Sarah A. Shannon – Independence – Mix 94.7 KMCH


Sarah A. Shannon, 93, of Independence, IA, died on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA.

Sarah was born July 18, 1927 in Freeborn, MN, daughter of Newton D. and Ida (Klassen) Zingg. Early in his life, his family moved from Minnesota to a rural farm in Denver, IA, and attended country school. For several years, she helped her parents on their farm until she met John “Jack” Shannon at the dance hall in Denver, IA. On May 20, 1953, they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waterloo, IA. Together, they made their home in Independence, IA. There they raised their five children together. She worked briefly for Independence Produce, Andrew’s Café. In 1975, they bought the Bus Depot in Independence and operated it together until 1985.

Sarah loved spending time outdoors. She was an avid flower gardener and adored campfires. She especially enjoyed spending time organizing tea parties with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Kathy Shannon, Independence, IA, Donald (Julie) Shannon, Ankeny, IA, Idamae (Larry) Mangrich, Independence, IA, Rosalyn (Dan) Hoveland, Winthrop, IA, and Glenn (Joyce) Shannon, Brandon, IA, eleven cubs -children, twenty-two great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, one brother Leonard Zingg, Phoenix, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

Sarah is predeceased by her husband, Jack Shannon, her parents, Newton and Ida Zingg, her brothers, John, Clarence, Don, Fred, George, Dutch “Irvin”, Orville Zingg, her sisters, Vera Kinney, Grace Woolsey , Annie Frickson and Jeanette Price, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at St. John’s Independence Catholic Church, IA, under the presidency of the Reverend David Beckman. Interment will be held in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence. Visitations will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence. A rosary will be said at 3:45 p.m. and a parish vigil will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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