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Susan Unger - 72

2/16/1943 - 1/9/2016

Rock Falls, IL

Susan M. Unger age 72 of Rock Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Community General Hospital, Sterling, IL. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Prince of Peace Parish. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the church. Inurnment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Susan Maxine Unger was born on February 16, 1943 in Clinton, the daughter of Thomas and Cora (Powers) Lawlor. She attended St. Mary’s High School. On July 10, 1965 Susan married Richard “Jack” Wharff in Clinton. Jack died December 25, 1969. She then married Roland Unger on August 24, 1974 in Illinois. Roland died October 26, 2009. Susan worked as a case manager at Kreider’s Services for over 30 years. She was a mother to all. Susan enjoyed fishing, music, dancing and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, even coaching one of their baseball teams.

Susan is survived by six children; Marianne (Chris) Geiger of Cincinnati, OH, Christine (Dave Conerd) Wharff of Evansdale, IA, Shawn (Rena) Wharff of Fulton, IL, Craig Wharff of Bloomington, IL, Rachael Kolb of Rockford, IL and Kelly Wharff of Rock Falls, IL, three stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 10 sisters and brothers; Joan (Russell) Luckritz of Clinton, Diane Osburn of Florence, OR, Janeen (Bob) Naeve of Andover, Lucia (Ralph) Andresen of Clinton, Mary (Shane) Villers of Stayton, OR, Joseph (Candy) Lawlor of Ames, IA, Catherine Atherton of Lodi, CA, Bernadette (Roger) Voss of Davenport, Mona Weidman of Clinton and John (Jackie) Lawlor of Queen Creek, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a sister Mickey and a brother Dan.

Gathering of Friends

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the church.


A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Prince of Peace Parish.


  • Lisa Dail

    on 01/14/16

    I met Susie in Iowa City at the Hope Lodge last year while staying there with my father. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She talked about her children and grandchildren alot. She loved them all so much. She loved talking about spending time with all her sisters. I was glad to have met her. My prayers are with the family.
  • Dr. Glenda L Bruins, Ph D

    on 01/16/16

    Sue and I go back a few decades, when she worked for Kreider Services and I, for LSSI. We continued our relationship, of helping others in need, even after I accepted a government position. I continued to be one of her 'go-to' persons for everything from sports equipment, to matching funds; and joining in the 'fun days' for the clients! She will surely be missed by all who met her: that brilliant , engaging smile, and her up front opinions, even that occasional eye-roll. She enjoyed 'all' her families and sharing their experiences. She was a pleasure to know and work with. Thoughts and Prayers to her families during this most stressful time, May they find peace in knowing she is with her Lord and no longer suffers in pain.
  • Chief Michael L. Kuk, PhD.

    on 01/20/16

    Family & Friends of Susie, I send my Solemn Greetings from the Deep South of Louisiana upon learning of Susie's passing. She was always a delight to see and visit with. She was truly classy and a beautiful lady. We all have a lot of treasured memories of her for sure. Godspeed!
  • Laura Thompson

    on 01/20/16

    My sincere condolences. Susan was a great woman, I was so fortunate that our paths crossed, She taught me a lot and I truly enjoyed my time with her. She was so proud of her family. I am praying that God's great mercy will comfort you.

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