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Susan L. Ristau, 70

Jul 12, 2015

Elmore Susan Lynne Ristau, age 70, of Elmore, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, at home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Elmore, the Rev. Joel Lintner officiated. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Susan Lynne Ehrich was born June 4, 1945, at Blue Earth, the daughter of Glendon and AliceMae (Quaday) Ehrich. She graduated from Elmore High School in 1962 as the class Valedictorian, and also the homecoming queen. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus in 1966. She was married June 11, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Elmore to Arnie Ristau her high school sweetheart. Susan was a devoted wife, mother of Steve (Christina), Kari (Jason) and Tara (Josh), and grandmother to Kortni, Riley, Emma, Peyton, Cooper, Sofia, Sidney, Eloise and Averi

Susan was an elementary teacher for 40 plus years in Blue Earth, Elmore and Bricelyn, active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Elmore in which she was baptized, confirmed and married, organist for 50 years, played for the Christmas Cantata for 38 years and was a volunteer for the Ladies Aid and various events.

Her hobbies included spending time with grandkids, attending all of their various sporting and school events, star gazing, gator riding, going to the waterpark and apple orchard, playing board and card games, playful trash talker, sports agent for multiple grandkids, making fleece blankets, professional foot massager, journaling, picture taking, reading, playing the piano, coffee time with friends, North Shore travels with Arnie and mowing the yard.

She is survived by her husband, Arnie Ristau, of Elmore; son, Steve (Christina) Ristau, of Chaska; daughters, Kari (Jason) Thompson, of Owatonna, and Tara (Josh) Blair, of Winnebago; sisters, Cindy (Earl) Iverson, of Kiester and Melody (Bill) Hammel, of Eyota, and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com