Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Carol Sue “Susie” Kaessen

Carol Sue “Susie” Kaessen, age 80, of Quincy, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 4:45 p.m. in her home.

Carol Sue Kaessen | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisSusie was born November 13, 1936 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Carl William and Edna Wittland Hempelman. She married Wayne E. Kaessen on November 22, 1956 in St. James Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

She graduated from St. James Lutheran School and in 1954 from Quincy High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. Susie worked for the Illinois State Bank in the safety deposit department from 1954 to 1958.

Susie was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, where she helped with the school’s library and was a member of the LWML. Susie was an avid reader and often went camping with her family.

Susie is survived by a daughter, Linda (Dan) Kaltenbach of Quincy; three grandchildren, Zachary (Nena) Kaltenbach of Palmyra, MO, and Victor and Kylor Kaltenbach, both of Quincy; a great-grandson, Edward Wayne Kaltenbach of Palmyra, MO; three sisters, Dorothy Stratman of Long Beach, CA, Phyllis Wolter of Quincy, and Kay (Ernie) Hamlin of Lewistown, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Wayne, Susie was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Kaessen, her parents, a sister, Bonnie Peters and her husband Harold, and three additional brothers-in-law, Bill Esswein, Hardin Stratman, and Robert Wolter,

Services: Saturday (April 22, 2017) at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Marlin Rempfer officiating.

Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: Saturday (April 22, 2017) from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at St. James Lutheran Church

Memorials: St. James Lutheran School, St. James Lutheran Church, or Unity Point Hospice


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. We are sad to hear of Susies passing. We know she is healthy and pain free now. She surely has left a void in many hearts and lives but we hope your wonderful memories will being some peace and a smile or two.

  2. Susan was such a nice person. I have fond memories of spending time with her family. She is at rest now.

  3. Linda, deepest sympathy for the passing of your Mother!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs. I’ll see you another time as Charlie and I are in Georgia visiting our new grandson, Easton. He was born 4-15-17 at 8:25p.m.,21″ 9.1 pounds! With a bunch of brown hair! Miss and love you.

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