Sue Ellen Gerlemann passed away suddenly Aug. 3, 2019. She was 62 years old. Sue was born July 30, 1957 at Washington, Mo., the daughter of Donald H. and Patricia J (nee Shelton) Pruessner.
She was the wife of Charles Louis Gerlemann, they were married May 30, 1981, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, New Haven, Mo.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Charles, by two sons, Doug Gerlemann and wife Candace, and Greg Gerlemann and wife Kate; by a sister Lynne Denehy and husband Tim; by five grandchildren, Charlotte, Francis, Henri, Garth and Riley. She is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Steve Gerlemann, Paul Gerlemann and Jim and wife Lisa Gerlemann; by nieces and nephews, Rachele Maczuk, Adam Kloppe, Sam Denehy, Mike, Jeff, Matt, Chase, Lance, Lauren and Luke Gerlemann and by many great nieces and nephews.
Sue attended New Haven Elementary and High School and was a proud Shamrock. She graduated from East Central College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education at Southeast Missouri State University. She began her teaching career at Gerald Elementary School in the fall of 1979, and retired from there in 2010. In 2013 she received the Gasconade County R-II School District’s Influential Teacher Award. Hundreds of students were fortunate to have “Mrs. G” as their teacher, and she relished sharing her love of social studies with her students.
A life-long faithful member of St. Peter’s UCC in New Haven, Sue began her service to the congregation as a Youth Fellowship leader in high school. She went on to teach Sunday School, serve on the Board of Christian Education, and assist with Vacation Bible School. Sue was previously a member of the Church Council and Memorial Committee and still volunteered at church every week.
Sue will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends. She loved her children and grandchildren, and treasured every moment spent with them. She looked forward to the annual summer family vacations she carefully planned, and enjoyed crocheting and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. She was an excellent cook and was well known for the delicious desserts she made for family gatherings.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, from 3-8 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, New Haven. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Haven.
Memorials are suggested to Gerald Penny Fair Scholarship Fund or to St. Peter’s UCC Church.