A funeral mass will at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Clare Catholic Church in Altamont, with Fr. Marek Kasperczuk officiating. Burial will follow at St. Clare Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation will start at 5 p.m. with a rosary service and conclude at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont.
Memorials may be made to the Altamont Education Foundation, Altamont Sports Boosters or the Effingham County 4-H Foundation.
V. Suzanne Kollmann was born in Effingham on Oct. 6, 1942, to Lindel S. and Ruby P. (Hutchcraft) Bell. She married Clarence A. Kollmann on July 29, 1972, at St. Clare Catholic Church, Altamont. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2011. She was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, where she was a member and former president of the Altar Society and had taught religious education for a number of years.
Suzanne was a graduate of Effingham High School and Murray State University, Kentucky. She was a lifetime member of the IEA/NEA teacher’s associations. She retired in 2005 after 36 years of teaching in the Altamont Community School District Unit 10, having taught in five decades, beginning in 1964. In 1994, she received the Effingham County “Teacher of the Year” Award and in 2002 she received the Illinois Farm Bureau “Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year” Award in which she was honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. and attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conference.
As a result of this honor, she was recognized by the Illinois State Fair. In addition, she was past president of the Altamont Classroom Teachers Association, member of Murray State Alumni Association, College of Education. Along with her dear friend and fellow teacher, Karyn Grunloh, she was honored in the Who’s Who in American Education. She was always proud of true achievements of former students and kept in touch with many of them.
She felt her greatest accomplishments in her life were being a teacher, a loving wife, a good mom and mother-in-law and always, “Grandma Sue”.
Suzanne leaves behind her sons, Andy (Jody) Kollmann, and Alan (Michelle) Kollmann, of Altamont; eight grandchildren, Taylor, Jared, Andrew, Eric, Justin, Katie, Alisyn and Jenna Kollmann; one great-grandson, Jonah Jansen; brother, Kenny Bell, of Effingham; sister, Marie (Dave) Delaney, of Effingham; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Kollmann, of Altamont; and Deronda Kollmann, of Watson; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Lindel Lee Bell; and sister, Eva Rosteck