Susan M. Benedict
July 13, 1943 - June 28, 2020
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Susan Margo Benedict passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 at Azura Memory Care in Oshkosh, WI.   Susan was born to Robert W. and Margaret Fenske in 1943 in Berlin, WI. She tried her best to stay out of mischief, but didn’t always succeed – in her early years she managed to lead…

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Marleen Truesdell left a message on July 12, 2020:
Dear Ned and family, I am so sad to read about Sue. I was going to call to wish her Happy Birthday, July 13th. I have so many fond memories of Sue, I loved her so much! We were roommates at University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and we had so much fun! Sue had so much energy! She would say to me, "Get your Rear in Gear!" There was no slow speed for Sue! It was also during this time that I met you, Ned. I remember , when Sue came dashing into our room at the Sorority House, and proclaimed to me, "I have met the man who I am going to marry!" " Who is he I asked, " Ned Benedict, she answered! Love at first sight!! I also appreciate you and Sue coming to visit me after Norm passed away. We had not seen each other for 40 years, but we could start talking and sharing our stories like it was yesterday. I have been blessed to have Sue as my Best Friend. She gave me so much joy and happiness, and always kept me moving!! Love and Prayers, Marleen
Marilyn Wallen left a message on July 6, 2020:
Condolences. We have so many dear memories! Fred & Marilyn Wallen
Linda Vander Zanden left a message on July 5, 2020:
My deepest condolences to the Benedict family. I was saddened to read about Susan's passing. I started college the same year my son did. Because I struggled with algebra in middle school, I signed up for the intro to college algebra. I was blessed to get Susan for my teacher. A common remark of hers was, "Let me know if you don't understand this, because I can explain it another way." And so she did! I left that class with a complete understanding of college algebra. She was a superb and caring teacher! When I finally graduated from college, I wrote a letter to the Dean at that time and told him that I had many good teachers during my college days but none were as good as she was! I went from feeling inadequate in math to feeling confident. I hope he shared my letter with her. I'm so grateful for what she added to my life but so sorry for your loss.
Nancy Boll left a message on July 2, 2020:
Dear Ned and Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved wife and mother. Sue and I were good friends, partnered together, and made a great team in all we did and helped organize at McKinley, East High School, The Appleton Boychoir, and the great summers our families experienced traveling together with Eric and our son Ken from one Little League State Championship to another. Sue would sit in one part of a bleacher and I in another, giving our own pieces of advise along with our cheering. Other fans, not knowing us, would look at her and then me and ask if we were sisters! I can only imagine all she did for her many students, church, and the other organizations you would have been a part of. She was like a "whirlwind coming through" in all she did and loved by everyone. My most sincere Sympathy and Peace to you all. Nancy
Quinn and Beth Mullikin left a message on July 1, 2020:
Dear Benedict Family, We send our sincerest condolences and are praying for you all during this difficult time. We are sure Sue is in heaven cheering, emphatically, for the Appleton East Patriots, Lawrence University Vikings, and the Green Bay Packers. With love, Quinn and Beth Mullikin
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Mark and Mary Mullikin left a message on July 1, 2020:
We are sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. We enjoyed getting to know your parents during the LU years. Mark and Mary
Robert Crawford left a message on June 30, 2020:
Susan is one of my American “sisters” because in August 1962 I travelled to Wisconsin from New Zealand to become the first AFS student in Wisconsin Dells. Here we are 58 years later, proof of the power of international travel and understanding, and the strength of personal friendships. I celebrate Susan’s life. It is a testament to her energy and enthusiasm, her continual daily effort to make life around her better for all who she came in contact with. She was brilliant at math (bereft of anything other than arithmetic, I watched in awe) and in her professional life she was an adornment of the Appleton school system, and her contribution to the learning of countless students is immeasurable. Susan would doubtless say that the family she grew up in was a strong factor in her life success, for her parents Robert and