Sue Reifenrath, age 48 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska with Rev. Owen Korte and Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Sunday, at church, from 2-6:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, at church, one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Vlach, Alex Vlach, Adam Vlach, Nate Vlach, Joe Vlach, Connor Vlach, and Michael Scott.
Susan Kay Reifenrath was born on October 17, 1968 to Dr. Charles J. and Joanne (Bonnemeier) Vlach in Yankton, SD. Sue grew up in Hartington and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 1986. She was a member of the Class B State Championship Basketball Team in 1986. Sue was 1st Team All- State in Basketball in 1986, and was a member of the State Basketball All-Tournament Team. She went to college at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she played basketball and volleyball. Sue graduated from Briar Cliff with a BSN-Nursing. She married Bruce Reifenrath in Hartington on August 3, 1990. From 1990-1993 Sue worked on the cardiac surgery floor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. In 1993 Sue and Bruce moved to Prairie Village, Kansas where she worked in the recovery room at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City from 1993-2002. Sue and Bruce started their family in 1997 with the birth of Jay, then Anna in 2000, Sara in 2002, and the twins Grace and Sophia in 2004. Sue and Bruce moved to Hartington in June of 2006. In the summer of 2008, she was instrumental in resurrecting the Hartington Dolphins Swim Team and has coached the Swim Team every summer thru 2016. The team has grown to over 80 members strong. Sue was a member of the Hartington Park Board since, was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and volunteered and taught art at Holy Trinity Elementary School. She served on the H.T. school board. Sue was also involved with the Hartington Little League Basketball program. Sue was an avid bowler and was the President of the Wednesday night bowling league. Sue loved to run, swim, & bowl and was competitive in most everything she did.
Sue is survived by her husband Bruce of Hartington; five children, Jay, Anna, Sara, Grace & Sophie at home; mother Joanne Vlach of Hartington; five siblings and spouses, Dr. Steve Vlach of Mancos, CO, Kate and Dave Scott of Hartington, Dr. Dave and wife Dr. Vicky Vlach of Hartington, Jerry and Hope Vlach of Johnston, IA, Tom and Colleen Vlach of Topeka, KS; 13 nieces and nephews.
Sue was preceded in death by her father Dr. Charles J. Vlach on August 4, 2002 at the age of 66 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Holy Trinity and Cedar Catholic Teachers Fund.
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I worked with Sue in the KU Med. Center Recovery Room. I lost touch with her when I moved to Omaha, NE. I was heartbroken to read the recent Omaha World Herald article about her struggle with breast cancer. Sue was one of the best nurses I have ever know. She was so humble in spite of all her accomplishments. I seems like yesterday that I dared her to do a cart wheel in the recovery room (no patients at the time of course) Sure enough Sue turned a nearly perfect cartwheel right there in front of me. I never dared her again.
I was so sorry to hear of Sue's passing. I have such fond memories of babysitting for Sue (and for all the Vlach "kids"). My parents absolutely loved Sue! Please know that all of you are in my prayers.
Some of the family may remember me as WESS, I roomed with Sue at Briar Cliff for three years. Vlackhead and I had so much fun playing vball together and rooming together. My deepest sympathy to all the families. What a great person! Sue was so caring and thoughtful all the time, she will truly be missed. God Bless you all.
Kathy ( Wessling) Bork
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Sue. May you experience Jesus's peace throughout this difficult time.
Jackie Mines Willis
My sincere sympathy to all of your families. What a caring and gentle soul. Sending love and prayers.
Deanna (Becker) Uhl
Our deepest condolences to the Vlach/Reifenrath family during this difficult time.
Cobblestone Inn & Suites Hartington
Bruce & Tom, my sympathies during this difficult time. Sue was a great nurse and friend while here at KU! I played ball against Tom (and lost) my junior year at Mount Michael. Sue proudly spoke of her brother when we'd discuss our Nebraska roots! Bruce, may you find peace in your faith! God bless you all!
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