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Susan P. Burgeson

Susan P. Burgeson

Susan (Sue) Plimpton Burgeson passed away on February 13, 2021 at age 80. Her family was by her side.

Sue was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 13, 1940, to George and Carol (Bugbee) Plimpton living in East Chicago and Schererville, Indiana, while growing up. Sue had an older brother Peter Plimpton, and two cousins Jim and Tom Plimpton, whom she considered brothers. She shared many fond memories of the four of them growing up together. 

After graduating from Valparaiso University in 1962, she moved to Myrtle Point, Oregon, to teach music at the local school and logging camps in the area. While playing the organ for church service, she saw Carl Burgeson walk in. It was love at first sight and she had a hard time concentrating on the music after that! They were married on July 11, 1964. They had three daughters, Carrie, Sarah and Rachel. In Oregon, Carl’s career with the US Forest Service took them many places to live; Cave Junction, Mapleton, Silver Lake, Crescent, and La Pine. They loved each small town, where they were active in church and made many friends. 

In 1984, the family moved to Sitka, Alaska, for Carl’s career. They saw this opportunity as another great adventure and stayed for 31 years. Throughout her years there, Sue worked for Daily Sitka Sentinel newspaper; Sitka School District; and as a private piano teacher. She taught piano lessons for 13 years. Her “Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge” was a highly sought-after prize by her students and she always kept a huge cookie in the freezer, just in case. She was always proud of all of her students.

In Sitka, Sue was very active with Grace Lutheran Church, playing the piano every Sunday and teaching Sunday School. She was well known in the community for playing the piano weekly at Sitka Community Hospital’s Long Term Care, Sitka Pioneer Home, and Swan Lake Senior Center. She loved to entertain the residents with her music. Sue also played the piano for many elementary school spring and winter concerts. She was active in the “Babies and Books” and reading buddy library programs. Sue was known around town for her outgoing, inquisitive, positive personality. She truly made friends wherever she went. Her deep love for Sitka abided after they moved away.

Carl and Sue moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 2015 to be closer to medical facilities and a change of scenery. Sue loved their beautiful, peaceful home, especially all the wildlife that frequented the property. They became members of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. Sue enjoyed the fellowship they found there and still occasionally played for church service. They also hosted several weekly bible studies in their home and enjoyed making new friends that way.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Peter Plimpton; a cousin, Jim Plimpton; and her daughter Carrie Crye.

Sue is survived by Carl, her husband of 56 years; her daughters Sarah (Henry) Hopkins of Juneau, Alaska ; Rachel Miller of Seattle, Washington; and her beloved grandchildren; Tyler, Ariel Miller of Sitka, Alaska; Emma, Erik Hopkins of Juneau, Alaska; Declan Crye of Kodiak, Alaska; and cousin Tom Plimpton of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday February 22, 2021 St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The memorial services will be livestreamed on St. Paul’s Menomonie Church Facebook page and Youtube channel for those unable to attend. Interment will be at a later date in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School, 1100 9th St. E., Menomonie, WI 54751.


  1. Mike and Marcia Hirai

    Was so sad to hear about Sue's passing. Her radiant smile and laughter is what I loved about her. Derek loved taking piano lessons from her and she was always encouraging and positive and he appreciated all that she taught him. She gave her all and Sitka was so blessed by her passion and involvement.

  2. Alice Johnstone

    What wonderful memories I have of Sue. She will be deeply missed by all. Alice

  3. Karen & Mike White

    To Carl and family:
    May we wish you a great family sincerely condolence from the Whites in Sitka.

  4. Heidi & Clay

    Carl and family,
    Sue brought sunlight and smiles as if everyday was a performance. A gift. Know we are thinking of you.
    Heidi & Clay

  5. Thad and Sandy Poulson

    Dear Carl and family,
    We have fond memories of you all from your Sitka days, and Sue's lively presence in the Sentinel newsroom. Sue was a wonderful person, and we offer our deepest condolences for your loss.

