Madison - Susan Lynn Utecht, age 56, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Willows Nursing Home in Sun Prairie, after a 6-month battle with cancer. Susan was born on May 25, 1956 to Lyle and Eleanor "Dolly" Peterson. She graduated from LaFolette High School in 1974. Susan enjoyed her summers on Lake Somo in Tomahawk where she met, and later married Mike Utecht and together had a daughter, Kari, in 1976. She later moved to Texas where she managed a multi-unit apartment complex, for ten years before returning to Madison. During her career she held several jobs, but her favorite was as manager of the Grieg Club on Williamson St.
Susan loved socializing with her friends, spending time with her grandson, and motorcycle rides with Mike.
Susan is survived by her significant other Michael O'Rourke; her daughter Kari Mistele; grandson Jamison Mistele; brothers Mark (Laurie) Peterson and Kevin (Tammy) Peterson; and her mother Dolly. Susan was preceded in death by her father Lyle and her brother Thomas Peterson.
Susan's family would like to thank the staff at the Willows Nursing Home, UW Hospital, and Agrace HospiceCare.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 25, 2013 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave. at 5:30 p.m. with visitation from 4:00 until the time of service.