Sue worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines. She retired from the airline to begin the career she most cherished, at home caring for her children Sara and Jacob. She worked at the Haun Elementary School Library and the Plano Public Library and also volunteered many hours in her children's schools and activities.
Sue loved the Lord, her family and her Iowa roots. She had a gentle spirit, a kind, patient and generous heart and the gift of being a good listener. Her home was a place of warmth, welcome and joy. Her creativity and care are evident in her children, her home and in all of those who knew and loved her.
Sue passed away on Sunday February 13, 2011 at her home in Plano, Texas. Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband Jeff, her beloved children Sara Elizabeth and Jacob Jon, mother Kay Monkelien, grandmother Hazel Streit, sisters Sandra (Dan) Peterson and Sheryl Monkelien, brother Scott (Nanette) Monkelien, her mother- and father-in-law Pat and Ed Wodka, brothers in-law Mike (Terri) Wodka, John (Sandy) Wodka, sister-in-law Mary Dettmer, nieces and nephews Annie (Brett) Huls, Emily Peterson, Kayla Monkelien, Krista Monkelien, Brittany Wodka, Brandon Wodka, Ben Wodka, Luke Wodka, Patrick Wodka, Nathan Dettmer, Nicholas Dettmer and Conner Huls, many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Basil Monkelien, her maternal grandfather Loell Streit and her paternal grandparents Theodore and Alma Monkelien.
Sue was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 21 at 12:00 noon at the Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023. Funeral services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa with graveside service at the Grant Township Cemetery at a later date.
Not to us O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the family to use at their discretion to further kidney cancer research.