Sue E. Hayes

March 3, 1948 – Aug. 22, 2010

Sue Hayes, 62, of Menasha, passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston with her family at her side after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

She was born March 3, 1948, in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Gerald and Phyllis (Wisner) Baalrud. On Sept. 30, 1972, Sue married the love of her life, Patrick Hayes, at St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha. She was an elementary music teacher in New Mexico and Oconomowoc, retiring from the Neenah Public School System in 2004 after 28 years of teaching. Sue was a faithful member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Appleton, and was active with the Prayer Circle and Women’s Bible Study. Her love of music showed in her involvement with the handbell choir, singing in the church choir and as accompanist for Monday evening services. Many will recall Sue’s generosity with her enjoyment of sewing, knitting, scrapbooking and baking. Sue was a very caring and giving lady and was always there to help in whatever capacity she was able to. She loved going up North and taking her daily walks. Sue’s family meant the world to her, and she cherished the time spent with her granddaughters.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, Pat Hayes of Menasha; her dear sons and daughter-in-law, Chris Hayes of Brown Deer and Brandon and Michelle Hayes of Hartford; her precious granddaughters, Ellie and Audrey Sue Hayes; stepmother, Mary Jane Baalrud of Waukesha; sister, Karen Baalrud of Green Bay; brothers-in-law, Mike Hayes of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Murph Hayes of San Diego; aunts, Harriet LeClair of Tomahawk and Jo (Bob) Wisner of Wild Rose; and nieces and nephews, Kirsten (Luis) Murgas of Hartford, Kara (Paul) Bennett-Boehm of Waukesha, Erick (Becky) Bennett of Milwaukee, Hilary Hayes of Los Angeles and Rachel (Stuart) Hayes-Gayle of New York City. She is further survived by her cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and many caring friends.

The family wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Dr. P. Hari of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for his caring services and to the St. Clare’s Hospital ICU team in Weston.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2330 E. Calumet St., Appleton. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Aug. 28, at the church. The Rev. Roger McQuistion and the Rev. Gary Nokleberg will be officiating. A family committal will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

Memorials are appreciated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or Prince of Peace Helping Hands.

Wichmann Funeral Home in Menasha is serving the family. For more information, call 920-831-9905 or visit online at