Susanne  Presler George
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“Our friendship with Sue and Jim go back to 1964 Jim and Ed worked at the Hospital in Spirit Lake together. Sue and I bowled together also. Sue was...Read More »
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“Sue was my american Mom, student exchange program 1977 - Spirit Lake. Great person and better Mom. She will be always in my heart. ”
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“What a beautiful memory of your Mother's life. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you; Praying for God's peace and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Ann Modlin - Burlington, NC

“Kathi,So sorry to hear about your mom. In reading her obituary, it seems she was quite a woman! I pray for peace for you and your family during this...Read More »
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Susanne Presler George, 82, passed away August 27, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was the oldest daughter of Clayton and Pansy Presler and was born in Fort Dodge, IA on January 16, 1938. She is survived by her son, Doug George and daughter, Kathi (George) Arledge, three grandchildren and three sisters.

Susanne's early years were spent in Fort Dodge, Iowa before her family moved to a farm near Pioneer, Iowa. She started her education at a country school just two miles from the family farm before moving on and graduating from Gilmore City High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1956. She was active in school and 4-H activities.

With a Timex watch and a set of Samsonite luggage, Susanne set out to become a nurse, attending the University of Iowa. In response to a bulletin board announcement, she found an offer for a Thanksgiving ride to her home area, Susanne, or "Sue" as she became known, met her ride, Jim George, fresh out of the army where he had trained as a medic. With Sue's medical interest and Jim's current coursework in x-ray technology, they made an immediate connection.

In June 1958, the two were married at St. Matthew's Church in Clare, Iowa before departing for Geneseo, Illinois where they started their family, having three children, David, Doug and Kathi.

Sue's children grew up in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where Jim was employed by Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and she spent many years working for Citation Homes, pricing and extending construction estimates. Sue's flair for design and decorating led her, Jim and some builder friends to design and build a new house in Spirit Lake. This brought many perspective home builders to view the, "Georgetown," their finished home. Sue was always honored and proud of the praise she received from these visitors to her new family home.

Sue enjoyed bowling on a Spirit Lake league with friends, fine-dining in the Lakes region, and also attending continuing education classes at the Lakes Art Center of Okoboji.

Susanne was always an expert seamstress, having first learned on a Singer treadle sewing machine as a child. Her continued interest led her to take coursework in alterations and tailoring, she later worked from her home, constructing custom dresses and clothing and doing alterations for local clothing stores and individuals. She additionally did machine quilting, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, and custom-designed beachwear. Entering some of her projects in the Iowa State Fair as an adult, she received blue ribbons as well as financial awards.

Following a divorce in 1990, Sue became an Arizona transplant where she worked at Motorola, JoAnn Fabrics and Home Depot. She continued to return to the Gilmore City and Spirit Lake area to visit friends, family, former teachers and school mates whose company she greatly enjoyed.

Susanne always loved animals. Whether it was her cow "Bessie," and farm cats while growing up, or some of her cats including Licorice and Sneakers in Spirit Lake. In Arizona, she was always willing to take in the pets of others that for whatever reason could no longer keep them, and also a few rescues of her own. Her dog Lil' Bro survives his beloved owner. He is now right at home with Susanne's son Doug and his family.

Susanne spent the last five years of her life in Tempe, AZ at Divine Grace Adult Care Home, until the cancer overtook her. The family would like to give special thanks to Eric, Ursa and George at Divine Grace Adult Care Home in Mesa and Tempe, AZ who took great care of her over the years.

Susanne has donated her body to science. In the future, her ashes will be scattered at the graves of her parents in Gilmore City and at the farm where she grew up, near Pioneer, Iowa, as well as other of her favorite places across the country.

A private Celebration of Susanne's life will be he held for immediate family due to Covid. In memory of Susanne, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or your local Animal Shelter.