Susan Karen Schwartzlow, 75, passed away on Aug. 16, 2022, while at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born at her parent’s country home on Sept. 20, 1946, the daughter of Melvin and Margaret (Wecker) Thostenson.

She married Gerald Schwartzlow on June 19, 1965.  He preceded her in death on June 24, 2001.

She always considered her family best friends and her friends family.

She enjoyed visiting, playing cards, and making her specialty, potato salad and deviled eggs for her family and friends.

She and Gerald were dairy farmers in Albany before moving to Brodhead and farming there from 1966 to 1994.

After farming, she had several jobs but found enjoyment working in the deli/bakery at the Piggly Wiggly/Sentry in Janesville, from which she retired in 2017.

During her retirement years she enjoyed traveling more, especially trips she took to Mexico and winters in Florida with her siblings.

She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities.

She is survived by her four children, Robert (Susan) Schwartzlow; Dianne (Joe) Sandlin; Kathy (Alan) Schwartzlow Jensen; and DeWayne (Stephanie) Schwartzlow; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer (Kyle) Miller, Derek (Siara) Schwartzlow, Samantha (Shawn) Andersen, Bradly Schwartzlow, Jessica and Jerod Sandlin, Daymon (Lexi) Unseth, Ashley Jensen, Savanna, Dakota, Emily and EverleighSchwartzlow; 16 great grandchildren; five siblings, Irene Piper, Marie (Kenny) Edmonds, Ronnie (Beverly) Thostenson, Bonnie (Larry) Spurgin and Roy (Rhonda) Thostenson; and also survived by additional extended family; a brother-in-law and four sisters-in-law, Viola and Mary Thostenson, Shirley Schwartzlow, John Virgil (Sharon) Schwartzlow and Janet (Randy) Cook Burkhalter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald in 2001, four siblings, Melton Thostenson, George Thostenson, Donny (Bonnie) Thostenson, and Bernard Thostenson;two brothers-in-law, Joseph Schwartzlow and Al Piper, and a special friend, Joel Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family in her memory.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 401 E. State St. in Albany today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m.

A visitation will also take place at the church today from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Visitation was also held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead.  Burial will conclude at the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Albany.