Geralyn Sue Thelen

July 21, 1949June 14, 2022
Obituary of Geralyn Sue Thelen
The earthly life of Sue Thelen, dearly beloved sister, sister-in-law, companion, aunt and friend, was finally taken by cancer on June 14, 2022. Sue was a resident of Haslett, Michigan but always valued the fond memories of growing up in Pewamo, Michigan and graduating from Pewamo - Westphalia High School in 1967. She continued her education at Michigan State University, graduating with Bachelor’s (1972) and Master’s (1975) degrees in Education. Her professional teaching career began with the Owosso Public Schools in 1972, teaching at Emerson School until 1987 followed by Bryant School until her retirement in 2006. She treasured the relationships formed with students, parents and colleagues during her gratifying years of teaching in Owosso. In retirement, Sue worked at the East Lansing fair-trade store Kirabo, became an avid bridge player, continued her enjoyment of golf and finally had time to indulge her love of reading. The luxury of retirement also allowed her to devote time to deepening valued relationships with family and friends, bringing her profound joy in her final days. During her lifetime, the adventure of travel afforded her great pleasure and treasured memories. Sue’s love of nature and concern for the planet were guiding forces throughout her life. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Hilda Thelen; sister Donna Kramer; brothers James Thelen and Anthony Thelen; brothers-in-law David Hanses and Philip Kramer; nephews Philip Kramer and Stephen Field. Survivors include sisters Sr. Donna Jean Thelen, Kate (David) Hanses, Bonnie (Bob) Pearson; brother Bill (Diane) Thelen; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann (James) Thelen, Mary Ann (Anthony) Thelen; and loving companion of many years, Larry Klayman. Also left to cherish the memory of Aunt Sue are many loving nieces and nephews. Sue was overwhelmed by the love and support of family and friends over the years. Heartfelt thanks to all her Angels of Mercy, especially to Susie Kostaroff and Ellen Rothfeld, constant in their concern and caring. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in East Lansing at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am and officiated by Father Michael Cassar. Prior to Mass, Sue's family will greet friends at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The Mass will also be live-streamed at Interment of her ashes will be held at a later time at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Pewamo, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to The Lingap Children’s Foundation or East Lansing Elara Caring Hospice. Sue’s parting request of family and friends is all pray for her soul.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mass of Christian Burial


Order Of Service for Sue Thelen