Susan “Sue” Ommen, 69, of Harmony, passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with MS on February 6, 2019, at St. Marys in Rochester, Minn.
Sue was born in Hopkins, Minn., on June 12, 1949, to Lyle and Helen (Jensen) Wynkoop. After graduating from Hopkins High School she went to Mankato State College and received a four-year degree in elementary education.
While attending college she met the love her life, Lu Ommen, and they were married on October 9, 1971. She taught elementary for a year in Mankato, Minn., until they ventured out to Denver, Colo., where she taught elementary for three years. They came back to Mankato and she worked in early childhood education until they moved to Harmony in 1977, where they made their home and raised their family.
Sue was very involved in her community and loved volunteering. She loved all types of flowers and enjoyed gardening. She was one of the co-founders of the Harmony Garden Club, was in book club, volunteered at the Harmony Visitor Center, enjoyed being a part of the “Golden Happenings,” and was active with Fillmore County Special Olympics. She wrote for several area newspapers throughout several years to fulfill her passion for writing. She was very active in her church, church choir and circle. She will be remembered for her loving smile and compassion for everyone. All of her grandchildren held a very special spot in her heart and now she will be their guardian angel.
Sue is survived by her husband Lu and faithful companion Gilbert of Harmony, Minn., son Josh Ommen of Apache Junction, Ariz., daughter Gina (Mike) Ommen-Flaby of Harmony, Minn.; her three grandchildren: Natalie, Oliver and Hunter; her children by heart, Ed (Cher) Block of Rowley, Iowa, along with their daughters and grandchildren, and Gisel Velazquez of Colorado Springs, Colo., along with her daughter. She is also survived by three sisters and one brother, several nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law.
Memorial service for Sue will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at Greenfield Lutheran church in Harmony, Minn. Visitation will be held two hours before the service on February 13, 2019. Lindstrom Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony Community Foundation or Fillmore County Special Olympics.