  6. Buffy kokke

    So sorry to hear about Sue's passing. We know that she is with the Lord. She was always so encouraging to me even from Sitka after we moved away. I miss her so much.
    My prayers are with you, Carl and your family.
    Love in Christ.
    Buffy and George Kokke ❤

  7. Sandy (Lawrosky) Labus

    Dear Carl and family, I am so sorry for your loss for I know what a delightful and loving woman Sue was. I was fortunate enough to visit with her when we both lived in Oregon way back in the 60s. We had a wonderful time. Know that you And your family are in my prayers. My deepest sympathy Class of 58, Sandy L.

  8. Roger and Colleen Ingman

    Dear Rachel and Family,
    We are very sorry to learn of your Susan's passing. I know we are never ever ready to let go of a loved one.
    May she rest in peace and your memories keep her soul burning bright on earth. Our love and deepest sympathy.

    Roger and Colleen

  9. Susan and Doug Thorpe

    To Carl and family: Sue will always be remembered for her infectious smile and easy laughter. For her tenderness when asking though questions because she truly wanted to know you. For her resilience in face of tragedy and yet her childlike curiosity. Once you met her you never forgot her as a friend. She loved deeply and especially her Savior. We will miss you Sue and all you gave to us so generously. Play your music in heaven my friend!
    Doug and Susan

  10. Carolyn Fredrickson

    Sending peace and comfort to all the family in the loss of Sue. She was a wonderful person, always smiling always and will remember her laugh. I always was happy to see her at our women’s Forest Service luncheons. Will always think fondly of her.
    Thinking and praying for you all. Carolyn Fredrickson

  11. Gregg D Batzer

    Dear Carl and family of Sue,
    I can't know what grief you must be feeling right now. I hope you can take comfort in this: Jesus' resurrection is Sue's resurrection. On the last day when Sue's Savior and our Savior returns, he will raise Sue and all those who have fallen asleep in Jesus' name. And for those who died in Jesus, truly, that is what it is, sleep. Death holds as little power over Jesus and Jesus' people as slumber does. So, grieve for awhile, but be comforted in the fact that Jesus' resurrection is Sue' resurrection.

    Gregg Batzer

  12. Marilyn/Ron Robelia

    Our sincere sympathy to Sue’s family. We have been blessed to have her here at St. Paul’s Church in Menomonie. She lived her faith, serving as an inspiration to us all. Her phone calls to Ron during his illness were so comforting. She will be missed. Marilyn/Ron Robelia

  13. Annemarie

    Dear Carl, Rachel, and Sarah, My condolences to you all. So sorry to here of Sue's passing. Her warm smile was contagious. Sitka was so fortunate to have Carl and Sue as part of our Forest Service family. You are missed.

  14. Marti Marshall

    Carl - I’ve been thinking of you lately and wondering how to get ahold of you to say hello to you and Sue when I received this sad news. I am so, so sorry. Sue was one amazing human being - I’d love to share some stories if I can get your home or email address. Hugs and much love to you during this huge time of sorrow. Also much also to Rachel and Sarah and their families. Sue was such a positive presence - she will be missed. ????????

  15. Pattricio, Maria Terasa and your family from Brazil

    We are so terribly sorry for your heartbreaking loss. You have our deepest sympathies at this truly awful time. Words cannot describe the sorrow we felt on finding out about Sue's.
    Sue was one of the most amazing people we ever met. Her warmth and generosity were unrivalled.
    We have met Sue and Carl during a trip they took here in Brazil. We were so pleased to meet them. Such a wonderful couple, great people to stay around with.
    Hoping you find the strength and love in friends and family to face the tough days ahead.
    Our prayers that you will be surrounded with God's comforting love.
    Patricio, Maria Teresa and your Family from Brazil

  16. Trisha

    God be with you till we meet again,
    By His counsels guide uphold you
    With His sheep securely fold you,
    God be with you till we meet again
    Till we meet, Till we meet,
    till we meet at Jesus’ feet.
    Till we meet, till we meet,
    God be with you till we meet again.
    CWH 327

  17. Katina Cox

    Will miss Sue at our Bible Class. She was a wonderful Christain who I am sure is with our Savior. Sue was a tremendous asset to St. Paul's and any one that was fortunate to know here. Sue, will miss you. Katina

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