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Obituary for Susan Ruth Kuckhahn (Stark)

Susan Ruth Kuckhahn, of Manistee Michigan, formerly of Bark River Michigan, was called to heaven on November 13, 2023, at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital

She was born on February 26, 1936 in Watertown, WI, the daughter of Gilbert Emil Stark and Ruth Isabel (Strahota) Stark. She was a 1953 graduate of Watertown High School. She received her BS Occupational therapy from University of Wisconsin in 1957 and Certification in OT after a year of clinical training in 1958. She married Rev. Philip Kuckhahn on July 6, 1958, at Calvary Lutheran Student Chapel, Madison, WI. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, spending 36 years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the Bark River area until retiring in Manistee, Michigan. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing, knitting, the outdoors, swimming, and musical concerts.

Susan worked at the UP-State Fair in the needlework Dept. 1990-1996. She enjoyed her communities and churches and was a member of Ladies Aid at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hyde, MI from 1961-1997, the Mary Martha Circle and organist at St. Paul Lutheran, Manistee 1997-1998. Susan was instrumental in organizing a support group for Mental Illness in Delta County (DC AMI) and served as its president 1990-1997. She was a member of Mindstickers Club 1999-2011.

She is survived by her husband Rev. Philip Kuckhahn and her children, Kim (William) Barrett, David Kuckhahn, Mark (Diana) Kuckhahn, Kathy (Brad) Clark, Lisa (Dwight, Jr.) Cunningham; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mason) Lees, Brandon, Bethany, Hayden, and Harper; sisters-in-law Harriet “Dolly” Stark and Gertrude “Trudy” Kuckhahn, along and many nieces and nephews.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Duane Stark, and brother-in-law Karl Kuckhahn.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2023 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manistee at 11:00 AM with Pastor Dennis Himm officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the memorial service. A luncheon will follow. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

“My most fulfilling accomplishment is being married to my wonderful husband Phil and raising 5 beautiful children with the Lord at my side. God has blessed us abundantly with a marriage of over 65 years.”

The Kuckhahn Family wishes to express gratitude to their dear church family at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran church for their selfless love and the care workers at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital for their compassionate care.

Contributions in memory of Susan may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Please share a memory with the family at www.oakgrovefh. Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Manistee.