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Susan "Sue" Rae Sears

April 18, 1950 - June 30, 2021
From: Milford, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Susan "Sue" Rae Sears

Susan "Sue" Rae Sears

Born: April 18, 1950
Died: June 30, 2021
Age: 71

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kindred Hospice, Spencer Hope Reformed Church Youth or the Spencer YMCA Swim Team.

     Susan Rae Sears was born April 18, 1950, in Spencer, Iowa to Viola and Harold Roskens. She received her education and graduated from Everly High School, Everly, Iowa. While in school, Susan was active in Speech, Science Club, Girls Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, and was a class officer. Growing up on a farm, she also was active in 4-H, and learned at a young meaning the word “work”

     Being the eldest of five, there was lots of cooking, cleaning, canning, and household duties. Attending Everly First Reformed Church, Susan was active in RCYF, and it was there that she professed her faith.  Sue, as her friends called her, attended Spencer School of Business and after graduating found employment at People’s Natural Gas, where she worked for 40 years.

     On August 29, 1975, Sue was married to Rony Craig Sears at Hope Reformed Church, where she was a member to this day. Following their marriage they resided in Spencer.

     On April 18, 1979, Lucas Craig Sears was born, to be followed by Rhonda Sue Sears July 23; 1982. This completed their family.  In 1984 they made a dream come true by purchasing a small home on Lake Okoboji, and years later buying a larger one, in which Susan resided until her death.  In later years, they purchased a home in Casa Grande Az, where they enjoyed winters together until Ron’s death in 2012. Sue continued to go to AZ until her health wouldn’t allow her anymore.  Susan and Ron were active in the Old Iron Company, and the Okoboji Corvette Club.

     They spent many weekends camping and traveling to different shows to,display the many cars and boats that Ron had restored.  Susan was very active in the community, having been in charge of the Flag Fest Parade for many years. Being an active volunteer for Spencer, she received an award from Governor Branstad for Volunteer of the Year. Together, Ron and Sue hosted omelet breakfasts in Okoboji and AZ, which she continued to do after Ron’s passing. She was well known for her fried chicken! Potato salad and spaghetti dinners!

     She also was the bookkeeper for Lundt and Sears, as well as raising her children and attending their school events.  Susan’s pride and joy were her grandkids, Tallen, Halle, Maggie, Elsie, Gage,and Leo.

      She took great joy in watching football, swimming, dance, basketball, soccer, and whatever activities they participated in. Sue said her greatest sorrow was that she won’t get to see her grandkids grow up.

     Susan was well known for her love of embroidering baby quilts, which were gifted to so many people. She loved to can, sew, spend time at the beach, and was always up to spend time with friends and family. In AZ Sue looked forward to her kids visiting and was Activities Committee President for Fairways 55, as well as playing cards and sewing at the center with her friends.

     In June of 2019 Sue was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Peritoneal cancer, which she fought valiantly and without complaint for two years.

     Left to cherish Sue’s memory are her kids, Luke (Jill), Halle, Maggie and Gage Sears; Rhonda Sears (Dustin Fairchild) Tallen, Elsie and Leo. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Holven ,TJ and Courtney Holven, Carter, Rylee, and Aleah; brothers Steven Roskens, Chelsea and Josh Petersen, Kendyl and Gavin; Stanley and Susan Roskens, Sidney and Marge Roskens, Brother-in-law Jerry Sears (Jenni and Wade), Uncle Elmer (Marge) Nielsen, many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ron, and sister-in-law, Sharon Sears.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

The funeral services will be livestreamed on the following link for those not able to attend:

Pastor Jay Van Gelder
Josh Petersen
T.J. Holven
Rocky Fay
Les Drummond
Jeff Spencer
Tallen Lorenzen
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Monday, July 5, 2021 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Monday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer
Processional - "I Will Rise"
"It is Well With My Soul"
"10,000 Reasons"
Recessional - "Majesty"

