Susa Sr., Giles B.
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Giles B. Susa Sr., age 88, of Greenwood, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on June 27, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Joseph Follmar will officiate and burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Caleb Susa, Cole Susa, Joshua Braun, Benjamin Susa, Joshua Susa and Katie Sladich. Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and again, on Monday, from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Giles Bernard Susa was born on April 22, 1925, in Greenwood, WI, the son of John and Dora (Bautch) Susa. He was raised on the family farm west of Greenwood and received his education in the Greenwood area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1943. After high school, Giles worked on his father's farm and also began working at Roddis Manufacturing in Marshfield. He was united in marriage to Marie C. Hoffman on September 28, 1946, at St. John's Catholic Church in Marshfield. They farmed west of Greenwood until 1954, when they bought a farm south of Greenwood, in the town of Eaton. Living with them since the age of 14 and helping with daily operations of the farm was his brother-in-law, Alois "Butz" Hoffman, now deceased. Giles also began driving school bus in the spring of 1954. He drove school bus for 41 years, hauled milk for Mike Briski to Schlinsog Dairy, and built Nuway Milk Houses. His wife, Marie, died on May 25, 1997. He sold the farm to his son, Rocky, in 1999. Giles married Shirley (Johnson) Susa on September 21, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society, served as the town of Eaton assessor for many years, was a founding member of the Greenwood, Willard, Rock Dam snowmobile club and was secretary for the Greenwood branch of Catholic Family Life Insurance.
Giles had many interests, but especially loved hunting, fishing, going to the cabin, making sauerkraut, making maple syrup, snowmobiling, bowling, traveling to Arizona, and his walks.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Shirley, of Greenwood; his children, Michael (Kristen) of Pacific, MO; Gerald (Yvonne) of Greenwood; Lee (Mary) of Wisconsin Rapids; Giles Jr. (Linda) of Greenwood; Richard of Greenwood; Catherine Susa of Hallsville, MO; William (Sandra) of Ypsilanti, ND; Jane (David) Braun of Greenwood, Daniel (Tammy) of Greenwood; Timothy of Greenwood; Patrick (Lisa) of Greenwood; three step-children, Kay (Charlie) Klock of Red Wing, MN; Diane (Monte) Hoppa of Neillsville; Paul "Howie" Susa of Willard; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Irene Susa of Greenwood; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; one grandson, Peter William Susa in 1983; one great-granddaughter, Hayleigh Sue Ponder in 2011; and 3 brothers, John Jr., Cletus and James.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Three Oaks Golden Living Center in Marshfield for all the loving care they gave their dad during his brief stay.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Greenwood Funeral Home - Greenwood
103 North Main Street PO Box 42
Greenwood, WI 54437
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on June 29, 2013