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Susan Randle Menke White

Susan Randle Menke White, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Golden Living Center - Dorchester after a long illness.

She was born January 16, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of the late Don and Nell Menke. Sue graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri and received both a BA and MA from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She later received a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

In 1972 she married Dennis White. She is survived by her husband Dennis and three children, Alex Menke White (Samantha Staley), Rebecca Menke White and Keith Menke White, all of Madison, Wisconsin; two sisters, Besty Friedrichs and Martha Owen; two brothers, Doug Menke and Michael Menke; three sisters-in-law, Valeria Menke, Kasee Menke and Sharon Daw; two brothers-in-law, Charles Friedrichs and Rod Owen; many dear nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and brother, David Menke.

Sue worked tirelessly as a special educator most of her adult life, in Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. She was Director of Special Education at Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay Schools, and taught part time at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay for several years.

Sue loved singing and was a part of many musical groups throughout her lifetime. Of particular importance to her were the Hope Church Choir and Circle Singers. She was an accomplished amateur photographer who loved the outdoors, was an enthusiastic camper, canoeist, hiker, lover of wildflowers and birds. She was an avid participant at the YMCA and was a charter member of the Door County Y. Sue was an active participant with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for many years.

A memorial service is scheduled at Hope United Church of Christ, Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, August 31 at 3:00 pm. with Rev. Richard Feyen officiating. Friends may call at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday, August 31.

Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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