In Memory of

Sue Krebs

September 13, 1946 - February 21, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Sue Krebs

Sue Krebs

Born: September 13, 1946
Died: February 21, 2019
Age: 72

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  Leah Susan Krebs, “Sue”, left this world on February 21, 2019, but her larger-than-life persona and trademark humor will not be forgotten.  She will be missed by many but most of all, Folgers Coffee, who is devastated by the loss of Sue.

     Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Sue was raised by a gang of feisty Italians that included her parents Adolph Angelo Guarill and Bess Giocomarra Guarill. She grew up with her brothers, Mick and David, in a lively, pasta-filled home.

     After graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1964, she enrolled in Stewart’s School of Beauty in Sioux City, Iowa. Not wanting to be a beauty school dropout, she finished school and headed back to Fort Dodge where she met and married a tall, handsome, slightly goofy gentleman, Ed Krebs. They were married on Sept. 14, 1968 and moved to Spencer. Ed was wise enough to go along with whatever adventure she led them on, which were many. If you never chased an ambulance with Sue, you haven’t lived. In Spencer, Sue’s decades long career included Founder and CEO of Sue’s Beauty Salon. If you were a customer, you know it was more than a haircut or perm. You were fed, drank copious amounts of coffee, listened to story upon story of her kids and grandkids, received unsolicited advice, and became a friend for life. She now leaves many local residents shaggy and unkempt.

     World-renowned for her many homemade sweets and dishes, she loved feeding people and bringing people together. Sue welcomed everyone into her kitchen with open arms and treated them like family, often times making them change a light bulb or take out the trash…just like family. She was a lover of words in all forms; New York Times crossword puzzle, Boggle, puns, library books, and wildly inappropriate comments.

     She is preceded in death by her husband Ed, whom she is now waking up from a nap and making go to the store; her parents; her brothers Mick and David; and her son Joe Minnehan.

     Sue is missed and survived by her children Lucas Krebs and wife Kristen Krebs of Philadelphia; Katie Krebs and husband Chris Morton of Minneapolis; her grandchildren that she loved to ply with sugar: Vinny, Dominic and Roman Morton; Avery, Devin and Reagan Krebs; Sarah and Katie Minnehan; as well as many, many dear friends.

     We loved her for her laughter, her verve, her nerve and her heart. Our lives are better for having been loved    by Sue.

     In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family, or simply make someone smile today with an unexpected act of kindness or a good joke.

Happy trails, Susie!

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Spencer Community Theatre in Spencer.

