Friday, January 14, 2022 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at
St. Patrick’s Church in Elkhart
Friday at 1 p.m. at the church
Gwen L. Suttory Best Rosenfeld, 89, of Elkhart,
passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Heritage
Woods in Dwight. Visitation will be held on Friday,
January 14, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St.
Patrick’s Church in Elkhart. Mass to follow with
Rev. Joseph Dondanville officiating. The family is
requesting masks to be worn. Graveside services to
follow at Elkhart Cemetery. She will be the 7th
generation of her family to be buried there.
She was born July 29, 1932 in Elkhart, a daughter of
William and Chrystle Shockey Suttory. She grew up in
Fancy Prairie. She married William Best in 1952.
They divorced in 1977. Sadly, he passed away in
2006. She later married Lloyd Rosenfeld in 1980. He
preceded her in death in 1992.
She is survived by her children, Greg (Janet) Best
of Greeley, CO, Raymond Best of Parker, CO, Laura
(Mike Martin) Haacke of Dwight, William Best II of
Lincoln, and Daniel (Ruth) Best of The Villages, FL,
six grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 11
great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren,
one great-great-grandchild, and five
step-great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind
one brother Louis (Rochelle) Suttory of Springfield,
and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and
nephews and a very dear niece, Judy Carlson. She
also leaves three stepchildren, Cindy, Mike, and
She was preceded in death by her
parents, two brothers; William and Darrell Suttory,
two sisters; Cordelia Shelton and Leahdell Turner,
and one daughter-in-law; Pamela Best.
Gwen graduated from Elkhart Community
High School in 1950 then worked for Franklin Life
Insurance as a proofreader and then as a proofreader
at Phillips Printing. She was co-owner of the Buzz
Box Tavern in Sherman, and co-owner of the Trojan
Inn Café in Dwight. She worked for Playhouse Toys
for 17 years, which allowed her to travel all 50
states and nine countries. In 1994, she retired from
State Farm Insurance. She spent her retired years as
the elected Village Clerk of Elkhart, serving from
1997 to 2009 and was treasurer of the Elkhart
American Legion Auxiliary until 2016. She was a
historian of the Elkhart Community in having written
two books on the Village and its residents. She was
a life-long avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved
playing Rummy (only for money).
Due to Gwen’s dedication and patriotism in
supporting our troops, memorials may be made in her
name to the American Legion Post 616.
Arrangement made by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Lincoln
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