Sally A. Gauger, 84, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023 at her home.

Sally was born in Burlington on Aug. 7, 1938, to Frank and Marie (nee Nauer) Schwartz. She was a life-long resident of Burlington and graduated from St. Mary Grade School and High School. On June 23, 1956, she was united in marriage to Raymond Gauger at St. Mary Catholic Church in Burlington. He preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 2006. She lived in the home that she and Raymond built over 66 years ago. She fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away at her home surrounded by her family.

Sally was a homemaker and bookkeeper for Ray Gauger Plumbing and Heating. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, baking, cooking, growing flowers, gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting, needlepoint and painting. She was a real artist. She always kept up on local news. She enjoyed nature, which included feeding the birds and having cats as pets. Sally’s prized possession was spending time with her family, which she did on all types of adventures such as snowmobiling and boating. She traveled many rivers and oceans as first mate on “Ray’s Ark” and “Voyage II”.

Sally is survived by her children, James Gauger of Waterford, Karen (Dave) Gauger-Huber of Watertown and Kristine Gauger of Spring Prairie; grandchildren, Robert Biedrzycki of Burlington, Cody (Kailey) Biedrzycki of Madison, and John and Mark Huber of Watertown; great-grandchild, Kayden Myers of Rockton, Illinois; and siblings, Fred (Sharon) Schwartz of Burlington and Gerard Schwartz of Burlington. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray; son John; grandson Nicholaus Biedrzycki; sisters Rosemarie Huff and Patricia Bigelow; and brother Frank Schwartz.

The family would like to thank Dr. Burfeind and APNP Angela Halbach, nurse Jennifer and CNA Elizabeth, along with her many caregivers.

Memorials contributions have been suggested to the American Cancer Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from Noon until 2 p.m. at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home. Burial will take place following Mass at St. Mary Cemetery.

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