A time of coffee and fellowship with the family will be held at 11:00 A.M., following the memorial service.
Father Clem Currans
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 10:12 AM
“Just found out. So sorry for your loss.”
- Christie Lucas
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 6:15 AM
“Always liked your parents. They were good to all. Sorry for your loss. ”
- Steve Moore
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:06 AM
“Sue always brightened the room when she entered. Helped everyone celebrate 'being'. A mentor. Far from a beauty school drop out, she created beauty whenever she 'dropped in.' ”
- John Goede
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Luke, Katie and family! We are so sad to hear about your mother's passing. We have wonderful memories of your mom from when we lived in Spencer. She was always so friendly and always made you feel so good when you were with her. Enjoyed our many visits while having hair cuts (lots of talking and laughing) and remember the time she introduced us to her breakfast burritos. Yummy! She was a wonderful friend to everyone! She will be missed by many! May her life live on through her family and friends! May God be your strength through this difficult time! Blessings to your family! P.S. Loved the obituary write up!
- Denny & Mary Jo Juel
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:58 AM
“Luke and Katie: Rod and I are donating a cart of groceries to Food at First in honor of your mother. She fed so many and we shared in some of it. Her laughter will forever be her mark.”
- Jeanne Rogert
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:55 PM
“We got to know Sue thru SCT where she "did" our hair for plays. She was so fun. So Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
- Mark &Alene (Brinkley) Peters and Family
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8:03 AM
“Sorry to read of Sue's passing - Sue was a gem! Many laughs while Mom and I sat in her salon or kitchen. Mom will always have her nickname of Via Reasa.. Thoughts and prayers to the family.”
- Bev (Reason) Hummel
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:05 AM
“Katie, Luke and Families, your mom, dad and each of you have meant so much to me over the years. From sleepovers, to after-softball meet ups at your house, to our days of ‘OK Painting’, your mom and her loving, larger than life, free spirit always welcomed us with a smile, a hug and soooo much great food. As a kid I admired her ability to attract so many true friends. As an adult I recognize (and admire) the work she put in to everyone of us to ensure we felt special and loved in her presence. May her beautiful and admirable free spirit, now fly free. I love you Sue Krebs. I will miss you. I love you Katie and Luke. ❤️”
- Mary Ann O’Brien
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 2:13 PM
“I will always remember Sue and her ability to make anyone laugh - outloud- and sometimes at the most inappropriate times. She cut my hair, my kids' hair and supplied me with Freeze and Shine by the gallon when Jen was in Jr. High and High School during the "Big Bang" era (which had nothing to do with Physics). And, oh, the wigs she did for me at SCT! She was loved by all who knew her. I hope she and Ed and my Mom are having a good laugh in heaven. Sue was a such a great lady. I will miss her.”
- Barb Ambrosius
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:38 PM
“A very sweet lady. My sympathy to the Krebs' for your loss.”
- Troy Schall
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Sue's family--So sorry in the loss of your Mom. We shared many cosmetologist stories and classes together. Yes, I was the one who had to say--SHHH Sue, so others could hear!!!
She was full of laughter and smiles and lots of 'quips'!! This community has lost a very vibrant lady!! May God's love surround you!!”
- Karen Buchholz
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“Sending you my deepest sympathies at this difficult time. You were blessed with such a spirited mother and friend! Her spunky attitude and quick wit will live with you always. I'm confident the angels said, "Look out heaven, here she comes!" God Bless”
- Stephanie O'Brien
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“Luke, Katie and families, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many. Prayers to all of you during this difficult time. ”
- Angie Fassbender
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“Luke, Katie and all your family, my condolences to you! I was shocked and so sad when I learned of your mom's passing. I saw her at the beginning of January and she was so happy to talk about each of you and your families. She shared with my daughter, Mary, about Ed's New Year tradition of making popcorn without the lid on and how much the grandkids enjoyed that! God's peace to each of you. ”
- Tabatha Johnson Peterson
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother, she will be missed. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Maynard and Corinne Dahl ”
- Corinne Dahl
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:20 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Sue. Always loved to visit with Sue about her Fort Dodge days and also enjoyed having her children in class. She was a special lady and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dennis and Kaye Price”
- Dennis and Kaye Price
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“Luke and Katie so sorry for your loss. Wonderful lady and many memories.”
- Jan and Gary Pithan
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“To The Family of Sue Krebs....I was so saddened to learn of your loss of such a loved one. I send my sincere sympathies and prayers to your fine family. She will be missed.....”
- Judith A. Carmichael
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“Luke & Katie & families, I am so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you & help ease your pain. Your mom was an amazing lady who brought so much joy to others. ”
- Kim Corcoran Haisman
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“Sue's remarkable spirit will live on with her children and grandchildren as well as with all of us privileged to have known and loved her. She invited us in with open arms and with such a kind, generous, and joyous heart, and so many of our memories of Sue are filled with the laughter that was always a part of any adventure with her. Only Sue would think to send us a Xmas card signed "Janis" that actually included a piece of her heart. I can just see her smile as she sealed that envelope, and she knew she could both initially puzzle me and then get me to laugh out loud. She will always have a piece of my heart, and we will always treasure the experiences we shared.
With our love and deepest sympathy,
Roger, Linda, Chris, and Carly Littlefield

- Roger Littlefield
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:53 PM
“Luke and Katie, we are sad to hear about your mother passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
- Alice and Greg Iverson
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:43 AM
“So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Many fun memories when my sister Jeanie lived across the street. Had a fun visit with her in Nov. I know she will be missed by many.”
- Sharon Baxter Eckhart
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“I was so sorry to hear about Sue passing. I worked on many of her framing projects with her. She was such a sweetie and so much fun to work with. You have my sympathies and prayers.”
- Teresa Frerichs
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9:03 AM
“My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends! She was a lovely lady that was nice to everyone and always happy!”
- Jo Runkle
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“Dear Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Sue. She was a sweet sweet gal.. I loved waiting on her way back from when I worked at Super Valu. She will be missed by many. 💕love and prayers🙏 To you all.
Jackie and Roger Mann”
- Jackie Mann
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Luke, Katie and families, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You and your beautiful families were her world. She will be missed by so many lives she touched.”
- Teresa Mohr
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Like and Kate So sorry for your loss of your mother. She was a wonder. Mary Jackson ”
- Mary Jackso
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Krebs family. Sue was one of the kindest, funniest, sweetest people I had ever met. She made you feel like family. She baked the best goodies I had ever had! She will be completely missed. ”
- Rebecca
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“Rest In Peace Sue. Your smile, laughter, and humor will never be forgotten. You always brightened my day when i would see you.
My prayers of peace and comfort to your family. ”
- Mari Lu Larson
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“Katie, Luke and families, We are so very sorry to hear about Sue. She was a fun, loving lady! We have lots of great memories spent with her and Ed. Our thoughts are with you!”
- Donna & Tom Malmgren
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“ Oh, my. Where do I begin? Sue was the best! Not only did she help me on a monthly basis, but also she helped me with my Characters at the Spencer community theater. She will be missed as a great friend.”
- Bill Phelps
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“We are so sad to hear of Sue's passing. She made us all laugh and made our taste buds longfor more. If there is anything we can do to help let us know.”
- Denny, Diane, Michele, Shawn
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“Such a great loss, our prayers are with you all! Thought so much of your mom and dad! ❤️ I'm sure your dad was there with open arms! God bless you all!”
- Debbie and Jerry marlow
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