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Suzanne J. Exley

Suzanne J. Exley

September 27, 2016

Suzanne Joyce Exley, age 72, passed away peacefully at her home in Altoona, WI on Tuesday September 27, 2016.

Suzanne was born on February 5, 1944 to Clayton and Margaret (Miller) Cardin, the second of three children. She was sister to Sharon (David) Hansen and David (Marjie) Cardin.   She attended Onalaska High School where she met her husband of 51 years, Harry Exley. Harry and Suzanne were married on January 23, 1965, and had two children; a son, Ron (Anita), of Marshall, WI and a daughter, Coleen (Rick) Nettesheim, of Louisville, KY.  

Suzanne’s passion from an early age was to be a teacher.  She attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and received a Bachelor’s degree (1967) and later a Master’s degree (1975) in Education from La Crosse.  Suzanne’s 36 year career included teaching 5th and 6th grade in the Holmen, La Crosse, and Middleton and Cross Plains school districts.  While working on her second Master’s degree in Educational Administration from University of Wisconsin - Madison (1993), Suzanne became Principal at Black Earth Elementary School (1991-1994) and finally finished her career in education as Principal of Tainter and Franklin Elementary schools in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 2002. In her retirement, Suzanne worked as Family Literacy Program Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of Chippewa Valley from 2003 to 2006.  She participated in her church circle at Lake Street United Methodist Church, and was a member of the National T.T.T. Society in Eau Claire.   

Suzanne loved home and family, enjoyed gardening, cooking, and baking.  Most of all she enjoyed her role as grandmother to granddaughters Katie and Alivia Nettesheim, and step-grandson Jacob Nettesheim. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Harry, her two children, Ron (Anita) of Marshall, WI and Coleen (Rick) Nettesheim of Louisville, KY, a sister Sharon Hansen of Tucson, AZ, and a brother David (Marjie) Cardin of Eau Claire, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Margaret (Miller) Cardin, brother-in-law David Hansen, niece Renee Knecht, and step-nephew, Jason Belden.

Suzanne was a kind, generous and thoughtful person who loved her family deeply.  She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will take place at 11 am on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Lake Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Cherie Forret officiating.  Visitation will take place at the church Friday morning from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Burial will take place in the Onalaska Cemetery in Onalaska, WI on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Suzanne’s name to: Mayo Clinic Health System Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 2060, Eau Claire, WI 54702 or Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Friends may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com. Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 545701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Visitation will take place at the church Friday morning from 9:30 am until the time of service.

Service

Funeral services will take place at 11 am on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Lake Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Cherie Forret officiating.