~ IN MEMORY ~
Suzanne Seyfert, widow of NWA Capt. Norman Seyfert
June 13, 1937 ~ July 14, 2018
Notification with the passing of RNPA member Suzanne Seyfert, widow of NWA Captain Norman Seyfert who passed in July 2003.
USAF ret. Lt. Col. Norman C. Seyfert joined Northwest Airlines 05-29-1959.
Suzanne’s obituary may be viewed online at
Please see below both obituaries and all available information.
~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary...............Suzanne Elizabeth (Karnstedt) Seyfert, longtime resident of Prior Lake, passed away with her family at her side on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the age of 81.
A visitation will be held Friday, July 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a funeral at 11 a.m. all at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Rd NW, Prior Lake. Suzanne will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Pastor Dan Poffenberger will preside.
Memorials are appreciated and will be distributed by the family to Suzanne's favorite charities.
On June 13, 1937, in Duluth, parents, Chalmers and Thelma "Jackie" (Hassel) Karnstedt celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Suzanne. She was the oldest of ten children. Due to her father's job with KSTP, the family moved to South Minneapolis and eventually settled in Edina.
From a young age, Suzanne was a motivated individual—she helped raise her younger siblings, worked at numerous jobs, and attended Holy Angels Catholic School. Following her high school graduation, Suzanne attended the University of Minnesota where she earned an Associate Degree. Around this time, she began working for Northwest Airlines as a stewardess.
Through her job, Suzanne met a pilot, Norman Seyfert. While on a date, Suzanne was carded, and Norman noticed they had the same birthday (five years apart). The two considered this a sign—they were meant for one another. Norman proposed to Suzanne at the Virginian Supper Club in Prescott, WI. Rather than having a formal wedding, the couple eloped on April 3, 1961 to La Paz, Mexico.
In 1969, Suzanne and Norman built a home in Prior Lake where they raised their family. Because Norman traveled often, Suzanne was dedicated to her family. She was the quintessential hockey mom, even helping form the Prior Lake Hockey Association. When Norman was home, they loved cooking together. In her free time, Suzanne enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, creative needlework and playing the piano. She was an avid bowler and member of the Fort Snelling Officer's Wives Club.
As her children grew, Suzanne returned to work. She was a substitute librarian and secretary for the superintendent for School District 719. A devout woman, Suzanne also volunteered for Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. She sewed the church banners and served as the church librarian.
Despite suffering from COPD, Suzanne was always active. She was a voracious reader, word smith, and completed crosswords with ease. In recent years, she enjoyed playing Words with Friends. It allowed her to connect with other players across the world.
Suzanne was a wise, resilient woman who will be loved and missed by her children, Sara (Arne) Skyberg, Samuel Seyfert, Seth Seyfert; sister, Mary Karnstedt; brothers, John Karnstedt, David Karnstedt, Mark (Sharon) Karnstedt, Paul Karnstedt: many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Suzanne is greeted in Heaven by her husband, Norman; parents, Cal and Jackie; sisters, Katherine Starrett, Deborah Karnstedt; brothers, Peter Karnstedt, James Karnstedt.
Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder , Funeral & Cremation, Prior Lake Chapel.
Name: Norman C. Seyfert
Date of Birth: Monday June 13, 1932
Date of Death: Friday July 11, 2003
Est. Age at Death: 71 years, 28 days
Norman C. Seyfert, age 71, of Prior Lake, died July 11, 2003, due to complications from throat cancer. 33 Year pilot with N.W.A., retired N.W. Pilots Assn. Retired Lt. Col.-USAF, Reserve Officers Assn., Prior Lake American Legion. Graduate of St. Olaf College, Long time member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. Survived by wife Sue Seyfert of Prior Lake; children Sara (Arne) Skyberg of Red Wing, Sam Seyfert of Prior Lake, Seth Seyfert of Prior Lake; mother Edna Seyfert of Apex, NC; sister Rosalyn Jetter of Apex, NC; brother Arthur (Joan) Seyfert of West Bend WI & canine companion Lizzie. Preceded in death by father Arthur Seyfert. Visitation Tuesday, 5-7 pm at Ballard- Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake and 1 hour prior to service at church on Wednesday. Funeral service Wednesday, 11 am at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 15033 Hwy 13 S., Prior Lake. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Mpls. Memorials preferred to Last Hope Animal Rescue. Ballard-Sunder Prior Lake 952-447-2633