Suzanne Whitaker Sievers, 69, was born in Bethany, Mo., on Nov. 12, 1949, to Clifford and Gladys Whitaker. She died on Oct. 16 in Jefferson.
A memorial service was held Oct. 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, with words of comfort by the Rev. Julie Poulsen.
Honorary bearers were grandchildren Reed VanNordstrand, Madelyn Sievers and Kinley Sievers.
Music included “You’ve Got a Friend” (Peg Raney, guitarist) and congregational hymns “Because He Lives” and “How Can I Keep from Singing” (Sheryl Sloan, accompanist).
Burial will take place at a later time in the Jefferson Cemetery.
Suzanne grew up on a farm in Mount Moriah, Mo., and graduated from Bethany High School. She attended Maryville State College, first as a math major, then as a home economics education major.
In 1971, she moved to Walnut, Iowa, for her first teaching job.
In Walnut, she met Don Sievers and they married in 1974. Suzanne completed a master’s degree at Iowa State University before moving to Jefferson, where she took a job as a home economics teacher at Jefferson High School.
During her 25-year tenure at the school, Suzanne founded the Ram Restaurant and pre-school program, which are still successful today.
Suzanne next focused her talents on opening her business, Suzanne Sievers’ Designs.
She created wearable art and tie-dye in her basement and eventually opened a storefront in Jefferson.
After many years of exhibiting at craft shows and art festivals, Suzanne combined her love of teaching and sewing and opened The Stitch, a quilt shop and sewing classroom, where she built a community of cherished friends and loved going to work each day.
Suzanne will be remembered for her kindness, encouragement, creativity and love for sewing, good food, cruises, wine and coffee. She was dedicated to the Jefferson community as a teacher, artist, business owner and friend, and was courageous and positive throughout her many surgeries and battles with cancer.
Suzanne is survived by her children: Shelby (Rod), of Council Bluffs; Chris (Calista), of Ankeny; and Ashley (Jaimeson Parkin), of Minneapolis; three grandchildren: Madelyn, Kinley and Reed; brother John (Joyce) Whitaker; sister Rita (Dale) Tidwell; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2017; parents Clifford and Gladys; and several aunts, uncles and siblings-in-law.
The Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home assisted the family.