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Susan Kimberly Sutter

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Born on June 20, 1922 in Neenah, Wisconsin, Susan died there at home on August 10, 2013 at the age of 91. Daughter of Alfred Knox Kimberly and Helen Harmon; great-grand daughter of John Alfred and Helen Cheney Kimberly and great niece of Mary Emma Kimberly Shirk, she was raised in Neenah, went to college in Missouri and then at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh where she met Walter F. Sutter. They were married in Milwaukee on July 19, 1941. They were living in Niagara Falls, New York on December 7, 1941 and the next year Walter enlisted in the United States Navy. After stops in Boston, Princeton, Washington D.C. and New York City, they were stationed in San Francisco for the duration of World War II. Their first child, Helen Mary, was born in Oshkosh on July 11, 1944. After the war Susan and Walter returned to Neenah. Soon followed daughter Ann Elizabeth (1947), sons Thomas Henry (1949) and David Knox (1950) and daughter Susan Kate (1952). In 1953 the family moved to Redlands, California and lived there until August 1964. In Redlands, daughters Margaret Louise (1955) and Kimberly Jean (1957) were born. Upon returning to Neenah Susan lived nearly half of her life at her present residence. Walter passed away on December 26, 2004. Susan tried many forms of artwork over the years from stitching to quilting to mosaics and stained glass but was best known for her jewelry and lapidary work. She was also known for her poetry and her Lady Bug stories. Those who knew her were most amazed at the life-long friendships she cultivated with her school-age friends Donna (Danke) Miller, Ruth "Poofie" (Cannon) Valenzuela and Edna (Swentner) Palmer. Susan and Walter were blessed with thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Susan met life as it was and made the best of it. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Susan is survived by: Helen and Dale Fridley and their two sons David and Tracey Fridley and Tyler, Brianna, Ethan, Kaden, Asher and Rylan; Jason and Tricia Fridley and Lucy; Ann and Matthew Marks and their three sons Jeff Marks; Jon and Jackie Marks and Kylee and Connor; Ben and Melanie Marks; Thomas and Janet Sutter and sons Steve and Sara Sutter and Stuart Sutter; daughter-in-law Doreen Sutter and daughter Jessie and Ken Sutter and Xavier and Rose; Susan Kate Sutter; Margaret Peterson and her four children Ryan Peterson, Blake Peterson, Jennifer Peterson and Scott Peterson; Kimberly and Steve Schueffner and their daughter Amy Schueffner. Susan was also preceded in death by her son David, son-in-law Kenneth Peterson and her brothers John A. Kimberly III and William K. Kimberly. Susan took pride in the fact that her Kimberly and Washburn ancestors had come to North America in the 1630's and to Wisconsin in the 1840's. Memorials may be given in her name to the Kimberly-Shirk Association. Condolences to the family may be sent in care of Thomas H. Sutter, 2519 N. McDonald Street, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Sept. 5, 2013
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