Sadie Flattum, 1941-2018

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Memorial services for Sadie Sophie (Shargent) Flattum, 77, of Albert Lea will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Janet White will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Sadie Flattum

Sadie passed away surrounded by her family Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Sadie was born Jan. 6, 1941, to Thomas and Eleonore Shargent in LeSeuer. Sadie grew up in Waseca and graduated from Waseca High School. She married George Flattum on Sept. 5, 1959, in Mason City. After their marriage the couple lived in the Waseca and Albert Lea areas.

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Sadie was a long time employee of Wilson & Co. and was employed by Shopko from the time of its opening in Albert Lea until her retirement in 2000. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed going to Wednesday services with her friends. She also loved cheering on the Minnesota “Twinkies” and Minnesota Vikings, but if they were not playing she could be found watching any other Minnesota sports or the Food Network. She loved trying a new recipe, sharing recipes and looking for new items at the grocery store. Sadie spent a lot of time volunteering at St. John’s Lutheran Community after George’s death and was very proud of her Volunteer of the Year award in 2010. She cherished the many friendships she made in her last nine years volunteering there. She enjoyed coffee dates and birthday club with her girlfriends. She also loved keeping track of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Sadie is survived by her children Kelly (Nancy) Flattum of Waseca, John (Mary) Flattum of Waseca, Terri Marpe of Albert Lea, Michael (Therese) Flattum of Lakeville and Jeffrey (Crystal) Flattum of Mound; her grandchildren Melaina (Josh Coppersmith) Flattum, Brooke (Nick) Howe, Jordan (Molly Gust), Cory Flattum, Jennifer (Isaiah) Prescott, Nicole (Brad) Edwards, Mollie (Jordan Jacobson) Hernandez, Andrew Hernandez, Samantha Flattum, Derek Flattum, Noah Hill, Maxwell Brecke and Emily Flattum; eight great-grandchildren, Mya, Mason, Landon, Lillian, Ryker, Harper, Xander and Baby Edwards; siblings Lu (Dennis) Friesenborg and Lyle (Ivena) Shargent; and in-laws Art (Debbie) Flattum and Ralph Sabin.

Sadie was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents, Thomas and Eleonore Shargent; siblings Trudie (Alfred) Jensen and Alan Shargent; George’s parents John and Anna Flattum; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Orville Flattum, Carl Flattum, Josephine and Harold Sherwood, and Gladys Sabin.