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Suzanne Marie (Mattson) BILKEY

December 2, 1941 ~ July 21, 2019 (age 77)
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Suzanne Marie (Mattson) Bilkey, age 77, of Wales, WI passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 surrounded by the love of her family at East Troy Manor.  Suzanne was born on December 2, 1941 in Whitehall, WI to Richard and Leone (Hardie) Mattson.  Sue married the love of her life, Charles Lee Bilkey on June 27, 1964 in North Beaver Creek Church, Ettrick, WI.


Sue graduated from Melrose High School in June of 1960.  She was crowned Miss Jackson County Queen, Black River Falls, WI later that summer.  Sue began teaching 1st grade in January of 1964 at Hawthorne Elementary, Waukesha.  Sue spent 26 years teaching 3rd grade at Swallow Elementary where she co-directed the 3rd grade plays that were highly looked forward to by the parents and students.  In the 1970’s Sue was very involved with the Waukesha Civic Theatre.  She was house manager as well as playing many leading roles in plays such as “Stella” in A Street Car Named Desire and “Miss Ratchet” in One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as many other roles over the years.  Sue was a promoter of golf and bowling and was involved in many leagues over the years.  She was an avid watcher of her Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks.


Suzanne is survived by her loving and devoted husband of  55 years, Charles; her loving and cherished daughter, Sara (Gary) Lilla of Waterford, WI; 2 grandson’s, Matthew and Jacob; a nephew, Andy Mattson; other relatives and many, many friends.


Preceding her in death are her parents and a brother, William (Barbara) Mattson.


A Celebration of Suzanne’s Life will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:30PM at Thelen Funeral Services, W309S4840 Commercial Drive, North Prairie, WI—NW corner of Hwy’s 83 and 59.  A time of gathering and sharing will be held from 10:00AM until 12:30PM.


Memorial contributions in Suzanne’s name may be directed to: Alzheimer’s Association (


Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the Bilkey family.

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011

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