Sue D. Burklund, a native of Paxton, died September 29, 2013 at her home in Twin Oaks, Missouri after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born at home in rural Paxton on September 16, 1941, the youngest of five children of Carl and Alice Burklund. Her parents, a sister, Millie and three brothers, Richard, William and Lemuel (Red) all preceded her in death. She was raised by her aunt Mildred Burklund Pacey and her uncle E. J. Pacey, both of whom also preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces and nephews, including Richard Jr., Kim and Robert; by cousins, including Gerald Burklund of Paxton; her extended Burklund and Pacey families; and by many long time friends in the St. Louis area.
Sue graduated from Paxton Community High School as valedictorian of her class in 1959 and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; graduating in 1963. While at the U. of I. she tutored members of the Fighting Illini football team among other activities.
She was a career Federal Civil Service employee, working as a computer programmer for the Department of Defense, initially at Rock Island, Illiois and then in St. Louis for over 30 years until retirement.
Sue enjoyed her cars and owned a number of interesting vehicles during her lifetime. She was a water skier, canoe enthusiast and hiker among her many interests. In recent years she enjoyed bowling and service for her church in a variety of capacities.
Burial will be at Glen Cemetery in Paxton, IL October 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., Reverend Chet Travis officiating. Baier Family Funeral Services is providing local arrangements. A memorial service at Sue's church, the Manchester United Methodist church, Manchester, Missouri is planned for a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the Manchester United Methodist Church, one of the St. Louis charities of which she was a long time supporter: Forest Park; Missouri Botanical Gardens; or the St. Louis Symphony, or a charity of the donor's choice.