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Suzette (Curtis) Roach

August 31, 1948 ~ October 21, 2019 (age 71)


Suzette Louanna (Curtis) Roach, age 71, of Norwalk died Monday, October 21, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines.

Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24th with a Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m. Friday, October 25th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  For a complete obituary, on-line condolences and to order flowers (using O'Leary's Flowers in Norwalk) select the "send tributes/flowers" tab on this screen or call (515) 981-0700.


Suzette’s Life Story


Suzette Louanna, the daughter of Howard and Vida (Fowler) Curtis, was born on August 31, 1948 in Keokuk, Iowa. Suzette was raised, most of her young life, on the family farm outside Montrose. She participated in 4H, showing cattle, refinishing projects and cooking. She even qualified for a cooking demonstration for the Iowa State Fair. Her family moved to Norwalk in 1965 when she was a junior in high school. She graduated from Norwalk with the Class of 1966; and then attended the University of Iowa for two years, transferring to Drake University in Des Moines graduating with a degree in elementary education. She taught at East, Lakewood, and Oviatt Elementary Schools all in Norwalk retiring in 2013, as a reading specialist.

Suzette met her husband to be in November 1965 through a mutual friend after a basketball game in Norwalk. They were united in marriage on September 1, 1968 in Montrose, Iowa, and to their union had two sons, Curtis and Kevin. Suzette was a very good cook, enjoyed reading, ordering Donnie around, and doting upon her grandchildren. She and Donnie enjoyed their group of friends "The Birthday Club"; going out for dinner and different activities throughout the years. She also served on the Norwalk Public Library board.

Suzette endured many life challenges these past few years. She died peacefully Monday afternoon, October 21, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines. She lived 71 years, one month, and 20 days. She was preceded in death by her father; two siblings, a brother Howard Woodford Jr. "Woody" and a sister, in infancy, Nancy Kay.

She is survived by Donnie of Norwalk; two sons, Curt (Missy) of Prole and their three children, Bailey, Garret, and Madison and Kevin of Des Moines; her mother, Vida Curtis of Pleasant Hill; three siblings, a brother Frank (Debbie) Curtis of Norwalk and two sisters, Jeonia Curtis of Des Moines and Kristi (John) Stockton of Leawood, KS; a brother-in-law David (Dee) Roach of Cumming; a sister-in-law, Linda (Fred) Reese of Bronson, IA; many beloved cousins and host of family and friends.

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October 24, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Celebration of Life
October 25, 2019

1:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

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