Margaret Fenske believed in rules, diligence, and education; then you could play your games and have fun. What better foundation…and Susan brought those same principles into her house as she and Ned (as I know him) created a home for each other and their three sons. Cheerleader. So apt a term for that mother who reveled in the boys growth into young men, all gifted academically and athletically, an unreserved well of support for their achievements, not only on the good days, but the bad, for we all know (after a while) that life’s road is not always smooth. And when the boys went on to college she and Ned travelled, for they saw the world as a whole and enjoyed the far and distant places and people, seeing people as we are, mostly the same and wanting peace and good health for all, and earths variety was to be appreciated and preserved for those that follow us. Our relationship has been strengthened by our children. In 1993 Susan welcomed my daughter Julie into her home for the school year as a “foreign student” at Appleton East, and it became a special year for Julie, a year when her French language skills were honed, her dance abilities displayed in the school production of “Fiddler on the Roof”, new friendships were made, and she learned she wanted to teach. A decade later we travelled to Wisconsin for Eric and Christine’s wedding, and the Benedicts and Wyses came to Vancouver for Julie’s wedding, markers of our families ties. There have been regular visits in the ensuing years, all featuring good food, happy companionship, and enjoyment of friendships that time and circumstance do not alter. The strength of her marriage and family has carried her through recent challenges to a place of rest. Susan’s smile, her colourful expressions (not for print herein), her energy, and her laughter continue to resonate and reverberate in my mind. She is dearly loved. The Hon. Robert Crawford. Crescent Beach, British Columbia.
Jason Kuehner left a message on June 30, 2020:
Dear Benedict Family, This obituary is a moving tribute to Susan, a wonderful person who led an incredibly full life. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss, and I extend my sincerest condolences to you all. I met Susan through Eric (my grad school roommate), and she was cheerful, nurturing, and kind. I have fond memories playing in the Christmas family band with Susan, her sister Karen Wyse, Karen's son Tom, and the rest of the family when they visited Iowa. They were always up for adventure, fun, and a good laugh. I sincerely wish the best for you in the days ahead. Love, Jason
Thomas Kreif left a message on June 30, 2020:
My sincere heartfelt condolences to the Benedict family. Ned and I both taught at James Madison, which is how I got to know her and the rest of the family. She is at peace and in a far better place.
Fran Thornton left a message on June 30, 2020:
Heather, our prayers for you, Paul, and your family!
Fran Thornton left a message on June 30, 2020:
Heather, our prayers for you, Paul, and your family!
Jennifer farris left a message on June 29, 2020:
Mark and Kim so sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers
John Fenske left a message on June 29, 2020:
I am so saddened to hear of Susan's passing. I am sure many who knew her, feel, as I do, that the wind has been taken from their sails with this news. I regret that I have been out of touch with the family for so long. I am lucky to remember Cousin Susan as a happy and effervescent person who always showed an infectious love for life and family, and always passed those feelings on to those around her. My most sincere condolences to all.
Mary (Van Beek) jadin.m left a message on June 29, 2020:
My sympathy to you, Ed, and your family. Thinking about you...Carol and Bob had kept me informed about you and Sue. Take care...
Meghan Crawford left a message on June 29, 2020:
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Renae Ferraro left a message on June 29, 2020:
Dear Eric and family, Your MMSD digital learning team "family" shares your sadness. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. She was, no doubt, a very special woman and will be missed. We wish you peace and love during this time. A memorial in Susan's name will be made to the ministry programs at Prince of Peach Lutheran Church soon. Sincerely, TJ, Scott, Stacy and Renae
Tim and Amy Benedict left a message on June 29, 2020:
Ned and family, Susan was the family navigator and she made sure it everything was organized.....right down to assigning the music for the family Christmas band! Such fun were those holidays! Not many give as much of themselves like Sue did. May all the wonderful memories carry on in all of you ~ she will be missed! Love, Tim and Amy
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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