SUSIE K. MESMAN was born to Klaas and Jennie Vastenhout in Valley Springs, South Dakota, on November 30, 1920. The family lived in Valley Springs and Beaver Creek, Minnesota. Susie went to school in Beaver Creek until second grade. The family then moved south of Leota, Minnesota. Susie graduated from a country school. After graduation she worked for other families keeping house.
On November 30, 1941, Susie was united in marriage to John Mesman at the Leota Reformed Church. They were blessed with three daughters: Barbara Schoolmeester, Lakewood, California, Maryann VanderBeek, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Debra Corbin, Edgerton, Minnesota.
John and Susie farmed most of their active years; in the vicinity of Leota for two years, Kenneth for four years, and in 1951 they moved to a farm north of Edgerton. They retired in 1989 and then moved into Edgerton. Susie continued to live in her home after John passed away in 1996. She came to live at Edgebrook on Febuary 1, 2016.
Susie was a member of the First Reformed Church of Edgerton. She was active in Ladies Aide and Edgebrook Auxiliary. She was known for making many polyester rugs, making approximately 1,302 which she sold at numerous craft fairs and many were gifts for family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking (many pies), handiwork, crafts, as well as tending her flowers, inside and outside.
Susie is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Barbara Schoolmeester of Lakewood, California, Maryann VanderBeek of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Debra (Orvin) Corbin of Edgerton, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren, Barry (Kay Lynn) Schoolmeester of Temecula, California, Vicki (Ruben) Cendejas of Cypress, California, and Darin (Jody) Schoolmeester of Santa Ana, California; Steve (Tammi) VanderBeek of Brandon, South Dakota, Jill (Loren) Bleyenburg of Edgerton, Minnesota, Craig (Aleta) VanderBeek of Harrisburg, South Dakota, Tanner (Larrisa) Corbin of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kaci (Jon) Beebout of Marshall, Minnesota, 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons. Susie was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; one sister, Nellie Gulker; one brother, Wilbur Vastenhout; and two sons-in-law, Douglas VanderBeek and Bruce Schoolmeester.
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