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Laabs, Susan A. (nee Maluta, Blank)

Susan Ann (nee Maluta, Blank) Laabs, Little Chute, age 84, passed away on Thursday September 5, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital after numerous bouts with cancer beginning in 1998. She was born Assunta (Susan) Ann on December 19, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Rudolph and Catherine (Ioffredo) Maluta. Susan married Robert Blank and moved to Wisconsin in 1947. Together, they had two children.

She married Frederick Laabs on September 11, 1954. They also had two children.

Susan attended IBA City College where her dreams to become a hairdresser became reality in 1964. She owned the Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon in Appleton.

Susan was proud to graduate with the kids at Appleton East High School in 1981. She was a faithful follower of The Young and the Restless and wouldn't answer the phone or the door for the hour it aired. Susan was a beautiful lady that took great pride in her appearance - every outfit was perfectly coordinated and accessorized. She joked that she wouldn't even answer the phone if she wasn't wearing lipstick.

Susan was a 60 year member of Sacred Heart Parish in Appleton. She collected angels, saying they kept heaven close to her here on earth. Susan also enjoyed reading and drinking tea. She had many friends that didn't drive, so Susan often visited and took them for bingo and groceries. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Susan is survived by her children: Tim (Bev) Blank, Argonne, WI; Norine Craven, Little Chute; Steven (friend Lynn Wentzel) Laabs, Menasha; and Susan Immekus, Little Chute; grandchildren: Mike Blank, Tony (Jennifer) Blank, Paul (Sara) Johnson, Tammy (Dan) Kilsdonk, Andrew Laabs, Jamie (Katie) and Jeremy (friend Joseph) Meyers, Dannell and Shelly Immekus; numerous great grandchildren; sisters: Mary Murphy and Catherine Brandys; and sister-in-law: Ella Laabs. She is further survived by many cousins (especially the Frankie Ioffredo family), nieces and nephews in New Jersey; and good friends Tony and Karen Schuh.

In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband Frederick in 1990; son-in-law Daniel Craven; great grandchildren: JorDanne and Tara; siblings: Joseph Maluta and Anna O'Neil; fiancée Martin Hickey; good friend Nellie Van Den Ablen; and dear childhood friend Dottie from New Jersey.

Visitation will be held Wednesday September 11, 2013 at O'CONNELL FUNERAL HOME (1776 E. Main St. Little Chute) beginning at 11:00 a.m. until Funeral at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. William Kuhr will officiate. Committal Highland Memorial. To sign the guest book, please visit In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Goggins, Mary Beth and the nursing staff at Fox Valley Hematology for their wonderful care through the years.


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013
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