Susan L. Howell, 78 of Monticello and formerly of Rensselaer, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was born on June 2, 1944 in Valparaiso to the late John and Phyllis (Mleczko) Czarnecki. Susan graduated from LaCrosse High School and was a very proud wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be dearly missed.
On June 8, 1963, Susan married Norman Howell, who survives, along with their children, Curtis (Lisa) Howell and Brenda (Bob) Luce; brothers, Albert (Nancy) Czarnecki and John (Edith) Czarnecki; and grandchildren, Nicole Hodgman, Josh Howell, Robert Luce, and Stephanie Luce. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Norman R. Howell; brother, Kenneth Czarnecki; and sister-in-law, Margie Czarnecki.
There will be no services at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello in Susan’s name.


My mom will be missed dearly by all. Some people have a gift of laughter, kindness, and caring, the love of GOD and friends. In life people are touched and influenced by others. That was my mom to me, luckily I was her friend and Son and I am very proud of that. I will miss making her laugh to the point of crying. When I would constantly pick on her infront of her friends, wiping her tears of laughter with her white handkerchief she would tell me I'm gonna get you. She would tell me, I have people you know!!!! I would start laughing at her saying Ohhhhhh no mom your scaring me. Your people ARE my people (You all family and friends). There are many things that you can miss about people you LOVE, but I think for me it would be kissing Mom on the lips. She would see me and her eyes would light up and her lips would pucker. I would tell her, Really on the lips. I didn't bring any penicillin. We would laugh and kiss. I was fortunate to kiss her for final time after her passing, all those kisses will remain in my heart forever. I know by the grace of God I will see Mom again and she will be waiting with puckered lips. I believe that the passed stay with us and talk to us in our hearts 💕. Listen they're there. I will always love you MOM. Your Son Curt

So sorry for the loss of your mother Curtis, I know the pain in your heart, as we lost our mom in November. Your mom was such a wonderful person, always full of laughter. You and your family have my sincere condolences.  Rest in peace sweet lady, -Shannon (Isley) Lyons

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