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Funeral services for Susie (VandeKamp) Wallin, age 95, of Glenville, MN, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Reverend Josh Blair will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Susie died on Monday, February 24, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake. She had lived on the first floor at The Meadows since August 2018.
Susie (VandeKamp) Wallin was born January 17, 1925 to Henry and Nellie (Post) VandeKamp in Inwood, IA at their home. She attended elementary school in Hollandale, MN. Susie graduated from Albert Lea High School. Her belief in Jesus Christ was instilled in her by her parents and her upbringing in the Hollandale Reformed Church.
On June 20, 1946, Susie was united in marriage to Merlin Rea Wallin at the Hollandale Reformed Church in Hollandale, MN. Together they lived, farmed, and raised their two daughters, Marilyn and Shirley, on the family farm southwest of Glenville. Susie was an active member of First Lutheran Church. She was involved in Sunday School, VBS, Ladies Aid, Circle, and the church library. She was a 4H leader, taught Release Time, read with students at the Glenville School, and helped adults, who had English as their second language, to read.
Besides her faith, nothing was as important to Susie as her family. This could be a shopping trip, a Wallin family pizza party or a VandeKamp family trip to the lake. Merlin and Susie enjoyed traveling together and it was their goal to visit all 50 states. They wintered together in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years.
Susie is survived by her two daughters, Marilyn (Michael) Hirschey of Monticello and Shirley (Robert) Newman of Alden; grandchildren, Lori (Brian) Hill of Elkton, Lisa (Joe) Carda of Janesville, Craig Hirschey of Golden Valley, Jon (Joanna) Hirschey of Big Lake, and Alison Newman of Byron; great grandchildren, Cody and Wyatt Krull, Austin and Avery Carda, and Belle Hirschey; sisters, Tracy Vandegrift of Albert Lea, Eva Karsjens of Albert Lea, Vivie (Jim) Loverink of Hollandale; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ardie VandeKamp VanderZyl of Altoona, IA, Irma Wallin of Northwood, IA, Violet (Eddie) Hanssen, and Arlo (Julie) Wallin of Glenville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin in January 2003; her parents, Henry and Nellie VandeKamp; her father and mother-in-law, Rea and Mary Wallin; sisters, brothers, and in-laws, Walt (Marie) VandeKamp, Ada (Hip) Mennega, Lory (Neal) Harmsen, Nell (Chuck) Pauzenga, Doug Vandegrift, Wally Karsjens, Jim (Char) VandeKamp, Sarah (John) Ekema, Gary VandeKamp, Verl (Vera) Wallin, Lyle (Arlene) Wallin, Dale Wallin, and several nieces and nephews.
Suzie lived at St. Johns in the room next to my Moms. I saw her often, she had a beautiful smile and warm way about her. I was glad to of known her. Im sorry for your loss.
Michelle Hjelmen Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM
As a child, Sue and Merlin opened their home to me for so much fun with Shirley - that farm was full of intrigue to me! I have such good memories of that place and your family; But, later, Sue and Merlin were so kind and gracious to my mom and I can't say how much that meant to me. Taking mom on the RV trips and stopping by Indiana so we could spend some time with them. They didn't have to do that -- they just were good people. I'm glad God put them and you in my life and I pray this time will be full of your faith and your memories to get you through this pain of your loss.
Gloria (and Dave) Hastings Mar 7 2020 12:00 AM
Elsie and I will be with you in our prayers at today's 2 pm Funeral Service. How good to know that when we receive God's forgiveness by faith in Jesus, as both Merlin and Susie did, then whenever our time of death may occur Jesus will be there to bring our soul or spirit to be with him in the Father's house forever. We thank Jesus, our Lord that we had the privilege to know Susie and Merlin as faithful members of First Lutheran, when I was the Pastor there from June 1958 to April 1967. Elsie and I now live in Moorhead, MN with our daughter Karen. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, and comfort in this time of sorrow. Pastor Elwood Skarpness.
Rev. Elwood Skarpness Mar 7 2020 12:00 AM
Our thoughts are with all the families and friends of your loved one. May her celebration of life with all the sharing of the wonderful memories you all have remove some of the pain of her loss. May God's blessings fill you with peace and love.
Butch and Donna Newman Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the Family of Susie Wallin. I got to know her when I worked at Walmart she was such a happy and pleasant lady to know...actually she was a hoot to know. Prayers.
Diane Vogt Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM