Susan Janice (McGrath) Mara

Born: Tue., Jan. 16, 1962
Died: Sat., May 4, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 07, 2013
Location: Garrity Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Wed., May 08, 2013
Location: St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

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Susan J. Mara age 51 died unexpectedly Saturday, May 4, 2013 at her home.  She was born January 16, 1962 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of Joseph and Janice (Trautsch) McGrath.  She married Gary Mara on April 24, 1993 in Prairie du Chien.  Sue worked at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for 15 years and was currently a health unit coordinator for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.  She loved her job and all the people she worked with.  She was a huge football fan and loved the Minnesota Vikings.  Sue was active in the Vikings Children Fund and the founder of the “Bucket List Babes”.  She was very caring and family oriented, willing to do anything for anyone in need.  She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Gary Mara of Eastman, her daughters, Breanna (Robert) Callahan of Fennimore, WI and Misty (Eric) Burton of Palmyra, WI her son Kurt (Jessica Noggle) Mara of Edgerton, WI, her parents, Joseph (Rose) McGrath of Dennison, MN and Janice (Hazel Hanson) McGrath of Fredericksburg, TX, mother in law Cecelia Mara of Eastman,  sisters, Sherri (Tom) Langfeldt of Fairbault, MN, Debbie (Pat) Wagner of Northfield, MN and Cindy (Steve) Smith of Bloomington, MN, a grandson Sean Mara, many nieces, nephews, loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Edna Trautsch, her paternal grandparents, Joseph and Alice McGrath and her father in law Frank Mara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Huff officiating, with burial in the National Cemetery both in Eastman, WI.  Friends may call on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 


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Sue and Art Knutson Family
   Posted Sun May 05, 2013
Gary, Brienna, Misty and Kurt, Sean

Sue was a terrific person and will be a big loss for the people of Eastman. May your new angel watch over you always.

May she bless you all with knowing she is with you always.

Bill & Trish Mara
   Posted Sun May 05, 2013
Are condolences for the loss of Sue. Are thoughts are with You.

Bob & Mitsue Mara
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
I felt that we were just beginning to know Susan by her facebook posts. Her l Her Love of Family, especially you Gary, showed strikingly through. She seemed to be such a "Genuine" person.

Please accept our condolences & sorrow.

Bob & Mitsue Mara

Lisa Peterson
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
I am so sorry about Sue's passing. I went to High School with her and we hung out a lot. We reconnected about a year ago on Facebook and I called her to catch up and we had a wonderful reunion. She was the same kind, loving, energetic and beautiful person she always was. It is hard to find the right words to say at such a difficult time. I am asking God to bless you and your families with the courage you need now and in the coming days.

Lisa (Almquist) Peterson

Paula Minix
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013

My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.


Kurt Hromadka, Alan & Deanne Hromadka
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
Dear Gary & family
We are so very sorry to hear of Sues' passing. We would like to express our sorrow and let you know you will be remembered in our prayers. May the grace of God help you in this time of sorrow and need.
Kurt Hromadka, Alan & Deanne Hromadka

Guy and Mary Langfeldt
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
to Joe & Rose: Jan: Sherri & Tom: the rest of the family: Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. "Memories are like flowers in December", cherish the memories of her life.
Very sincerely, Guy and Mary Langfeldt (Tom's dad & mom).

Julie Verhulst (Ocooch Mtn. Brodheads, Secretary)
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
Gary and Family,
It's hard for us to find the words that might bring you comfort at this time of loss... but just knowing that we are thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace now and all the days ahead. Our deepest sympathies.
Your friends,
Ocooch Mtn. Broadheads

Gina Haefer-Crubel
   Posted Tue May 07, 2013
Gary & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Sue was a wonderful free spirit who enjoyed life to the fullest. She will be sadly missed by all with whom she touched.

Deb and Denny Gates
   Posted Tue May 07, 2013
Sincere sympathy for the family in the passing of Sue,May god guide you through this terrible time

Rod and Mary Scheidt, Adrian, MN. 56110
   Posted Tue May 07, 2013
Dear Joe and Rosie: May we extend our sincere sympathy to you at this time. A death is never easy but when God calls one so young we question why. The days ahead will be trying but the reward for Susan is joyous . She will aid and assist you in your many challenges ahead. We wish to have our condolences given to Breanna and the family also. Do take care. Love, Rod and Mary S.

Andy Stluka
   Posted Tue May 07, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss, Sue is an amazing woman that was part of an amazing family. Rest in Peace Sue

Jeanne (Langfeldt) Cichantek Tom's sister
   Posted Wed May 08, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Sue was such a kind/caring/considerate person..Now she is a beautiful Angel watching over all..

patricia mcgrath
   Posted Thu May 09, 2013
My sympathy at the untimely death of Sue. My prayers are with you all.

Erika Eberlein
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
My name is Erika {Hall) Eberlein, I attended High School with Sue, she was one of my beloved friends, I was sad to hear of her passing. Sue was one of the kindest people I have ever met in my life and the world has lost a beautiful soul but heaven has found an angel. I will miss her very much! I send all my love to Sue and her entire family, God Speed.

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