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OBIT: Sue Beckel

Sue Beckel of Manly, Iowa, passed away March 8, 2024, at the Care Initiatives facility in Manly. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Ashley Park, Jackson, MN.

Sue Beckel of Manly, Iowa, passed away March 8, 2024, at the Care Initiatives facility in Manly. She was 68 years old. Her husband, Scott Keil, was with her in her final hours as her courageous fight against cancer came to an end and she left this life, freeing her from her long pain and suffering.

Susan Annette Beckel was born August 15, 1955, in Jackson, Minnesota, the daughter of Stanley and Shirley (Anderson) Beckel. Sue was the youngest in her family. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1974.

She married Neil Kuchenbecker in 1975. They had three children, Nathaneil, Johanna and Johnathan. Sue and Neil later divorced. In 1992, Sue met Scott. They went on to become life partners and husband and wife. In 1994, Sue moved from Jackson to Manly, Iowa, to be with Scott and help him run their family business, the Manly Signal newspaper. Sue’s children moved to Manly as well. Sue and Scott continued to live in Manly after selling the business in 2006.

During her lifetime, Sue worked with Scott in their newspaper business. Prior to that, she was activities director at the Belmont Manor, a senior assisted living facility in Jackson. When she lived on her farm acreage, she was well-known in Jackson for selling asparagus and sweet corn.

Sue and Scott enjoyed a semi-retirement in Manly after 2006. They bought a camper and traveled widely, visting many interesting and scenic places in the central and western U.S. These were some of the most fun and happiest times Sue and Scott shared. They were able to escape the cold Midwest winters for a number of years, “snowbirding” in the Rockport, Texas, vicinity for many seasons.

Sue was a very creative and artistic person. When her children were younger, Sue was a 4-H leader and helped with Share-the-Fun talent shows. She loved many types of crafts, such as needlework, sewing, woodworking, scrapbooking, and more. Sue was an excellent cook. She loved decorating her home for various holidays throughout the year, especially Christmas and Halloween, and loved hosting family get-togethers.

Most of all, family and friends were central to Sue’s life. She was a loving mother and always tried to do her best for her children, sacrificing greatly for them down through the years. She loved being a grandma. She especially enjoyed family get-togethers.

Surviving Sue are her spouse and life partner, Scott, of Manly; children, Nathaneil Kuchenbecker of Rockport, TX, and his son Christopher, Johanna Kuchenbecker of Manly and her son Ethan King, and Johnathan (Vanessa) Kuchenbecker, of Estherville, IA, and their children Gabriella and Saraphina; sister Sherrl (Mike) Handzus of Lakefield, MN, Scott (Mary) Beckel of Jackson, and Stephen Beckel of Jackson. Also surviving are her Maras family step-brothers and step-sisters: Jeanne (Maras) Cole, Waynoka, OK, Peggy A Maras of Jackson, George Maras of Farmington, MN, Jim Maras of Madelia, MN, John Maras of Waynoka, OK, and , Suzanne Maras, Anniston, AL; an aunt, Joyce Albright of Hastings, MN; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom she held close in her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, and a step-brother, Mike Maras.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Ashley Park, Jackson, MN in the large shelter house. Seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair if able.

Some of Sue’s favorite music will be shared and a picnic lunch served, followed by a program in her honor. Please come with a favorite memory or thought about Sue to share.

She is and always will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

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