Susan Harpt

November 29, 1934
June 22, 2023

Susan M. Harpt, 88, Bellevue, passed away on June 22, 2023.  She was born to Bernard and Margaret (Pilger) Kowalski on November 29, 1934, in Manitowoc, WI.

Susan graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1953.  She loved learning and went on to attend Manitowoc County Teacher’s College.  After graduation, she taught first and second grade at Stone Bank School in Stone Bank, WI for several years.

On November 30,1957 she married her best friend and loving husband, Elton H. Harpt at Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Manitowoc.  Susan and Elton lived in Manitowoc for several years before relocating to De Pere, Wisconsin.

Susan dearly loved her husband and children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Susan worked tirelessly to create a loving home and never missed a school concert, sporting event or a chance to volunteer. She was always ready to play a competitive game of scrabble.

Susan had a passion for reading and books. She was a dedicated past member of St. Vincent’s Hospital Auxiliary where she helped deliver books to patients.  As a volunteer with Brown County Literacy Council, she helped teach adults to read.  Susan also enjoyed being part of the book club at Resurrection Catholic Church where she was a member. Over the years she enjoyed attending exercise classes with her friends at the CP Center pool, and enjoying their company with lunch and lively games of dominos.

Susan is survived by her 4 children: Steven Harpt, Lisa (Randy) Voda, Jeff Harpt (Patti Phillips), Sara (Jon) Medo; 7 grandchildren: Emily (Jacob) Sleger, Adam Kaufmann, Elizabeth (Jacob) Hintz, Benjamin Harpt, Sophie Harpt, Nicholas Medo, Abigail Medo; 2 great grandchildren, Colin and Jackson Sleger; special niece: Katherine Brinkman; Brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gerry and Audrey Harpt along with many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband Elton, brother Robert Kowalski, sister Jane Warren, niece Susan Harju along with other family and friends.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Dr., from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom Reyenbeau officiating. Susan will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Unity Hospice who treated Susan with dignity and allowed her to peacefully enter into eternal rest.


June 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Resurrection Parish [map]
Funeral Mass
June 28, 2023
11:00 a.m.
Resurrection Parish [map]

Joshua Ferguson is serving the family.