Susan Laite, 1954-2015

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Memorial services for Susan Marie Laite, 60, of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Susan Laite

Susan Laite

Susan died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester after a courageous battle with cancer.

Susan Marie Laite was born June 30, 1954, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Warren and Ada (Ingamells) Manuel. Susan graduated from Albert Lea High School. After graduation she worked for the day care in the bowling alley and at Trails Truck Stop. On March 22, 1972, Susan was united in marriage to Russell Laite in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Susan worked in the kitchen at Halverson Elementary School for 23 years; she retired in January of this year. Her favorite part of working at Halverson Elementary was seeing the smiles on the children’s faces every day. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Susan enjoyed fishing, camping, crocheting and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

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Survivors include her husband, Russell; children Josh (Amy) Laite and Julie (Dave) Stevens; stepsons Ken (Stacie) Laite and Russell (Gina) Laite Jr.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings Steven (Carol) Manuel, David (Cynthia) Manuel and Debbie Peterson; special friend, Robin Weber; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents.