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Susan Jo Ristey

July 6, 2022 | 17 comments

Susan Jo Ristey, 68, of Holmen, passed peacefully to her heavenly home on Monday, July 4, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 2, 1953 in La Crosse to Arlene and Joseph Keenan. She and her husband Larry acknowledged their 39th Wedding Anniversary on July 2, 2022.
She enjoyed knitting and cross stitching, but her greatest joy was following her grandkids lives growing up, school, sports and graduations. They were a big part of her life.
She is survived by her husband Larry; 5 brothers; Richard and Robert of FL., Roger (Debra) Keenan of Wisconsin Rapids, Russell (Darci) Keenan of Onalaska, Rodney (Vicky) Keenan of La Crosse, and one sister JoAnn Keenan of La Crosse. She is further survived by a son Jared Stoll and wife Janice; grandson Ethan and granddaughter Emma; two stepchildren Kurt Ristey and Kristina Mandel, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Susan was preceded in death by her mother Arlene Stark, father Joseph Keenan, two sisters Carol Wardwell and Judy Fagen.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 11:00 am at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Allison Cobb will officiate.  Interment will be held at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Gundersen Lutheran Staff of 6th floor, especially Dr. Parsons and Dr. Westergard and the entire staff of the Oncology Clinic.  Also a thank you to the nurses and staff of St. Croix Hospice.  Sue will be greatly missed by all who knew her.



  1. Laura Revels Stedman

    I haven’t seen Sue in a long time, but we were neighborhood friends on French Island back in the day. So sorry for your loss. Sue RIP!

    • Larry Ristey

      Thank you for all of kind words and thoughts.

  2. Tom & Ann Marie Smith

    Larry & family. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

    • John Kluth

      Larry and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. May Sue rest in Paradise

      • Larry Ristey

        Just wanted to again thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers at Sue’s passing. I know she is in a better place now. She was my ‘Earth Angel’ now my ‘Heavenly Angel’.

    • Larry Ristey

      Thanks to you both for your thoughts and comments at the loss of Sue. I will miss her dearly.

    • Larry Ristey

      Tom &Ann,
      Thank you for all your kind words and thoughts on behalf of my wife, Sue. I will miss her dearly.

  3. Doug and Marilyn Semlar

    We are sorry.Haven’t been in touch for years, but we have happy memories of a very nice person.

    • Larry Ristey

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and words on Sue’s behalf.

  4. Zoe Bott

    Jim and I are so saddened by Sue’s loss . Oh we are so grateful we enjoyed meeting her and spending a week together on our Washington DC trip with you. What an adorable couple you were. We are so very sorry and thinking of you and your family. God Bless you and Rest peacefully Sue🙏🥰

    • Larry Ristey

      Zoe & Jim,
      Thank you for your thoughtfulness on behalf of Sue. We did have fun on that trip. I appreciate your words, thoughts and prayers. I’ll sure miss her.

  5. Sue Kneifl

    Larry, Jared and family
    So sorry for your loss. Sue was a great person, I enjoyed working with her over the years at Lakeview and Gundersen. I particularly remember the blizzard we had and Sue and I went to work as others couldn’t make it in. Tom took us to work with a rolling coast by your house for Sue to hop in so we wouldn’t get stuck! That shift lasted 24 hours! So many memories.

    You guys are in my thoughts and prayers, may she RIP!

    • Larry Ristey

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on behalf of Sue. She was a wonderful lady, a real blessing from the Lord. I’ll miss her very, very much. She was my ‘Earth Angel’ now my ‘Heavenly Angel’.

  6. Lorraine

    Thought s and prayers are with you Larry for your loss of your wife Susan. I know you and Susan from the community center.

    • Larry Ristey

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers on behalf of Sue. She will be greatly missed, especially by me.

  7. Sandy Strasser

    Larry you and your family are in my prayers. Sue was such a great person. I enjoyed working with her and our after hours times. We had some good times. Hugs sent.

    • Larry Ristey

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on behalf of Sue. She was a special lady and I will miss her dearly. I always told her that she was my ‘Special Angel’, my ‘Earth Angel’. Now she is my ‘Heavenly Angel’. May the good Lord look upon her with his favor and grant her his eternal love and peace.

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