Susan Elaine Hinkebein, 47, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
She was born Dec. 10, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Bernard and Dorothy Morie Kluesner. She and Ronald S. Hinkebein were married May 29, 1976.
Susan was a 1975 graduate of Jackson High School, and a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and Webster University in St. Louis.
She was a registered nurse 27 years at St. Francis Medical Center, where she was named Em-ployee of the Year in 1993. She was a member of Quarter Century Club, Friends of St. Francis, served on the Employee Caring Fund Committee, and actively participated in the Della Heise Vial of Life Program.
Susan was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, where she was a former parish council member. She received the Jackson Heritage Association Unsung Hero Award in 2002.
Being extremely involved in the local 4-H council, Susan has been the Fruitland 4-H Club leader the past seven years, past officer of the council, and was named Outstanding 4-H Leader of the Year 2002. She has been the nurse at 4-H camp many years, where she was affectionately known as Nurse Susan.
She was a member and past vice president of Jackson Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.
Loving survivors include her husband, Ron, and their daughter, Blair, of Jackson; her parents; two sisters, Denise McDowell and husband Tom of Jackson, Linda Haynes and husband Mike of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; a brother, David Kluesner of New York, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Friends may call Friday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Parish prayers will be at 7, immediately followed by Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary rosary.
The funeral Mass will be Saturday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, with Monsignor Edward Eftink officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Relay for Life, c/o Fruitland 4-H Club; Immaculate Conception School Building Fund; or St. Francis Employee Caring Fund, c/o St. Francis Medical Center Foundation.