Sarah Elizabeth Luft of Des Moines


God created the most beautiful life of Sarah Elizabeth Powell through the love of Clarence George and Elizabeth Barstow Powell in the year of our Lord 1945. She was born Dec. 27 in Fairmont, Minnesota.

After traveling with her father’s work, the family settled in Perry, where Sarah attended school until graduating from Perry High School in 1964.

In Perry she met the love of her life, Dennis Michael Luft, while working at Holcomb’s Drug Store, where he would come in for lunch while working at the Perry Daily Chief.

Sarah and Dennis married on Aug. 20, 1966 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry. They were blessed with six children: Mary, Michele, Dennis, Thomas, James and Peter.

After living and working in Des Moines, Stuart and Fort Madison, they settled in Des Moines.

Sarah worked in data entry at Farmers Insurance and Ruan Transportation and in family business enterprises before providing day care so that she could stay home to raise her own children. Sarah then began working with marriage ministries, first at Saint Augustin Church in Des Moines and then, with her husband, for the Diocese of Des Moines until they retired together.

Following their retirement, Sarah and Dennis traveled in their RV to see the country and spend time with their children and, most importantly, their grandchildren.

In the year of our Lord 2021, God called the beautiful life that he created 76 years earlier home on Nov. 13 as she was surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church in Altoona on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. The funeral Mass will be preceded by a time of visitation with the family and a sharing of memories beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Sarah’s cremated remains will be interred in Saint Ann’s Cemetery in Vail, Iowa.

For those unable to attend, the funeral mass will be livestreamed. A link will appear at 10:20 a.m. (just prior to the service) on Sarah’s obituary page at, where you may also leave online condolences.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Dennis; her children, Mary (Jeff) Chandler, Michele Ball, Matthew Dennis OSB, Thomas (Heather), James, and Peter (Kim); her grandchildren, Phillip, Kathleen, Sarah and Samantha Chandler, Landon and Alex Ball, Abigail and Ethan Luft and Isabel, Elijah and Henry Luft; her siblings, Anne Siglin, Sue (Mac) Berthouex and John (Kathy) Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Loree; her baby son, Michael; and grandchild, Bobby Chandler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to MercyOne Johnston Hospice.


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