Obituary: Sarah Marie Lasee

Sarah Marie Lasee, 35, of Jacksonport, died December 27, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, following a five-year battle with cancer.

She was born September 15, 1981 at St. Vincent Hospital, the daughter of John Anthony Lasee and Debra Ann (Gallagher) Lasee. Sarah attended school at Sevastopol and graduated with the Pioneer class of 2000. She remained a Pioneer as she continued her education at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha. Sarah graduated in 2004 with a degree in journalism and communications with a minor in photography. She wrote for the Pioneer Times in high school and college.

Everyone who knew Sarah knew that she lived to help others. Her career jobs did not define her, but all of her various employments allowed her to live out that life of service. Sarah was truly a jack-of-all-trades – capable of anything and there to assist with everything. She was a free spirit. Her initial employment as an office manager for Dr. Judy Night, a pediatrician in Illinois, began when she took a close friend up on her request for a roommate. She continued her work as an office manager at J.F. Menzia and Sons, a rotary equipment company in Milwaukee, and was most recently a part of the team at Interstate Sealant & Concrete in Milwaukee. Sarah started out at ISC as a temp and eventually created her (task management) position with all that she was able to help with and oversee to completion. She loved her friends at ISC.

Sarah was a skilled photographer, without question a “professional traveler” and an avid reader.  While she had a great passion for photography, she vowed not to allow that be her “job,” and focused on taking pictures that were meaningful to her.

Sarah was even a notary public at one point, however the titles she was most proud of were “sister,” “aunt,” “godmother,” and “friend.” She loved spending time with family and hanging out with friends.  You could always count on Sarah to call you at the most inopportune times to meet up for a burger from Mike’s Port Pub in Jacksonport (her favorite).

In September of 2015, Sarah returned home to Jacksonport from Franklin where she was living, in anticipation of recovery from surgery that she would be having. While her fight with cancer lasted five years, her impact on all those she knew and the loved she shared with us all will live on forever.

Sarah will be deeply missed by her parents, John and Debbie Lasee of Jacksonport; four siblings, Jennifer (Bobby) Deggendorf of Sturgeon Bay, Adam (Jamie) Lasee of Green Bay, Emily (Andrew) Schwark of Sevastopol, and Anthony Lasee of Sturgeon Bay; four nephews, Charlie Deggendorf, Andersen (her godson) and Ellis Lasee, and Nolan Schwark; maternal grandparents, Patrick and Mary (Stangel) Gallagher of Green Bay; aunts and uncles; cousins; many friends; and her cats, Milly and Lilly.

She was welcomed Home by her paternal grandparents, Francis and Theresa (Searth) Lasee.

Sarah’s life was honored with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Stella Maris Parish-Jacksonport site (formerly St. Michael’s Catholic Church), her home parish, with Fr. David Ruby as celebrant. Feel free to wear mis-matched socks and bright colors in her memory. Sarah will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Memorials may be given in Sarah’s memory for The Healing Project (through Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay).

“A heartfelt thanks goes out to the entire staff of Green Bay Oncology at the Door County Cancer Center, Dr. George Bobustuc and Dr. Amin Kasaam at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee for the excellent care given to Sarah. Thank you to Fr. David Ruby and Becky Nash for visiting and ministering to Sarah; in the days before her passing, her faith brought her comfort. And a special thank you goes out to Sarah’s family, especially her aunts, and her friends, especially, Katie Simonar, for the loving care you gave to Sarah.”

Condolences, memories, and photos of Sarah may be shared with her family via her tribute page at

“Be Sarah Strong.”

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