Sara Lynn Dueñes

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, May 22, 1984
Date of Death:
Friday, June 7, 2024
Age:
40 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday June 14, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday June 15, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday June 15, 2024
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, May 22, 1984
Date of Death:
Friday, June 7, 2024
Age:
40 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, May 22, 1984
Date of Death:
Friday, June 7, 2024
Age:
40 years old

Sara Lynn Dueñes

Sara Lynn Dueñes, born and raised in Rochester, MN, passed away unexpectedly and far too soon on June 7th, 2024, having just celebrated her 40th birthday two weeks prior.
Sara was SO loved from the moment she was born, her older sister even accidentally giving her chicken pox as a baby because she couldn’t bear to be away from her new little sister. She was a Minnesotan in the truest sense of the word – from her accent when she’d say “no, yah” when agreeing with someone, to her love of fishing (always her dad’s Little Walleye Girl), to enjoying relaxing time at her cabin, to cheering for the Twins or Timberwolves, to her giggle-fits over the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Sara received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Chemistry & Biology with a Psychology minor. She returned to Rochester to work at Mayo Clinic in their Mass Spec Lab for 2 years (thanks to her prior research experience at Mac) before heading back to the Cities to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota (cue “Dad, you don’t need to tell every random person on the street that I’m a doctor!”). She loved working with all of her patients, especially children. Her small stature (“fun-sized” as she called herself) meant the dental chair was firmly planted in the lowest setting but she made sure to give a ride up and down upon request. Even when her radiant smile was behind a dental mask and her twinkling eyes behind her dental loops, she took great care to ensure all of her patients, regardless of their prior experiences in a dental chair, were comfortable.
Sara was a sensitive soul from a young age, earning her the affectionate nickname Baby as a toddler. This sensitivity played out throughout her life as she would go out of her way to help others in need, including family, friends, and volunteering her time at mobile dental clinics. She was known for being careful & deliberative when making decisions, except when it came to helping others; that, to her, was second nature and the answer was always a resounding yes. She also found joy in a wide variety of hobbies including cooking (gourmet dishes right alongside her favorite classic grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup), swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, telescoping, photography, playing all kinds of games, solving puzzles, crafting, and learning guitar.
Sara is survived by her partner of 19 years, Gerald Houle, her loving parents, Ramiro and Judith, sister Tamara (Eric) Buechler, sister Rebecca (Matthew) Cuellar, brother Jonathan, nephews and nieces Jack, Joseph, Samuel, Sophia, Alexandra, and Theodore, and her sweet kitty Rosy who will all miss her forever until the end of time when they can be reunited around the largest fruit platter Heaven has to offer.

The Funeral Service for Sara will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, June 15, 2024 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, June 14, 2024 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

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The family of Sara Lynn Dueñes has received the following condolences.

Ramiro, Judy and family,


 


We are so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Sara.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.


 


Mike and Marilyn Dukart & family

I have such fond memories of Sara from our days at Macalester. Her kindness, joy, and laughter will not be forgotten. 

Sara’s sense of humor, wit, kindness, and friendship will never be forgotten.  My deepest condolences to your entire family.


Megan 

Ramiro & Family, 


Our deepest condolences to the entire Family. 


love & sympathy, The Silva's 

I had the very great privilege of being in high school with Sara, same class.  She was so warm and kind; a true friend.  She was so quick to smile. Sara always left me in wonder, she was so comfortable and confident.  I wanted to be around her because being so made me feel like no matter what, I could be a better person.  Therefore, I would strive to be better because of her. 

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Many thoughts and prayers to your family.


Kathy

I’m so sorry to hear of Sara’s passing at far too young an age. I have great memories of her when we were in elementary and middle school, and I know she’ll be missed by many! My sincere condolences to her family and friends. 


Tiff

So very sorry to hear about the loss of Sara. Sending prayers your way.

I am so sorry for your loss. 

Sara, I am so heartbroken that the world has lost your smile, your kindness, your generosity.  Remembering our time spent laughing together fills me with so much joy. You were one of the first people to love and accept me just the way I was and I will always hold your memory close to my heart.

Judy, Ramiro and Family, I am so sorry for your loss!  Every year when decorating our Christmas tree, I find the angel that Sara made for me when I was one of her Girl Scout leaders.  I will continue to remember her every year in that way.  She was a delight when I knew her, and it looks like that never changed.


Denise Kelly


 

The prayers of the Mio family go out to all who knew Sara today. Very, very sorry to hear of her sudden passing.