Susan Lorraine Banker of Eau Claire, born July 17, 1937, passed away peacefully at home
on December 3, 2022 after a short respiratory illness. She was born in La Farge,
Wisconsin to Arthur Lewis Larson and Mollie Lucretia (Rockwell) Larson. She attended
and graduated from West Lima High School and after graduation, moved to Madison
where she worked for a few years and loved her time spent there. She married Leland
“Jim” Banker of Viola on June 8, 1957 and together they owned and operated Viola
Hardware and were instrumental in the formation of Banker’s Park. As big box stores came
on the scene, they made a career change and moved to Strum, Wisconsin in 1970 where
Jim managed Midwest Natural Gas and Susan worked as a dental assistant/bookkeeper for
Drs. Svoma and Underwood in Strum. She retired from this profession after 32 years and
with their strong work ethic and love of gardening and flowers, she and Jim owned and
operated Banker’s Greenery for several years. They both had a green thumb. After Jim’s

passing, Susan moved to Eau Claire to be close to her children, grandchildren, and great-
grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and was the “Rock”

of our family. Her family was the most important thing to her and she was always busy
babysitting, having after school snacks ready, and baking for those that stopped in to see
her. She was a sharp dresser and had a wonderful knack for decorating and her homes
were always beautifully appointed. She had a huge impact on many and she will be greatly
She is survived by her children, Tammy Koxlien (Steve Weld), Teresa Banker, Robin
(Mike) Hall, grandchildren, Kristen Alba, Alex Alba, Emma Brion (Jason Moser), and
Connor Koxlien; great-grandchildren Ian Alba, Owen Alba, Millie Alba, Cash Brion,
Ledger Brion, and many nieces and nephews that were like her own children.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, parents Arthur and Mollie Larson, in-laws
Lee and Eula Banker, brother Robert Larson, sisters Anne Bender (Bill Bender) and
Shirley Brady, and her sister-in-law Lela (Darrel) Grim.
A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th,
2022, at Schiefelbein Funeral Home, 13507 7th Street, Osseo, Wisconsin. A private
graveside ceremony will be held in the Spring in Viola, Wisconsin.

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