SUSAN MARIE KAISER Sue Kaiser passed away on September 13th, 2013. Sue was born May 21st, 1931 and grew up on her parents, Arthur and Olga (Alswede) Weber's dairy farm in Forestville, Wisconsin. She was the salutatorian of her class at Algoma High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she was active in numerous student union organizations including Theta Sigma Phi (professional journalism sorority), Union Dance Committee, Union Directorate, and was elected to the prestigious Mortar Board Honors Society. While there, she met her future husband, John H. Kaiser on a blind date. After graduation, she worked as a Home Advisor for the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Extension, where she judged many Future Farmers of America competitions. She married John in 1954 and moved to Chicago where she worked as the Women's Editor of the Prairie Farmer magazine before beginning a family. The family moved to various locations where she made many lifelong friends along the way, eventually settling in Chico, California in 1965. In Chico, she volunteered her time and talents to her children's activities including Swim Team, PTA, Girl Scouts, Jobs Daughters, and the United Methodist Church. In 1969, Sue earned a Master Degree of Education from Chico State College and taught several classes at Butte Community College. Additionally, she earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from Chico State in 1979. Sue began working in the Butte County Public Health Department as Project Coordinator for Family Health Services in 1970. She spent many years as the first Director of the Women, Infant, and Children (W.I.C.) program. While working at WIC, she authored a book on teaching nutrition to clients and children. She retired after 28 years of service to the county having received numerous service awards. In retirement, Sue pursued her interests in gardening, sewing, reading, opera, travel, bicycling, and spoiling her grandchildren. She was also an active member of PEO, Trinity United Methodist Church, and AAUW and she volunteered with the March of Dimes and for election monitoring. Sue will be remembered fondly by lifelong friends and family for her kindness, compassion, generosity, personal convictions, and sense of humor. She is survived by her husband John; four daughters, Kay Kaiser, MaryJane (Steve) Lowenthal, Amy (Andy Weiss) Kaiser, and Carol (Ken) Fukui; and six grandchildren. A Celebration of Sue's life will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Sue's memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 East 5th Street, Chico, California 95928. To share your memories of Sue or send condolences go online to NewtonBracewell.com
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 30, 2013