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Susan Ann Hamilton

August 30, 1962November 5, 2020

Susan Ann (Bourgeois) Hamilton, age 58, of Ramsey, MN, passed away on November 5, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, after a four and a half year battle with lung cancer.

Susan Ann Bourgeois was born in Two Rivers, WI, on August 30, 1962 to Melvin and Rosalyn (Wolter) and grew up in Mishicot, WI. She was married on July 24, 1993, to the love of her life, Kim Hamilton. They built their lives together, living in both Colorado and Minnesota, where they raised their three wonderful children.

Sue attended Mishicot High School where she pursued her love of music in both band and choir, along with various smaller ensembles, and graduated with honors in 1980. Sue’s musical journey began when she was five years old. One day, she came home from school, sat down at the piano, and with no musical training, plunked out This Land Is Your Land, singing along as she played. It was then that her parents realized the gift she had. She went on to attend college at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI, where she majored in music and graduated with honors. Over the next 36 years, she pursued her musical career with a passion that was inspired by her Christian faith and a desire to bring joy through music to those around her. She shared her musical talent in many ensembles, singing and playing in church, leading numerous choirs, and teaching music in many schools.

Susan was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and brother-in-law, Troy Hamilton. She is survived by her loving husband, Kim, three beloved children, daughters, Laura and Johanna, and son, Grant, all of Ramsey, MN, her parents, Melvin and Rosalyn (Wolter) Bourgeois of Mishicot, WI, father- and mother-in-law, Ken and Doris (Weakley) Hamilton of Alliance, NE, two brothers, David Bourgeois (Lukas Bagemehl) of Sheboygan, WI and Thomas (Karen) Bourgeois of St. Cloud, FL, one sister, Mary Kay Reel (Melissa Dupke) of Two Rivers, WI, two brothers-in-law, Dale Hamilton of Alliance, NE, and Barry (Mickey) Hamilton of Denver, CO, many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

The family wishes to extend thanks beyond measure to their beloved friends, Tim and Nancy Kneefe, who have been a part of their family for more than 20 years and a major component of her cancer care team. Nancy became Susan’s medical advisor, advocate, and driver utilizing her nursing skills to document, educate, and translate the jargon and lead the charge as they searched for effective treatments in the battle that was waged against the cancer. Tim was Susan’s eloquent chronicler, sharing her experiences with friends and family through CaringBridge. Special thanks to all of the faithful prayer warriors who kept a constant vigil for comfort and healing.

A memorial service will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church at 11:00 am, on Friday, November 13, 2020, with Fr Paul Jaroszeski officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020, from 9:30 am until the time of the service.

Please join us for a Luncheon following the service at The Mill Site - Events On the River at 111 Harrison St. in Anoka, MN. The Mill Site will open at 12:30 for guests. The staff will still welcome arrivals and serve coffee until the luncheon begins. The Mill Site can accommodate up to 250 and remain within Covid-19 guidelines. Please wear your mask and social distance.

The family would also like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the innumerable medical staff at the Mayo Clinic who tirelessly searched for treatment options, provided compassion and care, and offered support to Susan and the family, resulting in four additional years spent living life to the fullest. May God bless you in your work to care for those in need.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Susan’s name to promote cancer research. Gifts can be made to Breath of Hope, PO BOX 387, Wayzata, MN 55391, or Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, designated for lung cancer research. Susan’s family recognizes that those who would normally attend a funeral might not do so in the current COVID-19 situation. Social distancing will be observed at the visitation and funeral. Please wear a mask. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. It will be linked on St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church’s website at https://www.stkdcc.org/

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  • Susan was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts and
    uncles, and brother-in-law, Troy Hamilton.
    She is survived by her loving husband, Kim, three
    beloved children, daughters, Laura and Johanna, and son, Grant, all of Ramsey, MN, her
    parents, Melvin and Rosalyn (Wolter) Bourgeois of Mishicot, WI, father- and mother-in-law, Ken
    and Doris (Weakley) Hamilton of Alliance, NE, two brothers, David Bourgeois (Lukas Bagemehl)
    of Sheboygan, WI and Thomas (Karen) Bourgeois of St. Cloud, FL, one sister, Mary Kay Reel
    (Melissa Dupke) of Two Rivers, WI, two brothers-in-law, Dale Hamilton of Alliance, NE, and
    Barry (Mickey) Hamilton of Denver, CO, many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and
    great nephews

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Bud and Judy Decker

November 16, 2020

Dear Hamilton and Bourgeois families, we were so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. We have wonderful memories of times spent in Colorado. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Kathy Dassey-Koch

November 13, 2020

Soon I have been friends since we were little. We grew up in the same neighborhood and our parents always knew where we were. I was either at her house or she was at mine. We grew up in a same neighborhood so all the kids were always playing at one another's house we spent most our summers at her house since her parents were home.I remember many summer sliding down their Hill on the slip and slide cuz they had the best Hill to do so.I also remember going in The big Field where they also had the garden and the boys would play football or sometimes play baseball on us girls could play too.I also remember her parents traveling with the family and their goal was to go to every state and when they returned they would share their adventures with all the kids in the neighborhood. Sue was a good friend a long time friend and all truly miss her. My deepest sympathy to the family and all her friends . May you rest in peace. 🙏🙏

Joyce Miller

November 13, 2020

My earliest memory of Sue was her playing the piano when we were very young. She was such a talented musician, and such a kind and gentle person. I am truly sorry for your loss, and hope that fond memories can offer you solace in the days to come.
-Joyce (Wilfert) Miller

Christy Kane

November 12, 2020

I loved working with Sue and Kim (and daughter Johanna) on Anoka Marching Band projects and competition days. Sue's loving spirit was always in abundance every time I saw her, and will be greatly missed. Kim and family, I had intended to attend the memorial on Friday, but I was possibly exposed to Covid-19 at work so will be watching online. Dan and I are praying for you all.

Christy Kane

Deacon Dan Gray

November 12, 2020

Praying for the members of the Hamilton and Bourgeois family as you mourn the loss of Susan. I grew up with the Bourgeois family in Steiners Corners, and graduated from grade school and high school with Susan. The December 4th Mass at Holy Cross in Mishicot is being offered for Susan.
Dcn. Dan and Patty Gray

Shari Krueger

November 11, 2020

I would like to express my sympathy for your loss. I sang with Susan in a small group in Wisconsin while we were both in high school spending a lot of weekends together performing. Lots of fond memories for sure doing what we both loved.

Shari Krueger

Michael Nelson

November 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. I had the honor of playing electric bass with Susan at the piano in our high school swing choir. She was an incredibly talented musician but even better person. I will never forget her warm smile.

Paula Lambres

November 10, 2020

My heart is so heavy with this news but I am so very happy that Sue is cancer free and singing and playing the piano with Jesus! Sue and Kim and kids were neighbors for years, Sue taught my kids piano lessons and the entire Hamilton family has been an amazing blessing to my family. I had the pleasure to care for the Laura, Grant and Johanna in my daycare, they became family. You will be missed my dear friend. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you Kim, Laura, Grant, Johanna and family.

Noah Randle

November 9, 2020

Susan was a major blessing to this world.. She always had a smile on her face whenever she was at a Anoka marching band Event and always encouraged others to follow there dreams and My favorite memory of Susan was every whenever she was around us She always had a smile and her smile could light up a whole room and never had anyone feel like they weren't part of our group.. Prayers to the Hamiltons and She will always be in our hearts forever - Noah Randle

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