Susan Beth Feistner
May 11, 1944 – February 18, 2023
Susan Beth Feistner was born to William and Mary Grasmick in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1944. She attended Omaha Central High School and Omaha Westside High School, and after graduation, attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she was a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and where she met her future husband, Jon Feistner. She graduated in 1966 with a teaching degree and started her teaching career at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Lincoln.
In 1968, she “retired” from teaching to raise her children. Through her volunteer work with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and the Junior League of Lincoln, Susan eventually found her true calling: politics. She worked on a number of political campaigns over the years and also worked in the state legislative offices of Senator Carol McBride Pirsch, Senator Gene Tyson, and Senator Brad Ashford. In 1999 she served on Lee Terry’s successful congressional campaign for the 2nd District of Nebraska, and after the election, she worked as his immigration liaison until retiring in 2014.
Susan loved the political arena and remained astute in local and state politics long after retirement. She was a strong, intelligent, and outgoing woman, was an avid reader, had an extraordinary green thumb, enjoyed a good cocktail (especially mimosas), and loved her family.
Susan is survived by her children, Stephanie (Scott) Hatfield, Joel Feistner, and Hilary Feistner; grandchildren Morgan (Logan) Mendez, Ben Hatfield, and Margaret Hatfield; and her sister, Patricia (Bart) Green. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, cousins, and too many friends to count. All will miss Susan very dearly.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, March 3rd, 1PM at West Center Chapel.