A celebration of life service for Sue Stream, age 73, of Chariton was held Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Chariton Cemetery following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Community Church.
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Evelynne Sue was born July 23, 1947 in Creston, Iowa to Russell and Phyllis Cheers. They lived near Arispe, Iowa and was welcomed home by her older siblings: Sharon and Ken. As you think about Sue you will think of how vibrant, passionate, and tremendous she was in all aspects of her life.
As a young girl, she helped her family on the farm by saddling her horse and checking the cattle and fences. Her family also raised Palomino horses for the Roy Rogers Stables. These experiences shaped her life in many ways, giving her the fortitude to do anything to which she set her mind.
Sue went to grade school in Arispe and then to high school in Afton at East Union High School. At the age of 12, she met Rodney Stream for the first time and later, at the age of 16, they began dating when they went to the homecoming dance together. This was the beginning their life of 50 years together.
During high school she was a natural leader and was captain of the cheerleading squad for 4 years. She also excelled at sports being especially talented as a softball catcher, helping lead the team to the state tournament her senior year. She was also highly active in 4-H and was the Union County Rodeo Queen with her horse Chief. After high school graduation, she attended Iowa State University, and then entered the Iowa School of Beauty and studied to be a beautician. She had tremendous ability and talent. Upon graduation, the owner of the school asked her to stay at the school to rewrite the final exam for the cosmetology program.
Sue was married to Rodney Stream on June 26, 1971. They made their first home in Roanoke, Virginia. Sue worked as a hairdresser and entertained at the high-end Greek restaurants as a belly dancer. She was exceptional at the art of belly dancing and was also asked to perform on educational TV shows about the art.
They moved to Richmond where she worked as a hairdresser for high-end clientele as Rodney completed his dental education. They moved to Chariton in 1976 where Rodney built his practice. Sue was active in the Chariton community giving of her time and talents to improve life for those around her. She helped grow the dentist practice by working as a receptionist in the office for several years while also working as a beautician. She enjoyed her time working with the public through the Chariton Recreation Department. Sue taught aerobics and water exercise. She headed the Red Cross programs, teaching swim lessons and the lifeguard training program. She played Fast Pitch Softball for the Chariton team from 1978-1982 as a catcher and was able to hit a home run in nearly every game.
Sue and Rodney became proud parents in 1984 with the birth of daughter, Lisa, and again in 1987 with Sarah. The girls became the center of her life and she especially enjoyed coaching their softball teams to many league championships with Lisa as pitcher and Sarah as catcher. Sue homeschooled Lisa and Sarah and founded the Lucas Area Christian Educators, where they enjoyed many field trips with the other local homeschool families.
The family operated the Stream Cattle Company from 1996 until 2013, with Sue at the helm. She loved travelling across the United States to nationally sanctioned shows and sales. She was active within the Angus and Hereford Breed Associations. They showed many champions at various shows at the state and national level. Sue loved the people and friendships built throughout the cattle community.
Her greatest joy in life was her family. Sue would not miss a moment with her children and grandchildren. She was close with her family and especially enjoyed seeing her nieces and nephews and their families.
Sue passed away on May 31, 2021 at the age of 73 surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Dr. Rodney Stream; daughters, Lisa (Lucas) Beverlin and Sarah (Nick) Franzkowiak; 5 grandchildren: Dane, Daxon, Kate, Evie, and Lily; siblings, Sharon Bennett and Ken (Pennie) Cheers; along with nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends.
Sue’s life was guided by a deep faith in God, Jesus Christ, and Eternal Life. She was a great teacher, coach, encourager, friend, and leader; giving all she had for what she believed. Sue was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in October of 2020. She has been very much appreciative of the overwhelming love, prayers, and support from her friends and the Cornerstone Community Church. In her sickness she never complained; she did not want to take pain medication for fear of missing out on life. She knew what was coming and was not afraid, “I know where I’m going.”.