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Sunset Funeral Home & Sunset Cemetery

2250 St Anthony Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, MN

OBITUARY

Susan Merrie Colby

December 7, 1947June 17, 2020
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Susan Merrie Colby, age 72, of Fridley, Minnesota passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday June 17, 2020. Susan was born December 7, 1947 in Long Prairie, MN.

Susan retired just over 13 years ago from her long-time employer at the convention center in Minneapolis to help care for her grandchildren.

Susan was a loving and dedicated mother first and foremost. Her sons Doug and Mike were her everything. She especially loved her role as Grandma to her two granddaughters Zoe and Mila Dreis going on many adventures with her girls.

She was a voracious reader, always swapping books with her sister’s Lu and Fae. She loved gardening and being outdoors, especially to watch a soccer game.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Rosalie Sadlemyer. She is survived by her beloved sons Douglas (Kristina) Dreis and Mike Dreis; her cherished granddaughters Zoe and Mila Dreis; her sisters LuRae Christensen, Fae (Grant) Whissemore and brother Rick (Carol) Sadlemyer. Susan is also survived her nieces Tabitha Whissemore and Stacey (Adam) Larson; Alec and Sam Larson and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance of Susan for the immediate family only will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Sunset Funeral Chapel, 2250 Saint Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. A cremation will occur.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sunsetfuneralservices.com for the family.

Services

  • Private Family Service of Remembrance

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Sandy (Olmschenk) KeilMN

July 2, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew her family because Fae & I had met at a sixth grade spelling bee. Our families became friends as well because they lived in southern Todd County & Fae & I enjoyed spending weekends together as teens. After high school, we drifted apart. I would always hear about their family though - my Mother-N-Law, Marge Roberts met Louis & Rosella at the Long Prairie Senior Citizens Center. So the friendship just kept going on. I am sending hugs to the family.

Rick Kantorowicz

July 2, 2020

We knew Sue well back when the kids were growing up! Always enjoyed her company...she cared so for her kids!

Janice Schneider4

June 29, 2020

Dear family,
What a beautiful picture tribute and memories. I am also from Long Prairie and was in the graduating class of 1966. I looked up her picture in my yearbook and found her picture. Yes, I knew her and she was always so friendly and kind to us younger kids. Did she and her family go to Trinity Lutheran Church? I remembered her mom and dad's names too. I am sorry for your loss, but know she loved you all so much.
Did she have a preferred memorial? I would like to remember her. Jan Schneider

Karen Norberg

June 25, 2020

Dear Family of Susan Colby,
I'm deeply sorry for the loss of one so dear. I so enjoyed meeting Susie when she started to come to Champlin United Methodist Church with her sister Lu. She was a sweet lady who always had a bright smile on her beautiful face.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during these difficult days.
May you feel peace & comfort.
Love, Karen & Kirsten Norberg

Pam French

June 23, 2020

Sue was a delight to work with - she always had a smile, a desire to help and a kind word - and she loved her family! My deepest condolences 💜

Pat Davis

June 22, 2020

I worked with Sue for many years at the Convention Center. She was one of the nicest and most hard working. Always willing to help you and a good friend to all, a very nice person.

Marlene Woelm

June 20, 2020

I didn't know Susie well but I know her smile lit up the room. Her laugh will be missed by her family and friends alike. The beautiful, spirited hours she shared with her little granddaughters will be cherished memories they will never forget. What a wonderful legacy. Rest in Peace, Susie Merrie Colby.

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Biography

Susan was born on December 7, 1947 at Long Prairie in Long Prairie, Minnesota. Her parents were Louis and Rosalie Sadlemyer. Susan was raised in Family Farm in Long Prairie. As a young child, Susan was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Susan rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

      Early on in her family relationships, Susan showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with 3 other siblings. She had two sisters LuRae Christensen, Fae Whissemore and one brother Rick Sadlemyer. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      As she was growing up, Susan developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure being outdoors. In her spare time she liked to read and play with the animals on the farm. She had a pet pig growing up on the farm. However, to Susan, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with her sisters.

      Early on in her school years, Susan showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to math and English. At times, school learning did not provide Susan with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. She graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1965. Susan received a full scholarship to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana but came home because she was homesick.

      In college, Susan showed that she was able to focus on what was necessary. Using her understanding of language, Susan was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. She earned her associates degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College.

      Those who didn’t know Susan well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Susan was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends and family knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Susan’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sisters Lu and Fae. Later in life, she became friends with Dorie Lind.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Susan had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned.

      Susan was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her fun loving nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Susan was blessed with 2, two sons, Douglas (Krisitna) and Daniel (Mike) Dreis. She was also blessed with two granddaughters, Zoe and Mila Dreis.

      Susan found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was a Manager of Business. She was employed by the Minneapolis Convention Center. Susan tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Susan enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were reading, gardening, watching Zoe on the soccer field and keeping up with Mila on the playground. Susan was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Susan liked sports. Susan was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were soccer, baseball, and her granddaughters' figure skating.

      Because she loved the world around her, Susan enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included trips to the BWCA with Zoe and Doug and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

      Susan was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Susan’s favorites was Borris, a rescue dog. They were best friends for 7 years. Her family was rounded out by her dogs Peter, Jack and Bernie and cats Precious and Bailey.

      When Susan’s retirement finally arrived in 2007, she was well prepared. Her new life involved caring for her grandchildren. In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening, going to the farmers market, going to plays, parks and reading. Even in retirement, Susan continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became a constant supporter of Zoe's sporting activities and was known and loved by all who knew her as Grandma Sue.

      Susan passed away peacefully on June 17, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at home in Fridley, MN. Susan died from liver cancer of an unknown source. She is survived by her beloved sons Douglas (Kristina) Dreis and Mike Dreis; her cherished granddaughters Zoe and Mila Dreis; her sisters LuRae Christensen, Fae (Grant) Whissemore and brother Rick (Carol) Sadlemyer. Susan is also survived her nieces Tabitha Whissemore and Stacey (Adam) Larson; Alec and Sam Larson and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Chapel, 2250 Saint Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. Susan was cremated and interned at Sunset Funeral Chapel.

      Susan was a kind and generous woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Susan always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Susan was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Susan Merrie Colby.