These Legionnaires have left this Post and Graduated to post Everlasting this Year.
OCEAN CITY - John Joseph Sauer Sr., age 95, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Catered Living in Ocean Pines MD. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Louis Sauer and Bernadette McGonigal Sauer. He is survived by his children Regina M. Cusson and her husband John, John J. Sauer, Jr. and his wife Debbie, Mary Rose Hueg and her husband Donnie, Joan M. Campbell and Jeffrey M. Sauer and his wife Sharon. He was an adored grandfather to Jonathan, Benjamin, Christopher, Kate, Eric, Billy, Christina, Nathan, and Ryan and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Preceding him in death was his wife Joan Couzens Sauer, and his brother Louis Sauer.
Mr. Sauer was a decorated World War II veteran whoparticipated in the D day invasion of Normandy and was wounded at Omaha Beach. General Eisenhower personally awarded to him the Purple Heart. He helped liberate the prison camp at Nuremberg, Germany. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the Bronze Star for Heroism, the French Legion of Honor Medal and other medals and awards. Following his military service, he was a firefighter in Baltimore City for over 30 years.
He retired and moved to Ocean City where he was an usher and active member of Holy Savior Parish. He served in a volunteer capacity for many organizations. He was an active member of American Legion Post 166 for 30 years. He served as the American Legion Color Guard Captain for 18 years, was designated as Color Guard Captain Emeritus and was inducted into the Color Guard Hall of Fame. He was elected Commander of the Purple Heart Society in both Maryland and in Delaware. He served as a member of the Disabled American Veterans organization and was an officer of the VFW Post 8296.
Other volunteer activities included serving as president of the Ocean City AARP organization, as an active member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree and the Hibernian Society. He raised funds for building Atlantic General Hospital,
where he served as a volunteer for many years, and for the Ocean City flag monument in Northside Park. He organized feeding the needy by enlisting the aid of local grocery stores and many volunteers.
He was fortunate to reside at Catered Living, Ocean Pines in his final years where the devoted staff developed great affection for him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 11:00 AM at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. Father William Mathesius will officiate. Interment will be at a later date, private for the family. A reception for friends and family will be held immediately after the service at Holy Savior. A donation in his memory may be made to: St Mary’s Star of the Sea Restoration fund or the John J. and Joan Couzens Sauer Endowed Nursing Fellowship Fund at the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Dr., Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.
Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Finance Officer Joe Salafia
The Charter has been draped for our
Finance Officer Joe Salafia who transferred to Post
Everlasting on April 15, 2019. Joe was truely
dedicated member of Synepuxent Post #166. He
was a believer of the Four Pillars of the American
Legion and backer of the Post’s Support the
Troops Program. This program is to take care of
the needs of our military troops and their families
while serving. He had been active in this program
for the past 15 years. Over $3100.00 was donated
to the Support the Troops Fund of Post #166.
The Salafia’s family request was for donations
to be in his name to the Post #166’s Support the
Troop Fund and they are as follows:
Barry & Linda Seitz
Melvin & Veronica Jones Jr.
Marilyn & Berthold Strait
Robert & Joann Lucas
Andrew & Clair Kushnerock
John & Karen Talbott
Dave & Cathy Smith
Tony Smith & Terry West
David & Lynne McAllister
Ocean City Power Squadron
Blue Cross/Shield Retirees
Brian & Susan Crawford
Donald & Christel Wuorinen
Teresa & Spencer Rowe
Remegious & Barbara Przybylski
J.T. Novak, LLC
Michael & Tierney Jones
Dorathea Litchfield & Carmelo
Bob & Nancy Grim
Tuesday Night Bowling League
Richard and Dorothy Ruth
Nicholas & Jane Bartolomeo
Michael & Darlene McKinney
Sarge & Rosie Garlitz
Neal & Patricia Lookner
John & Janet Tellman
Bob & Pat Bradford
William & Rosemary Sheridan
Robert & Janet Ackerson
Wallace & Janice Stevenson
Bruce & Gail Shannon
Michael & Pauline Cox
Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling League
Edgar A. Duvall
The Post Charter has been draped
for Edgar A. Duvall, a resident Ocean
City and a member of Synepuxent Post
#166 American Legion. His transferred
date to Post Everlasting was June 15,
2019. Edgar served in the Army National
Guard of Washington, DC, was
Korean War Veteran and was stationed
in Vienna, Austria. Edgar continued to
serve, as a member of the Forestville,
Md. American Legion for over 30 years
until he transferred to Post #166. God
Bless the Duvall Family.
Past Commander Frank Hoover
Frank Hoover Past Commander of Synepuxent Post #166 American Legion in 1995 and 1996 transferred to Post Everlasting on May 23, 2018. The Funeral Service will be at 1100hrs at the Atlantic Methodist Church on 4th Street on Wednesday May 30th.