Obituary: Susan M. Washburn

Susan M Washburn, 66, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born April 9, 1950, in Russell to Herbert and Talia (Rein) Karst.

On Aug. 1, 1970, she married Pat Washburn in Newton, and he survives. Susan was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Newton. In her working years, she worked for Hesston Corp. and Santa Fe Railroad and retired as a buyer for Cessna Aircraft.

Susan’s greatest joy in life was that of loving wife, aunt and friend. She made time to develop deep, meaningful relationships with her husband, 11 nieces and nephews, and her special friends, especially her girlfriends. She looked forward to phone calls from family and friends and was selfless with her time caring for those dear to her. Even being competitive, Susan enjoyed relaxing playing cards.

She is survived by her mother, Talia Karst of Newton; husband, Pat of the home; brothers, Mike and his wife Mary Karst of Newton, and David and his wife Patti Karst of Smyrna, Ga.; 11 nieces and nephews; and Pat’s brothers and spouses, Tom and Jane Washburn of Newton and Matt and Lauri Washburn of Wichita.

A private family funeral and interment was held.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s name are suggested to Harvey County Big Brothers and Big Sisters in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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