Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Susan L. Lidholm
Service: October 30, 2014
Susan L. Lidholm
Susan L. Lidholm, beloved daughter of this earth, passed from the scene on Friday, the 24th of October 2014.
She entered life on the 12th of September 1944, born to Edward and Myrtle Meyer of German and Scottish heritage. A first marriage to Joseph Hedrick produced three sons, Daniel, Michael and Scott. Her second marriage to Lyle Lidholm produced no children but gave her 36 years of a new window on life.
The 36 years were like the surface of the ocean, sometimes calm, sometimes stormy, but always changing. Susan had a passion for life, she was curious, intelligent, compassionate, lively, humorous and friendly. An infectious smile, cheerful optimism and ebullient personality were Susan's hallmarks. She loved people, travel, books, her home, her cats, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many close relatives and friends. She enjoyed good wine and good food. She liked three of Wisconsin's seasons, but her favorite "climate" in winter was Daytona Beach, Fla.
She loved France, especially Monet's Garden at Giverny. When she traveled to France she enjoyed staying at her American friend Martine's house in Ancy Le Libre.
She tackled politics with gusto and was a two-term Jefferson County Board supervisor having ousted one of the entrenched incumbents by six votes. Along with some of her female colleagues on the board, she enlivened the usually somewhat cut-and-dried sessions. She ran two campaigns against Scott Fitzgerald but unfortunately couldn't break the "good ole boy" grip on the 13th State Senate District. She abhorred political hypocrisy and political "incumbency for life." She was a champion of women's causes, especially Planned Parenthood. She supported Special Olympics, Southern Poverty Law Center, several environmental and wildlife movements and the Democratic Party. She was a charter member of the now defunct Watertown Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Along with the other women members, they inaugurated the annual pig roast as a fundraising project.
She was an officer of the Jefferson County Land Trust which was dedicated for the preservation of productive farm and woodland from indiscriminate development. She held a life membership in the Watertown Historical Society, memberships in the Jefferson Dodge Genealogical Society, Watertown Arts Council and the Friends of the Watertown Public Library. She went back to school in her 40s and achieved a degree in accounting. Working as a regional credit manager for APV Crepaco out of Lake Mills, she traveled frequently to the East and West coasts and the Twin Cities. She also enjoyed long trips to new places and scenes with her husband, Lyle. In her later years, she embraced humanism's philosophy believing in its unbiased love and respect for all humanity and the planet.
Susan is survived by her husband, her children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many dear relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward Jr. and a sister Mary.
Her remains have been cremated and her ashes will be scattered at some of her favorite places. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. Memorials to her name are requested to be sent to Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek or to a cancer fund of your choice.
Susan will be greatly missed. There is a hole in the universe.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 611 E. Main St. Watertown

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