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March 30, 2023

12/16/2022 5:29:00 AM
Sue R. Verage

Selfless / adjective /: concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than one's own

This is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Sue Verage. Sue passed away peacefully, with her daughters at her side, on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center.

Born on May 22, 1936 to Jack and Lois Johnson, she graduated from Rhinelander High School and, then, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She nurtured, loved and educated students in Rhinelander elementary schools, including McCord, Pine Lake, Pelican, West, South Park and Central for 40 years. (As a teacher myself, that is insane!)

Sue married Richard Verage of Rhinelander on Jan. 7, 1961. She raised four children: Lynn and Amy Verage of Rhinelander, Lori Knauf of Independence, Minn. and the late Scott Verage (Trina) of Tomahawk. Motherhood and family were Sue's priority all through life. She and Dick attended every extra-curricular event their children had. They went to Lynn's summer softball games and followed the team down to Knight Gallery. They went to every one of Lori's basketball games, watching her sit the bench as 10th (wo)man. And mom was the "Top Model" for all of Amy's clothing designs, wearing the outfits to church and school with pride! Looking back, we realize she was a true warrior (wear-ior).

Sue supported her beloved son, Scott, in all his high school sports and activities. She often fed whole teams on game day but little did we know she would feel the need to feed Scott into his forties! The whole hunting crew loves her banana bread.

Sue cherished her time with her extended family and always ensured everyone gathered together whenever possible. Year after year she had the best snaps/sparklers/buffet at the Fourth of July, best decorated tree and frosted sugar cookies at Christmas, hardest egg hunt at Easter, and so on and so on. She decorated for everything from St. Patrick's Day to Columbus Day and gave presents, treats, tokens to her grands.

Sue was the infamous birthday party hostess, baking phenomenal cakes of choice. Many people were recipients of Sue's card giving. Hallmark will miss her greatly.

Sue also loved to bake, read, garden and watch the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.

But Sue's true pride and joy for the past 30 years has been her grandchildren and great-grandsons. Sue's top priority was to have special relationships with each of her grandchildren. They visited her for weeks in the summer, went to the circus every year, frequented the library, Fun Factory and DQ. Her grands included Bethany Knauf Walker (Brett), Hunter (Taylor) Verhulst, Marni Knauf (Seth), Hannah Verhulst and Derek Thorn. Her very special loves are James Walker (taught her how to use iPad), Theodore Walker (shared many an ice cream cone) and Archie Walker (snuggles galore). She is also survived by her three daughters; daughter-in-law, Trina Verage; sister-in-law Brenda Johnson (DeKalb, Ill), Johnson nieces and nephews Kathy, Molly, Greg, Steve, Randy and Finn nieces and nephews Kevin, Dan, Laura, Patrice and Shawn along with their families. These people were so important to her. She also adored her Verage nieces and nephews, Cheryl, Kathleen, Marianne, Lisa, Andy, Susie, David and Carolyn.

Sue will also be missed by extended family and many friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Scott; brother Bruce Johnson (DeKalb, Ill); brother, Robert Johnson (Tomahawk), and special cousin Patrick Finn and wife Marilyn (Janesville).

In the eyes of our family, heaven definitely gained an angel on Dec. 11. Johnny Gaber, dear friend of our beloved Scott put it best: Dick and Scott better shape up, the Boss is HOME!!

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at the Carlson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held a 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 at the Carlson Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in the Forest Home Cemetery. A complete notice will follow here and in the River News. You may leave your private condolences for the Verage family at

A memorial is being established in Sue's name and any gifts may be directed to her family.

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Verage family.

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