Susan M. Halambeck, 64, of Sun Prairie passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 of natural causes.
Susan was born December 3, 1954 in Antigo, WI, a daughter of the late John and Lois (Pilecky) Halambeck.
Susan, better known as Sue to friends and family, grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Antigo High School in 1973. Susan began her college studies at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and transferred to the University of Minnesota to complete a degree in Food Science and Technology in 1976, and later graduated with a Master of Agriculture in 1984.
Susan was a dedicated, career-long employee of Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer, retiring in 2013. Outside of work, Susan had a passion for volunteering and was very involved with her community. Susan actively participated at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. Susan volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Rotary Club of Sun Prairie. Susan enjoyed being a host parent for the Youth Exchange program. Recently Susan was honored to be the Rotary District Governor Nominee of District #6250 and was preparing for her term. She would have served as District Governor in 2020-2021. Susan also served as the District Grants Chair for 3 years from 2015 to 2018. These are just a few of the ways that Susan demonstrated a commitment to service in the community.
Susan valued time spent with friends and family. Susan was a member of book clubs and bunco groups. Susan was also a master gardener. Susan's passion was traveling and she toured the globe. Susan enjoyed the adventure and absorbed the new culture at each destination.
Susan is survived by her five sisters, Jeanne (Henry) Handschke, Green Bay, WI; Beverly (Ray) Bostwick, Bryant, WI; Lucy (Bob) Sippl, Birnamwood, WI; Betty (Mark) Nemeth, Marco Island, FL; and Mary Jo (Brent) Jiter, Kenosha, WI; her three brothers, John (Bonnie) Halambeck, Deerbrook, WI; David (Brenda) Halambeck, Kronenwetter, WI; and Matthew (Deanna) Halambeck, St. Louis, MO; 24 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents John and Emma Halambeck and maternal grandparents Louis and Bernice Pilecky, and step mother JoAnn (Baguhn) Halambeck.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church 2420 St. Albert the Great Drive in Sun Prairie, WI at 11:00 am with Monsignor Donn Heiar presiding. A memorial visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of Mass.
Memorials may be made to the Sun Prairie Rotary Foundation in support of the Kindness Retreats and the Youth Exchange Program.
Cress Funeral Home
1310 Emerald Terrace
Sun Prairie, WI
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I am so very sorry for the family's loss of Sue. I was just so shocked that this happened. I never even knew of her even getting sick in all the years I have cleaned for her. I can only imagine the hole this will be in your lives. I have to share a memory with you and I think it will make you smile. One time I came to clean and there was tape everywhere. Sue told me how much fun the kids were having doing this and I told her never to give them the tape again. LOL I didn't think I was ever going to get it all off, it seemed to be EVERYWHERE! Also, I like Rabbits and Sue liked her plants. One day it looked like it was going to storm and Sue was at work, I could not help myself, I let the rabbit out of the trap and left Sue a note to tell her why I did it. I am sure she wasn't too happy with me, but she was kind enough not to set the traps when I was coming to work for her. She only took them to a wooded area and let them go free. She could never keep up with the bunnies though. I know Sue is in a wonderful place now, but I will miss her, too. Lots of years with her.
Sending love to Sue's family and friends in this unexpected departure. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Sue during a Sheila planned Canyon Ranch vacation!! We connected right away - so kind and fun. She will be truly missed. Sincerely, Linda Lakind
My deepest sympathy to Sue’s family. She was a wonderful, good-hearted person and fun to be around. She is now in a better place with the Lord.
Sincerely, Patty Jaeger
So very sorry to learn of Sue's unexpected passing and how heart breaking that will be on those who knew her. May her travels be even greater now and see things we can only dream of! With sincere sympathy, Tom & Deena Oungst
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