Susie Wallin, 1925-2020

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Funeral services for Susie (VandeKamp) Wallin, 95, of Glenville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. Josh Blair will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Susie Wallin

Susie died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake. She had lived on the first floor at The Meadows since August 2018.

Susie (VandeKamp) Wallin was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Henry and Nellie (Post) VandeKamp in Inwood, Iowa, at their home. She attended elementary school in Hollandale. Susie graduated from Albert Lea High School. Her belief in Jesus Christ was instilled in her by her parents and her upbringing in the Hollandale Reformed Church.

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On June 20, 1946, Susie was united in marriage to Merlin Rea Wallin at the Hollandale Reformed Church in Hollandale. Together they lived, farmed and raised their two daughters, Marilyn and Shirley, on the family farm southwest of Glenville. Susie was an active member of First Lutheran Church. She was involved in Sunday School, VBS, Ladies Aid, Circle and the church library. She was a 4-H leader, taught release time, read with students at the Glenville school and helped adults, who had English as their second language, to read.

Besides her faith, nothing was as important to Susie as her family. This could be a shopping trip, a Wallin family pizza party or a VandeKamp family trip to the lake. Merlin and Susie enjoyed traveling together, and it was their goal to visit all 50 states. They wintered together in Tucson, Arizona, for over 20 years. 

Susie is survived by her two daughters, Marilyn (Michael) Hirschey of Monticello and Shirley (Robert) Newman of Alden; grandchildren Lori (Brian) Hill of Elkton, Lisa (Joe) Carda of Janesville, Craig Hirschey of Golden Valley, Jon (Joanna) Hirschey of Big Lake, and Alison Newman of Byron; great-grandchildren, Cody and Wyatt Krull, Austin and Avery Carda, and Belle Hirschey; sisters Tracy Vandegrift of Albert Lea, Eva Karsjens of Albert Lea, Vivie (Jim) Loverink of Hollandale; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ardie VanderZyl of Altoona, Iowa, Irma Wallin of Northwood, Violet (Eddie) Hanssen, and Arlo (Julie) Wallin of Glenville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin, in January 2003; her parents, Henry and Nellie VandeKamp; her father and mother-in-law, Rea and Mary Wallin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Walt (Marie) VandeKamp, Ada (Hip) Mennega, Lory (Neal) Harmsen, Nell (Chuck) Pauzenga, Doug Vandegrift, Wally Karsjens, Jim (Char) VandeKamp, Sarah (John) Ekema, Gary VandeKamp, Verl (Vera) Wallin, Lyle (Arlene) Wallin and Dale Wallin; and several nieces and nephews.

Susie’s family would like to thank the staff on the memory care floor at St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake and also the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice team for the care they provided.