MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Congressman Martin Olav Sabo is being remembered for his long career of public service.

Sabo died last Sunday after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 78.

Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale were among hundreds of mourners at Sabo's memorial service Saturday at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Democrat announced his retirement in 2006 after being elected to 14 terms in the U.S. House. Before being elected to Congress, the North Dakota native served 18 years in the Minnesota Legislature.

KMSP-TV reports Sabo's daughter, Julie Sabo, told mourners her father "was always putting others first."

Sabo also was known for his love of baseball. KSTP-TV reports the service ended with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."