OCONOMOWOC

Sue Johnson Dowd


March 15, 1940 – Aug. 11, 2013


Sue Johnson Dowd, 73, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, surrounded by her family. Sue was born March 15, 1940, in Oconomowoc, where she grew up with her parents and younger brother.

She attended Oconomowoc schools and graduated from Northwestern University in June of 1962. Before raising a family in Wisconsin, Sue spent time in San Francisco as a model. Along with her husband, Jim Dowd, she committed her time and talents into managing Wilkinson Manor and bringing Saturday Mass to the Manor community. Sue was also integral in starting the Jim Dowd Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist students in the Oconomowoc community. In between the time she devoted to her family, friends and the community, Sue enjoyed gardening, needlework, reading and gathering with the gang for Saturday Holy Hour.

Sue was the beloved mother of Dan (Carol) Bobke of Mission Viejo, Calif., Peter (Kris) Bobke of Oconomowoc, Tina (Mark) Hohlfeld of Oconomowoc and Eric (Andrea) Bobke of Whitefish Bay. She was also a loving stepmother to Mary, Catherine, Mike, Pat, Margaret, Anne, Tom, Jane and John. Sue will be sorely missed by her 26 grandchildren and her loving dog, Seamus.

Sue was preceded in death by her mother and father, Margi and George C. Johnson, and her brother, Jim Johnson. She was also preceded by her husband and soul mate, James F. Dowd, and their beloved dog, Murphy.

Friends and family will gather from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. service Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc.

Memorials, if desired, may be sent to AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc or Holy Hill.

Sue’s feisty personality will be missed by all of those who loved her.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.