Donald Sanow


A celebration for the life of Donald Sanow, 86, of Minneota, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Minneota. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service, 1-2 p.m. at the remembrance center. Interment will take place at a later date. Military Honors will follow the service at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Minneota. Don died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.
Don was born April 18, 1936, in Chandler, MN, to Frank August Ferdinand Sanow and Fanna Christina Gesia (Aljet) Sanow.
Don grew up with 13 siblings (7 brothers and 6 sisters). Frank and Fanna moved their family from Chandler to Garvin, MN, when Don was 5 years old.
Don attended school in District 52, between Garvin and Balaton until 8th grade. He then worKed on the family farm. Don left home at 15 years old and worked full time at the fur (mink) farm and part time at the family farm.
Don married Janyce Marie Blanchard on Feb. 2, 1957. They made their first home in Lynd, MN, and later moved to a farm between Ghent and Marshall. Ultimately they moved to Minneota, MN, with their three children (1 boy and 2 girls). Their fourth child (boy) was born in 1966. While living in Minneota Don ran the Minneota fur farm and worked in carpentry. Eventually he started his own carpentry and handyman business until his retirement. Don also served in the Army National Guard for 9 1/2 years. He cooked for the troops in his younger years and for many of us most of his life.
He loved traveling, seeing and experiencing new things with Janyce. They also traveled with their eldest son Duane and his family, and occasionally with his daughter Brenda and her family.
Don was a man with many stories. He was full of bull, nonsense and could talk the leg off nearly everyone. He will always be remembered for his generosity in all things.
Don is survived by his wife Janyce Marie Sanow; daughters Cynthia (Carrie) Dorrance, Brenda VanNoStrand; daughter-in-law Jan Sanow; brother Vernon Sanow; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sons Duane Richard Sanow, Ray Erwin Sanow; grandsons Joshua and Jacob; parents Frank & Fanna Sanow; eight brothers and six sisters.

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