline and Dennis.

Survivors include her son, Gary; daughter-in-law, DeAun Sanner; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Inurnment will be at Hamlin Cemetery. Register book will be available to sign during office hours until Tuesday. The family will visit with friends one hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Barbara Sanner Memorial Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., 66434. A special message or note of remembrance may be sent to the family at

The Sabetha Herald 5/11/2022


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