Susan Brown, 59, Albert Lea

Published 8:44 am Monday, November 29, 2010

Funeral services for Susan Jean Brown, 59, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church. Fr. James Berning and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. To sign the guest book, go to

Susan died on Sunday morning, Nov. 28, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.


Susan Jean Brown was born on Sept. 17, 1951, in Wells, the daughter of Derald and Therese (Dusza) Ehrich. She grew up in the Albert Lea area and graduated from Albert Lea High School. On June 2, 1979, she was united in marriage to Edward Brown at the West Freeborn Lutheran Church. Susan had been employed by Cargill. She was a member of St. Theodore’s Church. Susan enjoyed going to movies every Saturday with her husband Ed. She also enjoyed going to bingo and watching Vikings games.

Email newsletter signup

Survivors include her husband, Ed, of Albert Lea; her sisters and brother: Dawn (Bruce) Jacobson, Michael (Pat) Ehrich, JoAnn Ehrich and Michelle (Jeremy) Brue; nieces and nephews: Melissa (Todd) Hanson, Jess Jacobson and special friend Kate, Jill (Tyson) DeMeyer, Brian and Kimberly Ehrich, Jeremy, Christopher, Jennifer, and Amber Bishop, and Jazmin and Jadin Brue, Jill (Chad) Wallaker, Laurie (Cory) Hielscher, Scott (Racheal) Schroeder, and Cassie, Kaylie and Colton Foss; great-nieces and great-nephews: Mikayla, Kylie, and Braden Hanson, Dylan Schroeder, Paige Priebe, Malcolm, Mackenzie and Payton Wallaker and Morgan McGuire; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Colleen and Marvin Foss; sister-in-law, Audrey (Robert) Schroeder; brother-in-law, Michael (Sherrie) Foss; and her best friend, Marlene Baseman.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents: Derald and Therese; and by her grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Susan fought courageously for twenty years with cancer until her last breath was taken with her family by her side. Susan wasn’t only our sister but our best friend. She was a “true hero” to us all. To all of the cancer survivors her words of wisdom were to keep strong and keep fighting. Her favorite song was “Hero” by Mariah Carey, which was given to her by her family. Never give up hope and find the strength to carry on. She will be deeply missed by all who have known her.