Susan Arleen “Sue” <I>Rindahl</I> Merkle

Susan Arleen “Sue” Rindahl Merkle

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 23 Sep 2014 (aged 71)
Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas, USA
Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 136320907 · View Source
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Sue Merkle
(February 27, 1943 - September 23, 2014)

My memory of Sue, whom I have always called Susu, is alive with love and light. She sparkled like sun on a river. She twinkled like stars in the nighttime. She touched everyone she talked to, if not with her voice then with her eyes. She was a military daughter, born on February 27, 1943 to Mark Edward and Helen Gloria “Tommy” (Milnor) Rindahl, then a military wife. And she loved us all. Susan Arleen Rindahl was born in Seattle then raised in France. She herded goats, slid down waterfalls, and saw Elvis. She worked in a candy and chocolate shop in Colorado Springs, where she caught the eye of a young cadet. He came down from the US Air Force Academy to ask the pretty young college girl to a dance. They went together, and were married in the summer of 1963. After many moves around the country with the Air Force, Susan and Gil Merkle settled with their three daughters in New Berlin, which isn’t quite Seguin but isn’t quite La Vernia. Sue quickly found the Altar Guilds of St. Andrew’s and The Cathedral Chapel of St. John’s, both of which she was an instrumental part for many years. She loved to sing, loved when the altar was just right, and loved to worship with her Lord. She lives on in the altar hangings and linens that she hand sewed and embroidered. And she lives on in the lives she has touched, in the people she loved and who loved her. She taught me, her only granddaughter, to sew, and when to use a fowl knife versus a serrated knife (they are not interchangeable), and how to sift flour so that cakes and cookies are never dry (whisk the flour, scoop with spoon into measuring cup). Each of us, family or friend, has our own memories of Susu, who passed peacefully to eternal life on September 23, 2014, surrounded by those she loved. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Merkle, LtCol, USAF (Ret).; by her sister, Kristine Rindahl, and her brother, Steven “Steve” Rindahl; her daughters Kelly Olson and her husband David Olson, Sheri Henderson and her husband Edwin Henderson, and Lori Merkle Ford and her husband Matthew Ford; by her grandchildren Sarah Henderson, Brendan Olson, Matthew Olson, Stephen Henderson, and Christopher Olson. Sue lived a life full of love, and we do our best to match her. A memorial service celebrating Sue’s life will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 4:00pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Nolte St, Seguin, Texas 78155. She will be interred at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sue may be made to: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund for the Altar Guild, 201 E. Nolte Street, Seguin, TX 78155, or to The Cathedral Chapel of St. John Altar Guild c/o The Bishop Jones Center, PO Box 6885, San Antonio, TX 78209.

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  • Created by: Ancestor Hunter*
  • Added: 23 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 136320907
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Arleen “Sue” Rindahl Merkle (27 Feb 1943–23 Sep 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 136320907, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ancestor Hunter* (contributor 48051371) .