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Susan Armbrecht

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Susan Lynn Armbrecht age 65 of Cedar Falls, formerly of Fredericksburg, IA, died Friday, April 16, 2021, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Waterloo, with Rev. Tony Kruse celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg at 11:30 a.m. To watch the funeral live, please join the family at https://blessedsacramentwaterloo.org/blesac-live Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Center in Waterloo. Arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Susan Lynn Armbrecht was born May 13, 1955, in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Becker) Reisner. Her family settled in Waukon when she was 7, and she attended Waukon schools, where she was active in volleyball, softball and basketball. She was an excellent student and a member of the graduating class of 1973 at Waukon High School. She attended Northeast Iowa Community College, where she met a young student named Steven Armbrecht, and if it wasn’t love at first sight, it was awfully close. The couple was married on July 5, 1975, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. When she was in high school, her parents asked Sue what she wanted to do in life and what she was good at, and her answer was twofold: “I love working with people, and I’m good at math,” which made banking a natural career choice. And she was an outstanding banker for decades, not only rising to the top of her profession — she was the market president for MidWestOne Bank in the Cedar Valley at the time of her death — but also mentoring and leading scores of future bank leaders wherever she worked. Sue, though, was much more than a banker in the communities she served. She passionately believed in the power of “we” and gave generously to organizations and communities wherever her banking career took her. She was, in a word, involved. Sue served as the board chair of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber (now Grow Cedar Valley) and served on numerous boards and committees for the organization. She was a past YWCA Board member, served on the Cedar Valley United Way Board of Directors and Finance Committee, was a member of the Cedar Falls Civil Service Commission and active with many other community organizations, including the Waterloo Rotary Club. Sue was, in a word, selfless. When she received the Greater Cedar Valley and Chamber’s Fulfilling the Vision of One Award in 2018, Sue talked about the importance of giving back and the fact that one donates their time and talents to organizations not to be put into the limelight or because it was “good for business” but because it was the right thing to do. “If you don’t give back, your communities can die. It should be about the community as a whole. … [It’s why] I expect my staff to be involved in their communities.” As a banker, she joked she was always “training my replacement,” but in all seriousness, she passionately believed in empowering those who worked for her. Sue and Steve enjoyed a wonderful marriage for more than 45 years, and at times, it was adventurous and competitive. They loved to travel, and two of her favorite trips were the ones they took to Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1988, a year before the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and to Seattle, Washington. They loved their annual family fishing trip to Osakis, Minnesota, where Sue always tried to “out fish” her husband. Long into adulthood, Sue played softball and volleyball, and she continued to enjoy golfing and fishing throughout her life. She also loved to play euchre with her husband and friends. Although the couple never had children, Sue was a great aunt in the figurative sense to ten nieces and nephews and may have even spoiled them a time or two. Her loss has come as a shock to her husband, her family, her friends and the communities she served so well for so long. Sue had so much more to do. Retirement was on the horizon, and that meant Steven and her could do the traveling they wanted, but God must have needed a banker who knew how to help people and called her home. Her legacy is a career filled with honesty, integrity and service — both to her bank customers and the people of the Cedar Valley and beyond — and she was, as one Grow Cedar Valley official put it, “an unstoppable force for the things” that were important to her, and our little corner of the world will not be the same without Sue Armbrecht. Survivors include her husband, Steve of Cedar Falls; one brother, Mike (Lisa) Reisner of Charlotte, NC; mother-in-law, Margery Armbrecht of Fredericksburg; sisters-in-law, Deanna Reisner of Forest Lake, MN, Carol (Spencer) Luvert of Cedar Falls, Mary (Jerry) Reno of Fredericksburg, Ann (Beth Boldt) Scroggins of St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law, Ray (Lorraine) Armbrecht of Fredericksburg; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Reisner and father-in-law, Richard Armbrecht.

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  1. So very sorry for your loss! I remember when we were neighbors! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  2. Sue was such a wonderful person to know. I worked at MWO Bank headquarters in Iow City and whenever Sue was at this location she would take the time to stop by my office to chat a few minutes and thank me for all my work to make her job easier. She was a real gem. Sue Hershberger Retired MWO Bank Accts Payable Specialist

  3. We are so blessed to have known Sue! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  4. Sue was the best of the best!! An awesome person with a heart of gold!! So many people will miss her!! Keep her memories close to you hearts!! Prayers and hugs!! ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  5. So very sorry to read this! I got to know Sue when she worked at the bank in New Hampton. She was such a sweet gal, and a delight to work with. Our prayers and sympathy to Steve and all of the family. Nancy and Leon Wegner

  6. My sympathy to all of Sue’s family. I knew Sue from when she worked in the ban k in New Hampton. She was a joy to be with. I visited her in Cedar Falls and she was a very wonderful officer to talk with. Rest in peace Sue.

  7. Sue was a leader among leaders. She was intelligent, passionate and kind. Sue cared, and all who knew Sue benefitted from that relationship.

  8. O My! So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. So unexpected. I had the opportunity to work with Sue on the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance/Grow Cedar Valley board of directors. Sue was a warm, compassionate person and I miss working with her in serving the Greater Cedar Valley. So sad.

  9. So sorry to read of Sue’s passing Steve. I lost track of you two after you served on the Hiawatha City Council. Sue was a great, caring person.

  10. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sue was a great leader, boss and friend to me during my years at MWO Bank. Prayers to you all!

  11. My heart is broken at the loss of this wonderful women I considered a friend and mentor. She loved to laugh and was always willing to help with a smile. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends for this tremendous loss. She will be missed beyond words.

  12. I always looked forward to your big smile and little laugh at all the family functions. You will be greatly missed ❤️❤️ Amy

  13. God Bless your sweet Sue❤️ I worked with Sue at Wells Fargo Bank in Sioux City . Her obituary says it all….she was one of a kind and had a beautiful smile for all! I’m so lucky to have had known her…my prayers for you Steve.

  14. Sue was a wonderful person, who I met about 7 years ago. Interested in the developments going in around the bank she managed, she offered me many opportunities to utilize the bank she managed. During that time frame, we became fast friends and we had many fun lunches together, as well as a business relationship. I thought about her just a couple of days ago when I drove by the bank and regret that I didn’t call that very day. I will think of her often and pray for Steve and their extended family who will feel a hole in their hearts from missing her.


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