Susan E. (Riester) O’Leary, 71


Susan Elizabeth O’Leary, 71, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, after a lengthy illness, at home with her husband, Rick of 43 years, by her side. 

Susan was born on Nov. 3, 1952, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.  Daughter of Alfred and Mary Ann (Steinbach) Riester. They resided on the family farm near Dunlap and Susan attended St. Joseph Catholic School until it’s closure. She completed her education at Dunlap Community High School, until she graduated in 1970. During Susan’s early years, she helped on the farm doing chores, doing fun activities, and babysitting during her high school years.

Susan united in marriage to Richard O’Leary on May 5, 1980. Rick & Sue made their home in Brainerd, Minn. She was creative; she enjoyed sketching, drawing, baking, and calligraphy. She enjoyed bargain shopping, checking out thrift shops, and visiting. As Sue dealt with health concerns, she developed a strong faith throughout her life, and she shared that faith with her family and friends.

Susan is survived by her husband, Rick; siblings, Ann (Dennis) Gute, Andy (Janet) Riester, Maggie (Tom) Bissen, Leo (Marianne) Riester, Mike (Paula) Riester; nieces and nephews; and friends.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Alfred, and Mary; brother, Francis (Frank) Riester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements made by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd, Minn.