Susan was born on July 13, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN to Wayne and Ruth (Schneider) Gustafson. Her childhood had many homes across the U.S.; beginning in Minnesota and then to Portland, Oregon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Hudson, WI where she graduated from Hudson High School in 1964.
She attended UW-River Falls and majored in English Education. After graduating, she taught English at Stillwater Junior High School until 1976.
She met Gerhard “Skip” Koosmann at UW-RF during college and they married in 1969 in River Falls, WI. Their marriage would be blessed with two daughters: Eva and Anna. After the children had graduated from High School, she took up teaching again at Northeast Metro District 916 Area Learning Center, and completed her Master’s in English Education in 2002. She retired after a decade of teaching at Northeast Metro in 2008.
She was an active member in AAUW; she loved playing cards and was part of bridge groups for over 30 years. An avid reader, she enjoyed all forms of literature, art, poetry, and stage theater. She had a wonderful circle of friends that held regular pot-lucks, and a network of women that formed play-groups while raising her children. She was a strong advocate for women’s equality in leadership and education.
Susan had a kind, gentle loving spirit and who put family first. She was dependable and always there to listen when you needed her. Deeply compassionate, thoughtful, and had great empathy towards those in need. Susan had a wonderful, witty smart-sense of humor, and loved play-on words and puns, her laugh was unbridled and infectious. She was beautiful inside and out.
Susan was a generous supporter of her local arts community and educational programs. Memorials to community support groups such as Food shelfs, Turning Point etc., would be her preference.
She was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Ruth (Schneider) Gustafson. She is survived by her spouse of 54 years, Gerhard “Skip” Koosmann, their two daughters: Eva (Iver) Branson and Anna Koosmann, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, her brother Burton and his spouse Jeani (Frazier) Gustafson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11:00 am at First Congregational Church (110 N 3rd St.) in River Falls. Visitation will also be Saturday from 10-11 am at the church. A luncheon will follow the service. The service will be live streamed by the following link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/blsISlznMVg?si=sbiYg5uTOoWj1tPT Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.