October 24, 1936 ~ November 3, 2014
SuzAnn Mathilda (Stricherz) Breen, 78, Hillsboro, ND, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at Sanford Hillsboro Nursing Home, Hillsboro surrounded by her family under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
SuzAnn was born October 24, 1936 in Watertown, South Dakota to Joe B. and Louise (Fox) Stricherz. She attended grades 1-9 at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Watertown, SD, and grades 10-12 at Mount Marty Catholic High School, Yankton, SD. She graduated from Nursing School at Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD.
She worked at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee as a Registered Nurse where she met and began dating Donald J Breen in January of 1959. She married Donald J. Breen on June 6, 1959 in Watertown SD and they lived in Milwaukee until 1961 when Don began a 2 year tour of duty in the Air Force at KI Sawyer Air Force Base in Upper Michigan.
In 1963 they moved to Hillsboro where Donald joined in medical practice and they lived together until his death in 1989. SuzAnn continued to make Hillsboro her home until the time of her death.
She was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro, ND, where she taught religious education classes for 3rd grade children for several decades. Sue was a member of the parish council at St. Rose of Lima and a longtime member of the altar society- serving previously as the president. She loved her faith and greatly enjoyed taking theology classes.
She served for many years as a volunteer and then as a member of the board of directors for the Red River Valley Hospice.
Sue’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also loved to share her joy and candy treats with all the children in the neighborhood. She was beloved in the community and known to all as “Grandma Sue”.
She is survived by her sons, Paul (Michelle) Fargo, ND; Pat (Brenda) Fargo, ND; Chuck (Meghan) Hillsboro, ND; Mike (Echo) Fergus Falls, MN; Casey (Angie) Otsego, MN; daughters, Vickie (Lynn) Feist, Pierre, SD; Julie (Jon) Larson, Detroit Lakes, MN; Katie (Mike) Smith, Fargo, ND, 27 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren, sisters: Phyllis (David) Jacobson, Watertown, SD and Sally (Gary) Gramm, Brookings, SD.
She was preceded in death by husband Donald J. Breen, parents Joe B & Louise (Fox) Stricherz, brother Douglas Stricherz.
Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center.
SuzAnn’s family wishes to thank Sanford Hillsboro Nursing Home and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their loving care of their mother.