Suzanne Hanselmann

Suzanne C Hanselmann (Schwartz)

Saturday, June 19th, 1943 - Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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Suzanne “Sue” Catherine Hanselmann, 76, of Dubuque, passed away at ManorCare Health Services on April 3, 2020.

In keeping with Governor Reynolds executive order on March 17, 2020, prohibiting events of more than 10 people, a private graveside service will be held for immediate family only at Linwood Cemetery. The family will plan a public memorial celebration of her life at some time in the future, which will be announced.

Suzanne was born June 19,1943, in Mandan, ND, to Gilbert and Esther (Rudolph) Schwartz. She grew up in Jamestown, ND, with her sister, JoAnne, and brother, Mark, and graduated from Jamestown High School. She married her only true love Roger Hanselmann on August 5, 1961, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, and celebrated over 58 years of marriage. Living in Dubuque, Suzanne and Roger lovingly raised their seven children, including two sets of twins. The family was sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on November 20, 1979. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her unconditional love and support made her the great matriarch of our family.

Suzanne was known for her powerful spiritual strength, her ability to empathize with others, and her patience. She was an excellent cook and is leaving many wonderful family recipes for her posterity. She suffered from many physical challenges, but never lost her capacity to love.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Roger; children Frederick (Sandy) Hanselmann of Bristol, VA; Karen (Hale) Hawbecker of Dumfries, VA; Richard (Amber) Hanselmann of Dubuque, IA; Rachel (John) Ashby of Virginia Beach, VA; Sarah Hanselmann of Dubuque, IA; David (Raetchel) Hanselmann of Provo, UT: and Daniel (Brittney) Hanselmann of Dubuque, IA; 10 grandchildren, Jerry (LeeAnn) Hanselmann, Brian (Lisa) Comer, Marcus (Allison) Hanselmann, Dustin (Mandi) Hanselmann, Anna Hanselmann, Michael Hanselmann, JT Ashby, Elise Ashby, Nathan Hanselmann, and Nora Hanselmann; 6 great-grandchildren; brother Mark (Shirley) Schwartz of Chandler, AZ, and sister JoAnne (Paul) Chamberlin of Mendota Heights, MN; sisters-in-law, Gerda (Eugene) Chappell and Anne (Herbert) Hanselmann, and brother-in-law, Robert (Irma) Cartigny.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gertrude and George Klinge, Elsbeth Williams, Herbert Hanselmann, Julie and Harold Morgan, Irma Cartigny, Ralph Hanselmann, Frieda and Leonard Rudolph, Eugene Chappell, and Harry Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Teresa Ruzicka

Posted at 09:16pm
Our sympathy goes out to the entire family. Have often thought of Sue when we go past your family home. The times we spent raising our two families in scouts and Jackson school. She was truly a great lady. Paul and Teresa Ruzicka your neighbor down the street

Kathleen Gamarra

Posted at 04:07pm
was deeply saddened by the news of Suzanne's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

“Grant but memory to us, and we lose nothing by death.” -Whittier, My Summer with Dr. Singleton

-Kat, Law Office of Hale Hawbecker

Hale Hawbecker

Posted at 12:49pm
My dear Mother-in Law Sue Hanselmann... A strong clairvoyant woman, I will never forget how you made me a part of your family from the first day you met me. You saw right through all the usual bs I put up when I meet people for the first time, and I felt completely at ease in your presence knowing you saw all of me. You never had a hypocritical or sarcastic bone in your body, you were what you were, and demanded that everyone else be themselves too. You had depth of character, grace, and true grit. I never heard you complain ONCE about the injustice of your serious earth-bound illnesses, and you maintained a calm demeanor through it all. You and Roger are the Gold Standard for what a marriage should be. Your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are your legacy. Hard to imagine anyone who could have lived their life more in keeping with Christ's teachings.

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