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Death: Susan F. Ekdale

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Susan Faust Rostberg Ekdale, 49, died Saturday at University Hospital in Salt Lake City following a stroke.

Sue was born on September 26, 1947, to Richard Wayne and Odile Genevieve Rostberg in St. Louis, Missouri. She married Allan Anton ("Tony") Ekdale on July 5, 1969, in St. Louis. She lived in Salt Lake City since 1974, where she and Tony raised two children: Joan Diane Ekdale of Bloomington, Ind. and Eric Gregory Ekdale of Rock Island, Ill.Sue graduated with honors from Normandy High School, St. Louis, in 1965, graduated cum laude from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, in 1969 (BA, Geology), and graduated from Rice University, Houston, in 1974 (MA, Geology). Her master's thesis was a micropaleontological study near Cancun, Mexico, before that area was inhabited and became a tourist resort. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was certified as a secondary education teacher.

Sue was employed by Kennecott Exploration. She formerly worked for Getty Mining in Salt Lake City and Geological Consulting Services in Houston. She briefly taught at Eisenhower Junior High School and Redeemer Lutheran School. She was an active member of Geological Society of America, Association for Women Geoscientists, Utah Geological Association, and Association of Records Managers and Administrators. She was past-president of the Salt Lake Chapter of Association for Women Geoscientists. She was a lifelong Lutheran (ELCA) and an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City. Sue loved planting flowers, listening to beautiful music, and traveling to interesting places.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother, Richard Eric Rostberg.

She is survived by her husband, Tony; children, Joan and Eric; stepmother, Velma Rostberg; aunts, Helen Buchanan and Ivilla Weiss; uncle, Howard Faust; and several cousins. She dearly loved her cat, Isis, and dog, Pandora.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City. Friends may visit at the mortuary from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday or 12:30-1:30 on Wednesday. Funeral directors, Evans and Early.

Gifts in Sue's name to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or to Salt Lake Chapter of Assn. for Women Geoscientists will be gratefully accepted.

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