Susan M. Topel, 64

Susan Mary Topel, age 64, of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday, June 29, 2018, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with stomach cancer.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. There will be a gathering of family and friends Thursday, July 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, and will continue Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to “no stomach for cancer;” www.nostomachforcancer.org.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Sue was born April 24, 1954, in Spring Lake Park, to Roger and Lida (Zitzloff) Ruud.

She was united in marriage to Fred Topel Oct. 18, 1975, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.

A loving wife, mother, and devoted grandmother, Sue loved to fish, decorate cakes, and bake; loved her dogs, and enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Sue and Fred owned and operated a dairy farm together, where they raised their three children.

Sue was a mom to a lot of people. She had a heart of gold. Nothing could take her down, and she was the glue that kept the family together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Lida Ruud; and her sister, Sandy Hughes.

Sue is survived by her husband, Fred; children Jeremy (Dawn) Topel, Amy (Karen) Topel, and Valerie (Reid) Becker; two grandchildren, Ilijah Topel and Isabel Becker; siblings Chris Stearns, Richard (Roxi) Ruud, Morris (Diane) Ruud, JoElla (Bill) Kath, Cindy (Bob) Olsen, Cheryl Keene, Chuck (Beth) Ruud, and Trisha Ruud; mother-in-law Dorothy Topel; and sisters-in-law Dianne Hertell, Kathy (Henry) Chesley, and Linda (Gary) Topel; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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