Susan J. Kolb, 59

Susan J. Kolb, 59, of the town of Wayne, passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at her home, with her family at her side. She was born on June 5, 1953, in Wausau, the daughter of Donald and Elaine (Heidemann) Utecht, and on Sept. 29, 1973, she was united in marriage to Thomas Kolb at St. Peterís United Church of Christ in Kiel.

Susan touched the lives of many people as minister, artist, mentor, guide and friend. She lived with uncommon faith in Godís abiding love and confidence in the possibilities of the human spirit. Susan joined Cedar Community as the Retreat and Education manager for Cedar Valley, while seeking and being granted full ordination as a U.C.C minister. She most recently served as the director of ministry at Cedar Community, influencing the lives of residents, leaders and staff. She lived her life with intention and integrity. Susan knew how to create fun and reverence. She believed in grace and she lived in grace. Those who love her will recognize her in the song of the birds and the vision of a rainbow.

Those Susan leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, Tom; two daughters, Megan (David) Clark of Wauwatosa and Corrie (Kedrick) Strutz of West Bend; a granddaughter, Madeline; her parents, Donald and Elaine Utecht of Green Bay; two brothers, Bill (Terry) Utecht of Howard and Allan (Pat) Utecht of Kiel; and other relatives, co-workers and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at Peace United Church of Christ, 343 First St., Kewaskum, WI at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, with the Rev. Eric Kirkegaard officiating. The family will greet guests on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. at the church until the time of the service. Memorials to Cedar Community or Peace United Church of Christ are appreciated.

There will be an additional memorial service for Susan at Cedar Community in the next few weeks. For more information please call or look on their website.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Susanís arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at