Susan Marie (Tribbensee) McConnell, age 74, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly from surgery complications on Friday, July 6, 2018.

Susan was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Waseca, to Edwin and Delores (Miller) Tribbensee.

After spending her first 10 years in Zumbrota, she moved to Rochester. Susan graduated from John Marshall High School in 1961.

She married Mike McConnell in Forest Lake on March 18, 1967, and they recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. From this union, four children were raised.

Susan was a sports mom, especially a hockey mom, to her three sons. Because her boys had a knack for injuries, she was often the designated nurse tending to many cuts, sprains, and broken bones. She also enjoyed cheering on her grandchildren, as they participated in soccer, softball, hockey and other sports. She was a lover of dogs and had a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Kirby, who Susan showed in competition for many years. Susan and Kirby won many ribbons together, and she was also involved with Search and Rescue with Kirby.

She enjoyed bowling in her earlier years and loved playing dominoes with her friends in Rochester. Because of Susan’s love for the Florida lifestyle, Mike and Susan acquired a condo in Punta Gorda. They became winter snowbirds and Susan made many close friends in the Florida community, while she played dominoes, bocce ball and bingo. Susan truly loved the fellowship. She loved to travel and visited Ireland, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and had many more travel adventures. Susan always looked forward to the yearly family reunions.

She loved being a grandmother and had nine grandchildren. Susan made Christmas extra special with the line of stockings above the fireplace.

Susan is survived by her husband, Mike, and four children: daughter, Terri of Rochester; sons, Jon (Michele) of Rosemont, Tim (Karen) of West St. Paul and Dan of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, Eric (Kristy), Cullen, Macey, Shay, Morgan, and Brooke; and three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Paige and Emma.

Susan will be sorely missed by her sisters-in-law, Jeanne, Linda and Dorothy; and brothers-in-law, Pat and Willy.

The funeral service for Susan will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are invited to come to the chapel for visitation starting at 5 p.m. prior to the service.

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