March 7, 1957 – March 7, 2021
Susan Stelman Tomsche (Disch), 64, passed peacefully at home on her birthday with her family by her side after a year-long battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She fought hard to the very end, and leaves a legacy of love and caring through a wide network of friends and family. She will be remembered for her enduring kindness, upbeat personality, and high-energy approach to life. Her family affectionately called her the Energizer Bunny because she was always on the move, whether it was driving to Minneapolis and back in an evening to catch a Gophers game, running from client meetings to social events, traveling the world, or just dropping everything to help someone in need. She was a unique and beautiful soul.
Susan was born in Duluth, MN on March 7, 1957 to Lloyd and Betty Sue Disch, the oldest of three. And she lived up to the “oldest” role: She made sure everyone around her was well taken care of, was the first to provide her opinion on any given situation, and more than anything else, loved her family and friends with her whole heart.
A graduate of Duluth Central High School, Susan worked hard while raising her family, and went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in 1998 before getting licensed to become a financial advisor. She had found her calling, and spent the next 20+ years building a successful practice with Waddell & Reed. She cherished the relationships she developed with her clients, and is one of those rare people who could say she truly loved her job.
In 2011, Susan met Daniel Tomsche, the love of her life, and spent every minute since on one adventure or another, including their marriage at the Nicollet Island Inn on September 17, 2016. They traveled the world together, and opened up to Sue a whole new world of “bonus” family and friends.
Susan is preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Disch. She is survived by multitudes of loving family: Her beloved, Dan Tomsche; mother, Betty Sue Disch; siblings Steve (Sherrie) Disch and Sally Engen; daughters Marie (Dean) Hensel, Carrie (Benjamin) Kelley, and Casey Stelman; grandchildren Cooper, Carter, and Elise Hensel; John Stelman, the father of her girls; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and more. She was also loved dearly by her bonus kids: Grant (Andrea) Tomsche, Mackenzie (Justin) Lampert, and Myles (Kaitlyn) Tomsche; and grandkids Ila, Olin, Charlotte, and Ryleigh Tomsche.
The Funeral Mass in remembrance of Susan Stelman Tomsche will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 26 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. There will be a visitation held for from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 25 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany as well as one hour prior to the Mass at church from 10-11 AM on Friday. A celebration of life is planned for this summer in Duluth, MN. Details to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Association, which provided wonderful care and support throughout her journey.
Schedule and Information
There will be a visitation held for from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 25 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany as well as one hour prior to the Mass at church from 10-11 AM on Friday. A celebration of life is planned for this summer in Duluth, MN. Details to be determined.
The Funeral Mass in remembrance of Susan Stelman Tomsche will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 26 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany.