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Susan M. Ganzen

September 4, 1956 — April 4, 2023


On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Susan Marie Ganzen, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away at the age of 67. Sue was born to Wayne and Joan Neuman on September 4, 1956. After high school graduation, she joined her father working at Riverside Paper in Appleton – where she would remain a dedicated worker for over 30 years; and where she would meet her future partner for life. 

Sue met her loving and devoted husband Denny working alongside him at Riverside. After two years of living their daily lives together, working the same shift and sharing fun times with mutual friends, they decided to share the rest of their lives together. On October 30th, 1976 they got married at Trinity Lutheran church alongside their family and friends. Early in their 46 years of marriage, Denny and Sue enjoyed family trips to the cabin in Neillsville, fishing, and watching their son play baseball. Later in life they enjoyed trips to the casino, and going out for Friday Fish Fry. On her own, Sue enjoyed doing puzzles, sewing and watching her favorite TV shows from the 50s.

Sue is survived by her husband Dennis Ganzen, son Jon (Jessica) Ganzen, stepson Brian (Cindy) Ganzen and stepdaughter Anita Fanara. She is also survived by her brothers Steve (Karen) Neuman, Michael (Nicole) Neuman; brothers in-law Dave (Debbie) Ganzen, Paul (Patty) Ganzen, and sister-in-law Missy (Bob) Klassen.  Sue was also blessed with 6 grandchildren, including Tamalyn, Bree, Maya, Samantha, Landon, and Charlotte; and 1 great grandson Ira.

Additionally, Sue is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-long friends, all of whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in eternal life by stepbrother Bruce Neuman, father Wayne Neuman, mother Joan Neuman, father-in-law Carl Ganzen, and mother-in-law Eugenia VanWymeren.

Sue will always be remembered for her generous gifting of hand-sewn, one-of-a-kind outfits to family and friends. She was even known to create and donate dresses and clothes for less fortunate families that were in need. She battled a ferocious fight with cancer of over 20 years, determined to spend more time with her family, defy the odds, and live life on her own terms.

Sue’s wishes to have a small, intimate gathering with immediate family will be honored. In lieu of flowers, her family respectfully asks that you honor Sue by making a donation to a local charity in her name.  The cause most near and dear to Sue’s heart was St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 



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