Susan Kay (Burkle) Klostermann passed away peacefully at the age of 61 on January 4, 2021 from pancreatic cancer.
Sue was born August 27, 1959 to George and Thelma (Maiers) Burkle in Dyersville. Sue graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School and worked for Rockwell Collins for 40 years. Shortly after graduating, she met the love of her life and husband of 41 years. Sue and Gary were married on April 21,1979. Together they were blessed with three children who became her world. Her young motherhood days, which were remarkably similar to her grandma days, consisted of always being on the go. She had just as much fun ziplining over a mountain top in Colorado as she did playing euchre at the kitchen table. She had eight grandchildren who became her pride and joy. Although her time was taken too soon from them, the memories she made will last a lifetime.
Sue’s family best describe her as caring, humble, genuine, and a lot of fun! She loved traveling cross country by convertible or motorcycle with Gary in the driver’s seat. She made friends everywhere she went; she had a relatable and joyful personality that always made people around her laugh. She was a woman of faith. She was always grateful, lived life to its fullest and put others' needs above her own. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering her time with the parish. Sue always believed in spiritual signs and felt comfort and joy in spotting a cardinal because “cardinals appear when angels are near.”
Sue is survived by her husband, Gary; their three children, Angie (Jeff) Lay of Plainfield Illinoins, Todd (Natashia) Klostermann of Bennington Nebraska, Amy (Jason) Underwood of Highlands Ranch Colorado; and eight grandchildren (Coen, Brinley, Karver, Kamden, Kyler, Nolan, Harper & Sloane) whom she adored. She is also survived by two siblings Ken (Julie) Burkle and Cindy Crock, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many, many friends! She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ron and Dave Burkle.
In lieu of flowers, please enjoy a drink with a splash of Malibu, play cards with friends and/or dance to your favorite song - she would have wanted that. Monetary donations can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in memory of Sue. This gift will actively work to improve the lives of pancreatic cancer patients and help fund breakthrough research.
Sue never passed up a social event! Cancer and Covid may have derailed many of her recent party and traveling plans, but we would like you to SAVE THE DATE for a big party to celebrate Sue’s life this summer. More information to come!
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network in memory of Sue.
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