Published in the Pine County Courier, Sandstone, MN and the Askov American, Askov, MN July 6, 2017
Susan Ann Mans was born on September 29th, 1963 in Rush City, Minnesota. She was the only girl and the 5th of the 6 children to Art and Eileen (Moody) Mans. She passed away on June 28th, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, due to heart complications with her family at her side.
Sue went to Hinckley Public School through her 8th grade, then to Sandstone Public Schools to graduate in 1982. She loved to run and participated in track and cross country, going to State twice during her Hinckley School years.
Right out of High School, in the fall of 1982, she enrolled in Bethel College, St. Paul while working at the college cafe, to complete her Bachelor’s Degree as a Registered Nurse. Her career started in Barron, WI where she worked in the hospital for 3 years. In 1989 she went over the road as a traveling nurse. The cities Sue worked in were, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, then on to Denver, Colorado and lastly to Elko, Nevada. She returned to MN and started on her Master’s Degree at University of MN, while she worked a full time job to put herself through college. She obtained a degree as a Nurse Practitioner in psychology. In the latter years, Sue was employed in St. Cloud, MN and most recently at Gateway Clinic in Sandstone. She was also counseling inmates at both the Chisago and Pine County jails. She had just started to put things in motion to open her own practice, S.A.M. Psychiatric Consulting Services, in Pine City.
Sue struggled with back trouble all of her adult life, starting with an incident in high school when she got an old Arctic Cat Panther stuck in the field. She over-worked her back trying to get it out and had trouble ever since. She had 2 two-day back surgeries, the first one about 10 years ago. She checked herself in and got it done without telling anyone so as not to worry anyone. The last back surgery was in December 2015. Her most recent physical struggles were with Raging Lyme Disease for the past 2 years.
Sue helped so many people. She helped her family get through the unexpected and tragic loss of her brother, Tom on July 4th, 1980. She helped her Mom when her Grandma, Eleanora Moody was failing and passed away in 1985. She moved back to live at home so she could help her Mom when her Dad started to fail for a few years. She continued to help her Mom after she was left alone on October 6, 2014 when her Dad passed away. She helped her good friend, Peggy for the last 20 years. She helped so many patients and they were so dedicated to her.
Sue was handy. She was ambitious and she could do about anything. Eileen said that when she was in high school, Sue took apart a lawnmower, with pieces laying everywhere. She said, “Sue, are you going to get that put back together?” Sue replied, “Well, it didn’t work the way it was-did it!” She put it all back together and it worked like new. Sue could put in a new fence, make hay and run and fix all the equipment. She could split and move firewood and take care of livestock. Most of all, did she love Halloween!
Sue is survived by her mother, Eileen (Moody) Mans, her brothers, Tim and Sue (Sivigny) Mans, Jim Mans, John Mans and Daniel and Heidi (Novak) Mans, nephews: Tom, Tyler and Teddy, nieces: Sara and Savannah, great nephew: Wyatt, step niece and nephew, Ashley and Nic, step great nephews: Wheeler, Walker, Quinn, step great nieces: Wren and Lennox, adopted brother and sister, John and Eileen Fink and special friend, Peggy Turk. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, her father Art Mans in 2014, and her brother Tom Mans in 1980. Her family, friends, and her patients will dearly miss her.
Memorial Service 11:00am Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Cloverdale, with visitation Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm at the church, as well as 1 hour prior to services.