Susan Marie Harris, 69, of Sheffield, Iowa, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at her home in Sheffield. She was born June 28, 1949, in Mason City, Iowa, to Dale Philip and Luella Marie (Siems) Lahner.
Susan graduated from Sheffield-Chapin High School and then attended Surgical Assistant school in Minneapolis, receiving a two year degree.
Susan was united in marriage to Michael G. Harris on May 12, 1973, at the United Methodist Church in Sheffield.
She worked as a surgical assistant in the Hampton Hospital until she began her career with Sukup Manufacturing. Susan began in the Customer Service Department and loved her position within the company. She was able to use her medical background as the plant nurse for several years, as well. Susan worked for 12 years before starting her own refurbish business in the Main Street building where both her dad and Grandma Fern had businesses prior to hers. After five years of self-employment, Susan began at Sukup Manufacturing again and worked there until her retirement in 2013. Following retirement, she worked for Timeless Treasures, filling in as needed a few days each week. This was her "dream" retirement job.
Susan was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation. She was affiliated with the EUB/United Methodist Church. Susan enjoyed fishing, antiques, being outdoors, gardening and cooking. She was an animal rescuer and enjoyed many years of serving Meals on Wheels.
Susan was an independent, detailed person known for her generosity and care-giving. She was a loyal friend, great fishing partner to Mike and selfless sister who found any occasion to send a card or give to others.
Susan is survived by her husband Michael G. Harris of Sheffield, brother David (Nancy) Lahner of Boone, sister Jean (Mark) Brandt of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sister Mary (Mike) Kranz of Clarion, brother Bill (Annette) Lahner of Sheffield, sister Anne (David) Foster of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, brother Peter (Andra) Lahner of Kansas City, Kansas, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Dale and Luella Lahner, brother Stephen Lahner, in-laws Gerald and Shirley Harris and brother-in-law Patrick Harris.
Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society or Animal Rescue League of Iowa - Dogs.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
I remember working with Susan at Sukup Manufacturing. Never did I pass her office door that she always had that great smile and greeting. We always shared a love for dogs and fishing!! She was truly a beautiful person, always thinking of others with kindness. Mike, my sincere sympathy and hope for healing days ahead. Pam Rusinack
This should have been Lahner family. Marlys Beyer Hartman
Our very sincere sympathy to Mike and the Lahore Family. Have known you for so many years and have always known Sue to be a very dear sweet person May God be with you all in the days and weeks to come. Our love and sincere sympathy. Gerry and Marlys Beyer Hartman
RIP Susan. My deepest condolences to Mike and all of Susan"s brothers and sisters.
Lahner family,Frank and I were so terribly sorry to learn of Sue’s passing. She was a lovely person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She has left thus life way too soon. I am praying for God’s comfort and peace to surround you all during this time of sadness and in the days to follow. Frank and Lena Norris
We are thinking of you Mike & the Lahner family . I didn’t personally know Sue very well - I did know she had such a comforting calm voice. & that she was one of Grama Nita’s favorite people ever. Enjoy your special memories. 🙏
Dennis has often talked about the good times he shared with Sue during the years they worked at Sukups. She was always there with a smile and a helping hand for anyone who needed it. Sue will be remembered as a kind and generous woman who was always one of the first to send a card to celebrate life’s joys and sorrows. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with Mike and the Lahner families.
Sue was a very lovely lady! Will miss seeing her at the retirees breakfast every month. Prayers to Mike and all of the Lahner family Dale and Marlys Mondt
Susan Harris was more than a friend to me. She was a beautiful person inside and out who did so many kind and generous things for me and so many others. I learned so much from Susan -- how to be there for others, not to wait to do good things because you might not get a second chance, and to share joy. I thank God for having Susan in my life and sharing so many good times with her-- work times, lunches, and road trips. She was truly a blessing, and I will miss her greatly. My love and prayers go out to Mike and the Lahner family. Diane Hughes
It was a pleasure to work with Sue at Sukup's way back when and I always thought she was such a gracious lady. My sincere condolences to Mike and family. Gayle Winfrey
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Sue. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, family and friends.
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