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Obituary for Joseph Edward Sus

May 20, 1939 – June 24, 2023

Joseph Edward Sus, 84, passed away on June 24 surrounded by his family.

Joseph Edward Sus
Joseph Edward Sus

A lifetime resident, Joe was born in Racine on May 20, 1939, to the late Joseph and Gertrude (nee: Hantschel) Sus. He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School and then attended Dominican College, focusing on his love for music and teaching accordion in his spare time.

He was united in marriage with the love of his life, Jeannine (nee: von Germeten) on Sept. 28, 1968, in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

He went on to serve in the B Co 121st Sig Bn 5th Army from 1963 to 1965 and was recognized for his stellar marksmanship, receiving numerous awards from the U.S. Army Rifle Team.

He went on to have a lifelong career in package engineering for S.C. Johnson Wax. Joe was an active member of the S.C. Johnson Fishing Club and Root River Restoration team.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, nature, and conservation efforts. He also shared his love of art, music, and beauty with his family.

As a lifelong Catholic, he had a devout faith and was an active member of the Tridentine Mass Catholic community in the area, serving in many capacities at Queenship of Mary Chapel.

Surviving are his children, Karyn O’Neel of West Chester, Pa., Michelle (Paul) Busateri of St. Mary’s, Kan., Josef Eric (Jennifer) Sus of Racine, and Angela (Christopher) Matzke of Reston, Va.; grandchildren, Micheal, John Patrick, Kaitlin, Aidan, Rosie, and Liam O’Neel, Ethan, Natalia, Scarlett, and Milena Sus, Gabriella, Joseph, Maria, and Salvatore Busateri, Lucy, Beatrix, and Henry Matzke; brother, Robert Sus; sister-in-law, Sandra Sus; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Jean; his infant child, Mary Jo; brother, John Sus; niece, Kristen Sus; and nephews, Todd and Sean DeGuire.


A visitation for Joseph Edward Sus will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 6 at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. A Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on July 7 in St. Pius V SSPX Chapel in Mukwonago, with interment to follow at Holy Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for mass celebrations in his memory.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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