Suzanne "Susie" Craft


November 24, 1941 ~ February 11, 2023

Born in: Waterloo, IA
Resided in: New Hampton, IA

Suzanne “Susie” F. Craft, age 81, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at her home with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, IA with Pastor Dong Shin officiating. Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral services on Thursday. Online condolences may be left at  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Suzanne Fay was born November 24, 1941, the daughter of Jesse and Viola (Rogers) Thompson in Waterloo, IA.  She attended and graduated from Cedar Falls High School.  After graduating, Susie worked as a bartender as she received her education as a CNA/CMA.  On December 26, 1961, Susie was united in marriage to Walter Craft in Waterloo, IA.  The couple welcomed their four children, Dawn, Mary Lynn, Randy and Stacey.  They eventually made their home in New Hampton as Walter accepted a position with New Hampton Police Department. While living in New Hampton, Susie received her EMT training and worked for Chickasaw County Ambulance prior to working for Hospice of Northeast Iowa in Charles City, IA After retiring from Hospice, Susie worked private care.  Later in life, she enjoyed working for Kwik Star in New Hampton.

Throughout the years, Susie was active in Tae Kwon Do with her daughter, Stacey and many of her grandchildren.  She proudly achieved her 4th degree black belt at the age of 74.  Susie also enjoyed making pies and competed at the Nashua Big 4 Fair with them, winning best lard crust pie.  Susie’s pride and joy were her grandchildren.  She was there to not only enjoy but cheer them on in all of their activities.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Dawn (Rick) Larson of New Hampton, IA, Mary Lynn Bond-Meyer (Calvin Meyer) of Nashua, IA, Randy (Debbie) Craft of Rolfe, IA, and Stacey (Jackie) Bendickson of Nashua, IA; her siblings, Linda Jones of Sumner, IA and Sandy (Dave) Jaschen of New Hampton; her grandchildren, Nick (Erica) Schmitt, Justin (Carrie) Schmitt, Beau (Courtney) Martin, Tyler Eckerman, Alyssa Andrade, Ben (Trisha) Martin, Heather (Anthony) Schmitt, Cassidy (Andy) Thein, Jesse (Hannah) Bendickson, Brady (Shelby) Bond, Brittany (Michael) Bendickson; 30 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Roger, Gary and Kay in infancy; her great grandson, Jacob, brother in law; Leo “Jim” Jones and nephews, Sitman Thompson, Chris Jones, and Andy Jones and a niece, Julie Jones.


Visitation: February 15, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - New Hampton
115 N. Broadway Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

(641) 394-4331

Visitation: February 16, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - New Hampton
115 N. Broadway Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

(641) 394-4331

Service: February 16, 2023 10:30 am

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - New Hampton
115 N. Broadway Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

(641) 394-4331

Graveside: February 16, 2023 11:00 am

New Hampton Cemetery
West Hamilton
New Hampton, IA 50659


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  1. Hi Mom I am still awake 2:30 am I know you are sleeping well and enjoying your family and friends in heaven ❤️♥️♥️ I just wanted to say I love you so much and I will take care of things here at home I love you so much. Dawn

  2. Light a CandleWe are so sorry for your loss. So many great memories of Grandma Susie. Our kids grew up with her and she was everyone’s Grandma. Love ❤️ the Gipples

  3. Light a CandleAunt Susie, may you rest peacefully. I know you will be surrounded by the best. So sorry I cannot make ed it to the services, but my thoughts and prayers for all my cousins and their families. Love, Amy Bilderback

  4. Light a CandleTo Suzies entire family and friends … our hearts ache with you during this most difficult time. She has always been very near and dear to our family. We’ve shared many laughs and a few tears. Her witty comebacks left everyone in stitches. I can still hear her addictive laugh. She definitely loves her family and cherishes her friends. I would call her when it was storming and the electricity would go out. I would ask if she was ok and if she needed anything. She would reply … oh I’m just sitting here in the dark. What are you doing? She loved on and cared for our children as if they were her own and for that we are grateful. Finding joy in their little quirks. Miss Suzie, you will finally get to hear Spencer sing whenever you would like to. We will miss and cherish you always ❤️
    All our love,
    Jim, Margo, Spencer and Irelynn

  5. Great grandma was very happy and generous. Many of her family members will cherish the memories they made with Grandma. We want you to know how much we love you and miss you.

  6. Great grandma was a very generous and loving person. She loved her whole family but she is still remembered for the amazing person she was. We will all cherish the memories we made with her. We love you Grandma and we will always love you.

  7. My great grandma was the best great grandma she enjoyed all of her family and really enjoyed me playing the clarinet I will miss you great grandma very much

  8. my great- grandma was kind and a very loving person, when she wanted to be. when i would go to her house to spend time with her she always adored how long and pretty my hair is, she always said she wish her hair would grow to be as long as mine. she loved to fill up her pond with her koi fish during the summer time, she also loved her flowers she had. she always wished i could go spend the weekend with her but we never got that far, i wish i went to spend that weekend with her. i love my great- grandma and i will never stop loving her beautiful smile she gave me every time she saw me.

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