"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone"
By Iesha Toft

PIANIST: Ray Meyer
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 10:49 PM
“My heart is heavy for the loss of Sue …not only did I clean her house for years she was my family … she would make sure everyone’s needs were met before hers she had the hearts of gold I will forever miss her banana bread and our talks …memories forever I will cherish of her … it won’t be the same she looked out for tooo many people and that’s why she was loved by many we will all miss her … I’m so sorry for this great loss … tight hugs and lots of prayers for you all …. ”
- Cynthia carlos
Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10:40 AM
“Our our prayers and sympathies to your family during this difficult time. Cherish the time you spent together and the memories that will last forever.”
- Scott & Jodi Ten Kley
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“I loved this lady! ”
- Susan Christensen
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:22 PM
“Dear Luke, Rhonda, and Family, We are sorry for your loss of Sue. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless and watch you all. Mike and Mary Monroe ”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:11 PM
“Luke and Rhonda, Mike and I were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was so generous with her neighbors and community. She always planned activities to bring everyone together. Her generosity, humor, and smile will be missed by all of us! Love and prayers to your families.”
- Mike and Sharon Olson
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“We knew Susan through her sister, Sharon. We were fortunate to spend time with her, Rhonda and family in Arizona two years ago. Our prayers to her family.”
- Lesa & Brian Minor
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 6:17 PM
“I always enjoyed visiting with Sue when I was at the Lake. She & Ron were such good neighbors to all the Krages. May she rest in the peace of the Lord!”
- Mary Alice Krage Swanson
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:45 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Sue's passing. What a fighter she was. She and Chuck spent many years with Peoples Natural Gas-- Always had lots of fun at the Christmas Parties and other outings. Many memories. Losing someone is never an easy thing to bear--It never has been --May the memories bring you comfort and peace at his time of sorrow. A memorial will be sent to Spencer Regional Hospital--Hospice Program in her memory. Chuck and Donna Tielbur Milford IA ”
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Our Sympathy to Sue’s family.”
- Paul Bleeker
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Luke an Rhonda and families, we extend our deepest sympathy in the loss if your Mom! She was a super great gal and she will truly be missed! Keep her memory alive, our prayers are with you through this time of sorrow.”
- Kevin & Sheryl Lee
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:08 PM
“You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. She was a Dear Friend to me in good times and bad. I loved her very much and will miss her with all my heart. I know that she is in heaven with her husband and mine. My God comfort you.”
- Linda Brown
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:08 PM
“Sending love and prayers for your entire family.”
- Mike and Tanya Harmon
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“My deepest thoughts and prayer for the family and to all of kids she will be missed.
- Nels Hollander
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Sue was a dear friend of mine. She was always there to help or do anything that anyone needed. She loved life and enjoyed her family and friends. Her memory will be precious to many. My sympathy goes out to her family that she was so proud of. Treasure her life. ”
- Jill Meyer
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 4:52 PM
“So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. May God wrap his arms around you and help you through your time of sorrow.”
- Betty L Walton
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 2:18 PM
“Our sympathy to Sue’s family. ”
- Clark and Linda Marshall
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 2:18 PM
“Hoping you will one day find comfort in remembering...”
- Jeff & Jone Lewis
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 2:18 PM
“Dear Luke and Ronda,
Your mom was so good to our parents during our mom's illness with cancer. She would drop off food and did their laundry for them. She checked on them daily to see how they were doing or if they needed any thing. It was a comfort to know there was another set of eyes on them when we couldn't be up to the cabin. We grieve with you for the loss of you mom. What you love will always be with you. Peggy Schimmer and family”
- Peggy Schimmer and family
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 9:56 AM
“Sue was a friend to all and always willing to help out. She really enjoyed all her grandkids activities. She will be missed by many friends and family.”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“So very sorry for loss, Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sue & Ron together again... Beautiful...Cherish the memories!!”
- Annie & Dave Garnjobst
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Sorry for ur loss ....Sue is a great person n friend. I was a under class mate in Everly”
- Bonnie Johnson
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Rhonda. I’m so glad we got to see Sue earlier this month. Your mom was a good and caring woman who meant a lot to our family. God is taking care of Sue along with Ron. She will be missed. We are sad for you, but you will remember the good times”
- Mark & Kathy Holiday
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Rhonda and family. We are so sorry for your loss- cherish the memories!!”
- Dr. Ken & Karen Hunziker
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“I am saddened to hear of Sue's passing. She put up a courageous fight, and will be missed by many. My sympathies to her family. Heaven has gained another angel.”
- Fern Kilts
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. ”
- Dennis Hofmeyer
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“Oh Sue , everyone is sure going to miss your smiles and seeing you! Will miss you!”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 11:02 AM
“So sorry for your loss you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Shelly Lorenzen ”
- Shelly Lorenzen
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:47 AM
“Prayers to the family ”
- Mollie Sander
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“My sympathies to all that knew and loved Sue.
She will be missed by many.
May God grant you peace in your hearts as you go thru this thing called life!”
- Rhonda Olson
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Our prayers go out to the family.”
- Nancy and Charles Beck
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“I am very sorry to hear of Sue's passing. I so enjoyed working with her at the Spencer Women of Today taco stand during the fair. We had so much fun! Thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
- Cheryl Sikora
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Hugs, love, and prayers! ”
- Becky Savard
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Our hearts are heavy for the loss of Sue. She was a great friend and we were blessed to have her in our lives. Hold dear all the wonderful memories you have had together. May they bring you comfort and peace. Sending our love an prayers. Kelly and Mark”
- Kelly DeYoung
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Sue our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Our sincerest condolences to the Sear's families . Sue was a big part of the Gas Company's Office !! She is probably telling Ron all the latest as she has a cup of coffee ..... but we will all miss that special lady . She touched many lives through her journey of Life ..... May you know that she has earned her wings and is flying high through those wonderful clouds. What a special homecoming she had .... all of her family who have gone before her and awaiting with anticipation of her arrival .. Your families are in our thoguhts and prayers.”
- Frank & Della Jeffrey
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Terry and I are so sorry to hear about Sue. She was a courageous lady. Prayers that your memories of Sue will carry you through this difficult time. ”
- Terry & Brenda Griffin
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Rhonda and Luke and family I’m so sorry to hear about Sue’s passing. Sue was a wonderful lady. She always wanted to help out. She was a wonderful landlord and a great neighbor. She will be missed my many. You all will have a wonderful angle looking down on you always. ”
- Jeree Beck Wikstrom
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