Susan Kay Ginther

Sep 18, 2020
Ginther, Susan


A family directed memorial service will be held on September 26, 2020 at Hope City Church at 118 High St. in Waterloo. Services will begin at 11 AM with friends and family being received for visitation prior to the service at 10:30 AM


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Sue’s memory to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank at A gift to either the “Iowa Lions Eye Bank Fund” OR “The Cornea Transplant Research Lab” would honor her beautifully.


Susan Kay Ginther, age 71, passed away peacefully September 18, 2020 at home under Hospice care due to metastatic breast cancer. She was born November 16, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa to the late Junior Leo and Florence Donovan. She is one of six “Donovan Girls.” She married Roger John Ginther Jr., on August 15, 1981 in Washburn, Iowa. Together, they share just one (because they got perfection on the first try) daughter, Melissa Leann Ginther. But none of the aforementioned matter quite as much as her two “little sweethearts”, her grandchildren, Sophie Matlock and Cederick “Ceddie” Matlock Jr.

Sue was a nurturing soul, providing a listening ear and helping hand to all her nieces, nephews, daughter, daughters friends and grandchildren as long as she was able to do so. She spent the majority of her career working in Admissions and IT at Allen Memorial Hospital on the weekdays, and packing an old Astro Van to the ceiling full of totes of air fresheners disguised as farm animals and hand sewn EVERYTHING to travel the state doing craft shows with her sister on the weekends.

In her later years, she spent her days on the phone chit-chatting with anyone who would listen, hanging up and then calling the next individual to tell them everything the last caller had told her, all while crocheting wash rags by the tote-full. Not a single soul in the cedar valley should be without a hand towel thanks to Sue

Sue is survived by her husband, Roger; daughter, Melissa; Grandchildren, Sophie & Cederick Matlock Jr.; Sisters, Nancy Shatz, Mary Fordyce, Joyce Anderson, and Carolyn Oster, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents Florence and Junior Leo Donovan; a sister, Lyla Fouts and her grandchildren’s father, Cederick ”Joe” Matlock Sr.

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  1. Geri Salisbury | Sep 23, 2020
    To Sue's family, my sincere prayers. Enjoyed her many stories, crafts, the cookies that were made each holiday. Worked at Allen for 30 yrs so knew Sue's dad and Mary, Carolyn  and Sue. Many laughs were shared. Thinking of Missy and kids, hugs to you all.
  2. Mona | Sep 20, 2020
    I only met your mother a few times.  But I know you loved her very much Missy and that she was very proud of you.  But those grand babies took over her heart. She got to go meet her lord and savior with all her love in her heart. How blessed  

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