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Suzanne Rinehart

Suzanne Rinehart




Suzanne Marie Rinehart, 55, died at her home in Caldwell on December 28, 2016, after fighting pancreatic cancer.
A memorial service and celebration of Suzanne’s life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 31, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 West Fairview Avenue, Boise, ID. The family will greet friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
Suzanne was born in Carroll, Iowa, on November 29, 1961, to John and Adeline Riedesel of Glidden.  She was the youngest of five children.  She grew up on a farm and attended Glidden-Ralston Schools, graduating high school in 1980. She then attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years before enrolling in the National Student Exchange Program and attending and graduating in 1984 from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in education and a minor in German.  While at Idaho, she met the love of her life, Mike Rinehart. They were married on August 18, 1984, in Mike’s hometown of McCall.  They have resided in the Boise area since then. They are the parents of Sean Rinehart, who is in his final year at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Soon after Suzanne graduated from college, she took what was to be a short-term job working at a McDonald’s store in Boise. She quickly rose through the ranks from a crew member, to store manager, to area supervisor, and then was promoted to director of human resources with Darmody Enterprises. The Darmody family operates the McDonald’s stores in the Treasure Valley. She was one of the small leadership team at Darmody and worked diligently toward the success of the business. She loved her work, and colleagues loved her.
In her pastime, Suzanne was a huge Green Bay Packers fan. She and her husband seldom missed a Packers game on television. They attended games at Lambeau Field six times, including a trip in November that was made possible by the Darmody family. Suzanne, her husband, her son, and her son's fiancée were all there together and it's a memory they will always treasure.
Suzanne and Mike also loved The Eagles, REO Speedwagon, and Journey, attending many concerts over the years.  One of Suzanne’s favorite memories in recent years was hosting an annual Riedesel family retreat in Sun Valley in the summers of 2014 and 2015.
Suzanne was diagnosed in June 2016 with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. She underwent intense chemotherapy at Mountain States Tumor Institute in Nampa and also consulted with an oncology team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Despite this, she continued working until early December. Her hope was that, eventually, a clinical trial might help her live. However, she was told at Mayo earlier this month that chemo had failed and no other treatment could help her. The family would like to thank St Luke's Hospice for their wonderful care in Suzanne's final weeks of life.

Suzanne is survived by her husband Mike of Caldwell; son Sean (fiancée Rachael Ashley) of Minneapolis; brothers Warren (Mary) Riedesel of Des Moines, Iowa, and Cal Riedesel of Sac City, Iowa; sister Barb Iverson of Minneapolis; sister- and brother-in-law Dawn and Dave Elam of Nampa; sister-in-law Patience Riedesel of Marshalltown, Iowa; dear cousin Jim Meisheid of Walker, Iowa, plus many other cousins; nine nieces and nephews; college friends; and Green Bay Packers fans/friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Miles Riedesel; brother-in-law Jim Iverson; and her in-laws George and Shirley Rinehart of Emmett and Bill and Thelma Stewart of Richland, Oregon.

Interment will take place at a later time at Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax-deductible memorials be directed to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the nation’s leading pancreatic cancer organization. Memorial gifts may be given electronically by going to www.pancan.org/donate .

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