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Anna Marie "Sue" Stamm

Anna Marie "Sue" Stamm's story began on September 27, 1925. She was the second born daughter to Wencel and Luella (Dwelle) Schlaffer in Sandusky, OH. When her Uncle Joe heard the name that was chosen, he commented that it was too formal and the baby didn't "look like" an Anna Marie. He nicknamed her "Sister Sue," so Anna Marie became known as Sue, not only to family members, but to all the friends she made during her lifetime.

Sue attended Sandusky Public Schools through high school graduating in 1943. She went to work at the Rationing Board during WWII. One day a good looking farmer came in and both seemed to take an interest in one another. Soon Norb Stamm and Sue Schlaffer were dating and on June 16, 1945, they wed. She had a choice of only 2 wedding gowns and rice could not be thrown due to the war, so they used soy beans! An opportunity to buy some land with a farm house in the countryside of Huron came about, and they bought the whole 50 acres and house for $500 down and so their life began on Scheid Road.

Five years after their marriage, their first child, a daughter, was born. They named hey Phyllis after Sue's long time friend. Three years after that, their second daughter, Denise arrived. Sue's days were filled with helping her husband manage the farm and raising two daughters. She involved herself with PTA, Girl Scouts, Sunday school teaching and other activities in which the girls participated. Many donations to bake sales kept Sue busy in the kitchen. Baking for others continued throughout her life. The family attended St. John's Lutheran Church on Scheid Road while they lived at the farm. After a move to Sandusky, Sue and Norb attended Salem United Methodist Church. After it closed, Sue's final years were at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Once both daughters were grown and gone and Norb retired, the couple decided it was time to sell the farm and move to a smaller property on Gildona Drive in Sandusky, where they could still enjoy gardening and other activities. She spent many hours reading, playing her piano, embroidering tablecloths for new brides, crocheting baby afghans, as well as baking pies, cakes and pastries for others. Neighbors would smile when they saw her happily riding her bike when she was well into her 80's. Even though Norb passed in 1994, she remained in her home until last year. She realized she needed more help and moved to Parkvue Nursing Center, where she passed away on January 11, 2020, uner their wonderful care and with help from Stein Hospice at the end of her life.

She will be missed by family and friends, including her sister, Marilyn Ericson; daughters, Phyllis (Steve) Davey and Denise Winter; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Shaun) Davey, Jennifer (Sebastian) Davey-Roth, Zachary (Dawn) Davey and Andrew Winter and great-grandchildren, Ethan Davey and Destiny Davey. She also had "extended family" children and grandchildren she held dear as well as many other family members and friends who were close to Sue's heart.

Services will be announced at a later date. Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to Sue's memory may do so to The Erie County Dog Shelter, c/o Medical Fund, 2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870, Back to the Wild, 4504 Bardshar Rd., PO Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824, Pecan Creek Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 456, La Grange, TX 78945 (Denise's rescue farm) or to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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