Susan Elizabeth Muntz, 69, of Fairfield, IA passed away on May 26, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. As were Susan’s wishes, her body has been cremated. Open visitation begins at 2:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield IA. Words of comfort by Pastor Larry Smith will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a time for family and friends to share a favorite memory. Memorial contributions in Susan’s honor may be directed to the family to be used for one of the organizations she dedicated her time and love. They may be left at the funeral home or mailed to 1105 S. 5 th St., Fairfield, IA 52556. Friends may leave online condolences at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Susan E. Muntz was born on October 24, 1953, in Fairfield, IA. She attended grade school in Fairfield before graduating from Van Buren High School in 1971. She attended Parson’s College for a few years until its closing in 1973. Susan began her career at Danielson Motor Company in Fairfield, IA, and later found her calling at the Iowa Department of Human Services, where she worked as a dedicated employee for many years until her retirement. Susan met her husband, Rusty Muntz, at a birthday party, and the two were inseparable for the next 33 years. They were married on May 26, 1990, and honeymooned in Nashville, TN. Together, they built a life filled with love
and laughter, with Susan taking care of the bookkeeping for Rusty’s electrical business.
Family was of utmost importance to Susan, having grown up in a large family herself. She always looked after her siblings, even after they had grown, and cherished the special bond she shared with each of them. Susan’s family members include her husband, Rusty Muntz, her mother, Barbara Jamison, her siblings, Robert E. (Connie) Keller, Patty (Roger) Harward, Dawn (Kevin) Bentzinger, Mike (Tammy) Keller, Mary Klein, Jody Gunn, and Julie (Doug) Horras, her stepson, Aaron (Rachel Jackson) Muntz, her step-grandson, Branden Jackson, her brothers-in-law, Dan (Jean) Douthart, Randy (Bev) Muntz, Richie (Pam) Muntz, and her sisters-in-law, Deb (Bill) Conner, Vickie Heald (Mike Hatland), and Kristi (Chester) McKim, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Susan was preceded in death by her father, Forrest Keller, her stepfather, Harold Jamison, her late brother, David Lee Keller, her in-laws James E Muntz and Virginia L Muntz, and brother-in-law, Kenneth/Junior Muntz.
Susan had a heart for rescue animals, especially cats and dogs, and always stepped up whenever she was needed. She was a devoted volunteer and held leadership roles in various organizations, including serving as the president of the Hospital Auxiliary and the Bargain Box and the Lord’s Cupboard. Susan also worked for many years at the polling sites for Jefferson County, ensuring that the democratic process ran smoothly for her community.
A wonderful cook and seamstress, Susan was known for her ability to create delicious meals and beautiful garments for her family and friends. She always made sure to send cards to celebrate her family’s special occasions, a small yet meaningful gesture that showcased her love and thoughtfulness.
In addition to her passion for animals and community service, Susan was a lifelong learner who loved to explore new ideas and challenge herself intellectually. Her intelligence and kindness were evident in all aspects of her life, making her a true role model for those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Susan’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of her loved ones, but her memory will live on through the countless lives she touched.