MARQUETTE, MI. - Arthur H. Saario, age 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday evening, December 24, 2013, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and UP Home Health and Hospice.
Born January 31, 1932 in Worcester, Massachusetts, a son of Henry and Mae (Arvo) Saario, Art was raised in Worcester until age five when the family moved to New York Mills, Minnesota. When he was 13, Art's mother died and he came to live with his uncle and aunt, Roy and Martha LaBelle, in Marquette, until he entered the service. Art attended the John D. Pierce School and enlisted in the US Army in 1950. He served for three years, during which time he was wounded in Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of corporal. Returning to Marquette, he worked at a variety of jobs. On November 21, 1953, Arthur married the former Trudie Lawrence at St. Michael Catholic Church and together the couple made a home and raised their family in Marquette.
In 1957, Art joined the City of Marquette Fire Department, motivated by the desire to help people and that it offered a secure employment for a family man at the time. His career with the fire department was marked at intervals with attending training seminars on various techniques, training methods, and firefighting skills for which he received several awards, and at one time had been honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Marquette Kiwanis Club. He served the community of Marquette for 28 years, retiring as a sergeant with the department. During his working career, he always held two jobs, fireman, and on his days off, as a deliveryman with Cyr Gas Company. Art's hobbies and special interests were many and varied. He loved a good game of golf, enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, at the Senior Center, and liked to bowl.
Arthur H. Saario
His family was all important to him and both he and Trudie found nothing better than spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, playing yard games and having parties. Oh, the parties! He was caring, devoted, funny, and a best friend to those he befriended. Art was a member of Richard Jopling Post 44 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Art is survived by his wife of 60 years, Trudie, who often referred to her Arthur as "my life", his children, Kim (Rodney) Parker of Wisconsin, Pamela (John) Daugherty of Negaunee, April (Robert) Mancl of Appleton, WI, Arthur Scott (Cynthia) Saario of Appleton, WI, and Lisa (David) Ward of Marquette; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by his uncle and aunt, Roy and Martha LaBelle who raised him; and by a special cousin, more like a sister, Dolores Moon.
Honoring Arthur's request, no services will be held.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com