THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gladys (Bartels) Suess
Gladys (Bartels) Suess, 90, of Neenah, died Friday, March 8 at Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah.
She was the wife of Robert D. Suess for nearly 68 years.
Born Dec. 12, 1922, at Coleman, to Henry A. and Marie (Wuschick) Bartels, she was raised in Green Bay where she graduated from East High School in 1941. She then worked as a secretary with a Green Bay insurance agency.
On July 8, 1954 she married Bob Suess at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay. After his discharge from the Army in World War II, they resided in Lake Forest, IL. from August 1945 through 1948, where she was secretary at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. From mid-1949 to mid-1951, they lived in Silver City, NM, where she was employed at the Grant County Clerk and Agricultural Agent offices. The couple moved to Neenah in August 1951.
Survivors include husband, Bob; daughter, Lori Suess, Neenah, WI.; one grandson; one great granddaughter; and sister, Eileen (Lee) Stouter, Norfolk, VA.
Preceding her in death were a son, Larry J. Suess; father, Henry A. Bartels; mother, Marie Bartels; and brother, Henry G. Bartels.
A member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Menasha she joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Neenah. At Our Savior's, she was secretary of the Mission Auxiliary, where she was an active quilter, and participated with Martha Circle, Varsity Retirement Club, Bethel Series Bible administration and several Bible study activities.
She was a member of the Neenah-Menasha YMCA where she had been a long-time water exerciser to counter the lifelong challenge of rheumatoid arthritis. She also enjoyed a Neenah ceramics group. In earlier years, she pursued lapidary and re-upholstery.
Her abiding interest was children for whom she was always a loving, concerned and available mother. This meant being an active camper, swimmer, skater and tobogganist, plus other family pursuits. In particular, she relished the combination of hard work and recreation at the family cottage near Townsend. Her creativity and persistence are evidenced there by rock retaining walls that she fashioned in 1960.
Funeral service will be Friday, March 15 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Neenah, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Catherine A. K. Mode officiating. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Fellowship will follow the service at the church and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Neenah-Menasha YMCA.