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Mabel Suter

Feb. 5, 1916-Jan. 26, 2008

Mabel H. Suter, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 26, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes.

Mabel was born to Carl and Bertha "Betsy" (Simonson) Hyland on Feb. 5, 1916 in McIntosh, Minn., where she grew up and received her education from the McIntosh school system. Mabel was baptized and then confirmed on July 29, 1930 at Our Saviour's Church in McIntosh. She married Clarence Suter on Sept. 20, 1939 in Westbury. They then made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Mabel was a homemaker to her family because of Clarence's extended periods away from home as a highway construction superintendent.

Mabel's greatest joy in life was time spent with her family and their many activities. She always had a smile, a loving heart and enjoyed a shared laugh with family members. Mabel especially enjoyed spending time with her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews, many of whom primarily reside on the West Coast. Equally important to her was the time she shared with her grandchildren, be it watching their sporting events or going on shopping trips with them. She had a genuine interest in everyone she met, especially her many friends in the Detroit Lakes area and the family of special neighbors and friends at the Silver Birch.

Besides her family interests, Mabel also enjoyed traveling. During the past 30 years she made many trips to the West Coast and Colorado areas for extended stays to visit with relatives and friends. She especially liked traveling at the unhurried pace of riding by train. Another special memory was a trip to Norway that she made with her sisters and brother to trace their family heritage. Additionally, in her senior years, simple pleasures of life such as playing bingo, taking a walk with friends, or going for a pontoon ride or a ride around the lakes area on a warm sunny day provided great enjoyment to her.

Mabel's strong Christian faith and life long membership in First Lutheran Church sustained her later in life, when she was confronted with and overcame several serious health challenges, including cancer.

Surviving Mabel are her three daughters, Marilyn Suter of Farmington, Minn., Pat Baumhardt of Detroit Lakes and Joyce Suter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, Michael (Mary) Suter of St. Michael, Minn., and Steven Suter (Joni Johnson) of Detroit Lakes; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mabel in death were her parents; husband Clarence; and all of her Hyland siblings, of whom she was the sole survivor.

Visitation will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to Thursday's services at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, was entrusted with arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at