Obituary for Carol "Sue" Dongoske (Whitesell)
Dongoske, Carol Sue "Susu," 83, of Orono, passed away surrounded by family on Sept. 8. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Roy and Gwendolyn; sister, Connie (Don); brother, James; and son, David. She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Scott (Lisa) and Mark (Jan); grandchildren, Bob (Samantha), Caty (Alex), Nick, Erin, Dayna and Lydia; and great grand children, Mia, Greta and Neveah; as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who she cared for deeply. We will remember Susu for her fierce devotion to family, her beautiful blue eyes, infectious smile, charming wit, extraordinary writing skills, boundless generosity, love of the lake and delicious cheese pie recipe. A visitation will be held at Huber Funeral Home in Mound from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. The memorial service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., with a visitation at noon, at St. John's Church in Mound. Dessert reception will follow the service. Memorials preferred to School District 277 or the ALS Association. Huber Funeral Home, 952-472-1716
Life Story for Carol "Sue" Dongoske (Whitesell)
Born Carol Sue Whitesell on April 28, 1934, in Terre Haute, Indiana, she later moved with her family to the Minneapolis area. Sue attended Washburn High School, Carleton College and the University of Minnesota. She met Robert (Bob) Dongoske on Lake Minnetonka and they fell in love. They were married on September 15, 1956, and shared over 60 irreplaceable years together. Sue and Bob lived on Casco Point in Navarre until 1963, when they built their dream house on Forest Lake. Soon they were blessed with three wonderful sons, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren – thanks to her grandchildren, she was given the nickname “Susu” and it stuck.
Sue started her career as an X-ray technician and then worked at The Laker newspaper in Mound. After that, she made her mark at Coldwell Banker Burnet, starting as a Realtor and eventually adding the title of Advertising Director for the Distinctive Homes Division. She garnered a reputation as a highly ethical agent who cared deeply for the well-being of her clients. Sue was an extremely gifted writer and excelled as the Advertising Director until retirement.
Susu was fiercely devoted to her family and friends, living with the mantra of family first. She grew up in a musical family and shared her love of music through the creation of clever songs. She was known for her signature pink lipstick, twinkly blue eyes, infectious smile, charming wit and boundless generosity. Susu loved life at the lake and shared that love with all, inviting anyone and everyone to enjoy summer BBQs, fall boat rides and winter skating sessions on Forest Lake. Sue relished holidays and hosted gatherings whenever she could; family, friends, and friends of friends were welcome. The more the merrier was Sue’s motto. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and July 4th were particular favorites, but any day she could host family and friends would bring her joy. Susu was welcoming, helpful, comforting, kind and selfless. When with Sue, it was as if you were in a sanctuary – with Susu you were safe. To say she was one of a kind is a grave understatement, she will be missed more than words can describe.