Corrine S. Sahlberg joined her husband, Elmer J Sahlberg, in heaven on April 5, 2018. She was 96, and passed peacefully at home with her four children, Dave, Dale, Evelyn, and Esther, able to say goodbye. She is also survived by seven grandchildren.
Corrine and Elmer went to Thailand in 1950 as missionaries under the Christian and Missionary Alliance. They were true missionary pioneers, living a small town called Nongkai, in a home with no electricity or running water, for eight years. Elmer traveled a lot in those years to remote villages, and Corrine taught both women and children Bible studies in Nongkai and raised each child until they went off to boarding school, originally in South Vietnam and later in Malaysia.
Even though they retired, Elmer continued to make 13 more trips back to Thailand, while Corrine stayed at home and at age 70, wrote a book about her adventures as a missionary wife, called “Please Leave Your Shoes at the Door.” Her son, Dale, created a website for it which is at www.ecsahlberg.com. It contains many chapters of her book, and copies of many of her videos on being a missionary and Thai life and culture, created from the thousands of photographs she took as a missionary.
She touched many lives, counseling many, and teaching others how to write books, and teaching English as a second language until 94. Her work will live on through her book and website and in the memories of her children and many others.
There will be a time of gathering and remembering on Sunday April 8, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at the funeral home.