Susan Jean Michaelson

GREENFIELD, Wis. -Susan Jean Michaelson, 63, formerly of Elo, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014, at her home in Greenfield, Wis.

She was born in Hancock, on September 26, 1950, a daughter of the late Reynold Rupert and Caroline Lempi (Maki) Michaelson.

She was a confirmed member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Elo and was the organist during her high school years. She graduated as Salutatorian from the John A. Doelle High School, in the last graduating class of the school in 1968. During her senior year she had the honor of winning the Houghton County Potato Queen Pageant. She attended Michigan Technological University, receiving a BS in business administration and later received an MA in counseling from Marquette University.

After graduation Susan was employed by Cleveland Cliffs, by Michigan Technological University as a recruiter and for the Ladish Corporation in Cudahy, Wis. In 2006, she was asked to serve on the MTU Presidential Council of Alumnae/Alumni Relations. For the past 30 years she was employed by Marquette University and had been the Director of Co-op Engineering, retiring in 2012 as Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering.

Susan was a member of Adoration Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Wis., where she sang in the choir. She had a beautiful voice and often sang at weddings and funerals of family and friends. She loved to travel and made several trips in the US and abroad.

Preceding her in death were her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Survivors include her brothers, Stanley (Ida) of Tapiola and Bruce of Elo; nephews, Jim (Michele), Mark (Karen), Nate (Cheryl), Neil (Jill), Rob (Jennifer), Dean and Kyle Michaelson; and nieces, Maria (Mark) Spencer and Kristine Michaelson; aunts, Esther Bidstrup, Mayme Maki and Elsie Maki; and a host of grandnieces; grandnephews; cousins; and friends.

A memorial service presided by Rev. Tim Singleton will be held on May 4, 2014, in the Adoration Lutheran Church, 3840 West Edgerton Ave., Greenfield, Wisconsin, at 4:30 p.m. preceded by a visitation at 2:30 p.m.

A memorial service at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie will be later this spring with the Rev. John Autio presiding. Burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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