Hazel Suzanne Padgette was born Nov. 14, 1918, to Fred and Emma (Molendorf) Barnett and was called home by our Lord on Dec. 24, 2012.
She graduated from Lake Crystal High School. In 1941 she moved to Brainerd and married Rueben Padgette. Together they had five children.
Although her given name was Hazel, she was known as “Sue” from the time she moved here until she entered assisted living in 2010.
Sue worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Burt Electric for over 30 years and also worked as a waitress at Edgewater Inn, Harold’s Club, Chaz’s, Papa C’s and Club La Guyal. Her creative and artistic interests were many. She was a talented quilt maker and seamstress and did beautiful needlepoint, embroidery and crochet. She painted ceramics and exhibited her floral arrangements at many area garden club shows.
Above all, Sue was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. She was able to make several trips to spring training in Fort Myers and had the opportunity to see two games at the new Target Field.
In her spare time, Sue loved gardening, especially growing roses, watching and feeding birds and reading.
Surviving are one sister, Edythe Stahnke, St. Paul; a daughter, Sharron Ryappy (Marlyn), Brainerd; and two sons, Jim Padgette (JoAnn), Punta Gorda, Fla., and Gary Padgette (Meredith Zallar), Brainerd; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by many close friends and neighbors.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Gregory and Tony; one granddaughter, Lisa; one grandson, Greg; two brothers; and six sisters.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church with Father Brandon Moravitz officiating.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetary in Brainerd. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 30 from 1-3 p.m. with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory in Brainerd.
Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory, Brainerd.
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