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Susan Proescholdt
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Sue Proescholdt, music aficionado, raconteur and ambassador for good humor in the face of cancer for two years, died April 3. Services for her will be held Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, with a visitation starting one hour earlier.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Fort Dodge, she graduated from Iowa State University in 1971, where she met Terry Proescholdt, who would become her husband of 45 years starting later that year. Together they also lived in Bremerton, Washington, Sioux City, and Frederick, Maryland, but Ames was always their long-term home.

Any experience worth having Sue did with aplomb, if not necessarily tidiness. She left behind a collection of gardening pants with grass-stained knees, shelves full of books with creased covers, empty containers of quickly eaten goodies she made and a fur-lined house from years of long-haired pets.

A born helper, Sue threw also herself into projects that benefitted others, including fostering children, working at a mental health institution as an undergrad, community radio and the Box Project. She received a Superior Service Award from Iowa State University in 2001, for her work as Music Hall secretary. She was active in the Presbyterian church throughout her life and locations, singing in the choir, playing handbells and serving as a deacon and on Session, among others.

Sue also loved flowers. She invites everyone to buy themselves a bouquet, garland or plant to enjoy. She asked that any donations go to charities for reproductive health or the arts.

Sue is survived by husband, Terry; sons Andrew of Sacramento, and James of Minneapolis; brother Bill McCarroll of Spencer; sisters Pat Buck (Ken) and Diane (Ronnie) Killam of New Brunswick, Canada; foster son Dan Thompson (Kara) of Lawton; a large extended family of loved ones; and all “my kids,” as she called them, that she was tickled to know while at the ISU Music Department. She was pre-deceased by parents Gus and Helen McCarroll of Fort Dodge.

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