Denise (Dee) R. Sutter of Hudson, WI, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 52 after a long, slow journey with metastatic gynecologic cancer. She died at her home with family at her side.
Denise Renae was born on Nov. 17, 1963 in Sioux Falls, SD to Herb and Dorothy Wolterstorff. She grew up on a farm in rural Flandreau, graduated with the Class of 1982 and then moved to Minnesota. She attended college in the Twin Cities, obtaining both a BA and a MBA while working full time. She was a long time employee of Gerdau Long Steel North America (formerly North Star Steel). Her work ethic and sense of humor will be missed by coworkers and friends there. Dee’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her immediate and extended family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Her passing will leave a hole that can only be filled by happy memories. Dee’s motto was “The greatest joy in life is to see those you love happy,” and she spent her life working to make that happen. Dee enjoyed music of all kinds, reading suspense novels, watching sappy movies, interior decorating and junk shopping. She also treasured time spent at the lake fishing with friends, having a glass of wine, or just sitting by the fire.
Survivors include her children: Leah Sutter, Hudson, WI, Kari (Elix) Sutter of Des Moines, IA, Pete (Amanda) Sutter of Minnetonka, MN and April (Michael) King of Fort Dodge, IA; five grandchildren: Kierra Parker, Michael and Mila King, and Olivia and Charlie Sutter; parents: Herb and Dorothy Wolterstorff of Flandreau; one brother: Steve (Lynn) Wolterstorff of Strandburg, SD; two sisters: Deb Grohs (Brian) of Sioux Falls, SD and Linda (Tom) Biever of Forest Lake, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by Jim, her husband and soul mate; her brother-in-law Dale Grohs, her great nephew Tayden Grohs, parents-in-law, and grandparents.
Her funeral service was May 27th at Bethel Lutheran Highlands Campus, Hudson. Burial in the Hillside Cemetery in Egan, SD. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a children’s cancer research organization. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.