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“I wish to send my deepest sympathy to the Saggau family. I worked with Tom at Peabody Coal and always thought of him as a friend rather than a boss....Read More »
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“To Tom's Family: I was saddend to hear of Tom's passing. He meant many things to me but three stand out: integrity of the highest order Love of...Read More »
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“I was saddened to hear of our loss of Tom Saggau. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. I served with him as a Trustee of the UMWA Health ...Read More »
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“Our deepest sorrow to the Saggau family. Will miss our good friend. Joe and Nancy Klingl ”
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“Tim, My thoughts are with you and your family. ”
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“Mike, I am sorry to hear about your father passing. My prayers will be with you and your family. With Deepest Sympathies, Cindy Renkiewicz ”
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Thomas Henry Saggau, 81, of Notre Dame, IN, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2009 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

He was born on June 12, 1928 to the late Henry and Rachel (Lally) Saggau in Denison, IA, and has lived in South Bend from 1946 1950 and again since 2007. Along with his parents; one sister, Mary Rachel Fritzie Hays; and two brothers, Robert and John Saggau also preceded him in death.

Tom graduated cum laude in 1950 from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Saggau retired in 1992, as a Trustee for the United Mine Workers Pension and Health Fund in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a Labor Relations Executive for Trane Company, Fruehauf Corporation, and then Peabody Coal Company.

On September 2, 1950, he married Barbara Berry at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg, IL.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of Notre Dame, IN; two daughters, Mary (Jeff) Blowers of Farmington, MI; Therese (Danny Drotos) Saggau of St. Joseph, MI; five sons, Thomas (Meredith Steel) Saggau of Hillsboro, NM; John Saggau of Missoula, MT; Timothy (Deborah) Saggau of Atlantic Beach, FL; Michael (Sarah) Saggau of Pleasant Ridge, MI; Peter Saggau of LaGrange, IL; 21 grandchildren, Yasmin Saggau; Jennifer Steel; Katie Kromberg; Christopher, Mary Rachel, Laura, Elizabeth, and Anne Saggau; Sophina Saggau; Alex and Sawyer Blanck; Rachel, Ben, Mary Grace, Jakob and Ella Blowers; Hannah, Rachel, and Thomas Saggau; Audrey and Mei Mei Saggau Drotos; and one sister-in-law, Adeline Saggau of South Dakota.

Tom was was a member of the 1949 National Championship Notre Dame Football Team, which was both undefeated and untied. He was an accomplished pianist and organist and served as the organist for the many parishes his family joined.

Visitation will be from 9:30 10:30 a.m Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in St. Josephs Chapel
at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in St. Josephs Chapel at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN, with Rev. Andre E. Leveille, C.S.C. officiating. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that mass intentions be made in memory of Thomas; or memorial contributions made to: The Brothers of Holy Cross.

To send condolences, please visit, www.kaniewski.com.

Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN is handling arrangements.

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