Susan Mae Riehle

OREGON – Susan Mae Riehle, age 70, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, at 8 p.m. with her husband of 50 years holding her hand. She was ready to meet Jesus. Susan was born on Oct. 2, 1949, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Edward and Joyce Thompson. She graduated from East High School in 1967 and went then went on to a nurse’s aid program at Madison General Hospital. She met George Riehle and they were married on July 12, 1969. They moved to Watertown to start their lives together and had two children, Paul, born on Nov. 26, 1969, and Cari, born on July 9, 1973. In 1974 they moved back to Madison, and in 1978 they moved to Oregon. They then bought their home in Brooklyn and in 1993 bought their current home in the Town or Oregon.

Susan worked as a nurse’s aide, then worked for Badger Prairie Health Care in Verona. After hurting her back, she worked for The Public Health Department and later she had a desk job for Jepa in McFarland. Her last and most rewarding job was with the Oregon Senior Center as an outreach case manager for the elderly. Susan, a city girl, and George, a farm boy, both loved animals. She owned many dogs over the years and really enjoyed taking them for walks or going fishing. Susan’s health took a turn for the worse in 2013 and was admitted to the hospital for kidney failure and heart problems. George retired from Madison Metro to take care of her. After struggling with numerous health issues, she died at St. Mary’s Hospital, 70 years after she was born there.

Susan is survived by her husband; children, Paul and Cari; and brothers, Edward and Garry. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 12 noon on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with the Rev. Mike Parker presiding. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday.

There are so many supportive friends to thank, our church in Albany, the United Methodist Pastor, Pat Pluss, and Cari and her husband Shane. The family would also like to thank all the medical personnel at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dean Health care, Fresenius Dialysis Center, the RSVP drivers from the Oregon Senior Center and the V.A. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Senior Center. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park St.
(608) 835-3515