Susan Brynsaas, 62, of Algona and formerly of Decorah, died Saturday April 19, 2014, at her home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, with Rev. Dr. Steven Turner officiating. Burial is at a later date in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery in Mabel, Minn.

Susan Frances Rouster, the daughter of Blaine and Helen (Rouster) Gaare, was born Nov. 8, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. She graduated from Mabel Canton High School in 1969. Susan was united in marriage with Wesley Brynsaas in Mabel, Minn. April 12, 1969.  She had worked at Snap-On Tools for 30 years. After she was diagnosed with cancer Sue retired in 2009. She was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers local 1045. Sue enjoyed collecting teddy bears, roosters, angels and “Gone With The Wind” memorabilia. She also enjoyed reading, playing darts, spending time with friends, walking and being outdoors, decorating for the holidays and making birthday cakes for Jesus on Christmas. Sue loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their events.

Left to cherish Sue’s memory is her husband of 45 years, Wesley; children and grandchildren: Tlisa Brynsass-Girlamo her fiancé, Chuck Fox and her children, Christopher and Benjamin Girlamo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carrie Barglof and her husband Brett and their children, Bennett Barglof and his fiancé Victoria Morse of Aurelia and Brenten Barglof of Cherokee and Amy Brynsaas-Haley, her special friend Mike Sulby and her children, Jasmine and Javon Haley of Clear Lake; her parents, Blaine and Helen Gaare of Mabel, Minn.; two brothers, Michael Rouster of Winona, Minn. and Dennis Gaare and his wife Myong of Huntsville, Ala.;  and four sisters: Angela Gaare, Cynthia Gaare and Jackie Gaare and her husband Eric Starke all of Minneapolis, Minn. and Deanna Gaare of Preston, Minn. 

Memorials may be made in Susan’s name to the Hospice of the Heartland, 1515 S. Phillips, Algona, IA 50511. The Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is serving the family. Condolences may be left at lentzfuneralhome.com.