Susan E. Sachs, 65 of Birchwood, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Sue was born on July 11, 1951 to Charles and Margaret (Helbling) Paetzel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She graduated in 1969 from Washburn High School in South Minneapolis.  After high school, Sue graduated from Maxims Beauty School and worked as a beautician throughout her life.  She met her future husband, Bill Sachs, at the age of 16 and they later married at the age of 19 in Minneapolis, MN in 1970. Sue enjoyed painting, sewing, quilting, and collecting buttons.  She was a member of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National button clubs. Sue was a loving friend and a gift to all that knew her.

Sue is survived by her husband, Bill Sachs of Birchwood, WI; and brother, John T. Paetzel of Rice Lake, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sue’s honor.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, Wisconsin with Pastor Joan Scheffler officiating.  Burial will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Birchwood, Wisconsin. 


  1. Dear Bill and All Family Members: I write to offer my heartfelt condolences on Sue’s passing. Bill and Sue and I all went to Ramsey Junior High, and Sue and I went to Washburn High. I have many happy memories of those faraway days. Bill and I played in a couple of bands together, and Sue did my mother’s hair. I remember Bill and Sue’s wedding quite clearly because I was there–playing the organ. God bless Sue’s memory, and I wish you all peace and strength. Sincerely, Lawrence “Larry” Moe

  2. Bill and family, Thinking of you all at this extremely hard time. I have such fond memories of Sue and the times we spent together. I had been trying to search for her about a month ago. So sorry that I was not able to get in contact. So sorry for your loss.
    Trudy Lindberg

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