Video of Funeral Mass for Suzi Kleckner

Mrs. Suzanne “Suzi” Kleckner, age 66, of Port Washington, Wisconsin passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side, on Saturday, September 4, 2021.  Suzi battled courageously for nearly two years against cancer.  

Suzanne Mary (Lanser) Kleckner was born on February 1, 1955, in Port Washington, WI to Gregory and Anna (Becker) Lanser and grew up on Woodruff Street in the shadow of St. Mary’s Church.  Suzi attended St. Mary’s School and Port Washington High School, where she graduated in the Class of 1973.  

On February 5, 1977, Suzi married David J. Kleckner of Port Washington at St. Mary’s Church.

For over 30 years, Suzi held multiple roles at the former Smith Bros. Restaurant in Port Washington until it closed.  She then went on to work at Dockside Deli until her retirement in 2019.  Suzi loved connecting with the community through her work in the restaurant business.

Suzi and Dave have been members of St. Peter of Alcantara Church (now St. John XXIII) of Port Washington for many years and raised their family down the street from that very location.  

Above all, Suzi was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Her love and dedication to her family was selfless and unconditional.  She always put her family and their needs above her own.  Suzi had a contagious smile and was happiest in the kitchen where she could be preparing food for her family and friends.  She also enjoyed doing various crafts, especially counted cross-stitch afghans.  

Suzi is survived by her loving husband, David; children Julie (Benjamin) Gerds of Oconomowoc, WI and Kurt (Jennifer) Kleckner of Northbook, IL; grandchildren Tyler and Calvin Gerds and Sophie, Norah and Ethan Kleckner; siblings Daniel (Cheryl) Lanser, Christine (Keith) Rismeyer, Joel (Peggy) Lanser, Gerard Lanser (Elkim Beck), all of Port Washington, Margaret Jacobson of Three Lakes, WI, Therese (Dan) Dallgas of Saukville and James Lanser of Minneapolis, MN.  Suzi is further survived by her mother-in-law Aileen Wiltgen of Port Washington, brother-in-law Donald (Kathy) Kleckner of Watertown, WI, sister-in-law Caroline (Neal) Buser of Saukville, nine nieces and five nephews, other relatives and many friends.  

Suzi is preceded in death by her father, Greg Lanser in 1996, her mother, Anna Lanser in 2020, infant sister RoseAnn, father-in-law Arnold Kleckner and brother-in-law Tom “Jake” Jacobson.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at St. John XXIII Parish – St. Mary’s Church, 551 Johnson Street in Port Washington, WI.  Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant.  Visitation will take place from 11am until 12:45pm at the church prior to Mass on Saturday.  Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington, WI.  

Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.

Ozaukee County Public Health Department recommends all guests wear masks to the services.  



  1. Dear Dave,
    I am so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was a great friend and a really good person. Hope you and your family get through this difficult time. Prayers are with you and family.

  2. I’m very sorry to hear about Suzi’s passing. I worked with her at Smith Bros. and would see her often around town and when I went to Dockside Deli. She was a kind lady. She will be missed.

  3. Deepest condolences on the loss of a beautiful lady. We met Suzie & Dave in Jamaica in 2017 and we enjoyed our time we spent with them. Suzie and I kept in touch through facebook and I have kept Suzie in my prayers everyday since she was diagnosed with cancer. We felt saddened to hear of her passing as I knew she was going through a lot of treatment. Praying for Dave & family during this most difficult time. God bless from Elaine & Peder from Chester, Nova Scotia

  4. Thinking of you through this difficult time.

  5. So many wonderful memories of growing up with Suzie and the Lanser family. My thoughts are with all of you at this hard time. Suzie is at peace and resting in God’s arms with Aunt Anna, Uncle Greg and all our departed family.

  6. Our sincere condolences and prayers to Dave and the Kleckner and Lanser families. Too young to leave us.

  7. Our sympathies to you and your family. All the way from high school…Sue was very sweet to all.

  8. So very, very sorry for your loss. Suzi was a great lady, with a sweet soul. She will be sorely missed. My love, and condolences to all her family, Lansers and Kleckners alike. God bless you all.

  9. We are so sad to hear about Susie. Our deepest sympathy to the Lanser and Kleckner families.

  10. Dear Jim and your entire family,
    We are so sorry Suzi had to go through so much. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Bill and Kay

  11. Dave — i am so sorry for your loss, and my sympathies to all your family

  12. Our deepest sympathy to all of you ! Sue put up such a good fight ! Thought of her often through her battle.

  13. Sorry for your loss.

  14. My deepest sympathy to the entire Kleckner and Lanser families on the passing of Suzanne, a beautiful lady with a wonderful, friendly smile.

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