Sue Ellen Kandel


Memorial services for 71-year old former Chadron State College professor Sue Ellen Kandel of Sidney, NE, are Sat, March 11, 2023, at 2:00 at the United Church of the Plains in Dalton, NE, with Pastor Leon “Bud” Gillespie officiating. 

Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on its website. 

Services will conclude at the church. 

Friends may stop for viewing Friday from 1-6:00 at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney, NE, but family members will not be present. 

Cremation has been held and inurnment will be at a later date in Ohio.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Leyton Public School Foundation, PO Box 96, Dalton, NE 69131.

You may view Sue’s Book of Memories and leave condolences, photos, and stories at

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend Sue Ellen Kandel. Sue Ellen was born June 21, 1951, and died Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Sue was intelligent, talented, accomplished, and beautiful.  

She held degrees from Colorado State University and Chadron State College. As a young woman, she was a professional actor (Chicago and Los Angeles) and the co-creator of an improv troupe called The New Revue.  

She had a distinguished career in Western Nebraska as a professor  at Chadron State College and Nebraska Western Community College, a high school principal in the Leyton Public Schools, and a high school teacher in the Leyton and Dix Public Schools).  

Sue was listed as Noteworthy in English Language Education by Marquis Who’s Who, and leaves a legacy in the generations of children and young adults she taught and influenced. 

Sue loved and was skilled in the creative arts – decorating and crafting in particular. She served as Secretary of the High Plains Art Council in Sidney, NE. 

She was an accomplished singer and voice teacher as well as a gifted choral conductor, and loved the Elizabethans. 

Sue was most in her element at the dining room table after a meal, telling stories, laughing, and causing those around her to laugh. 

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. 

Sue is survived by her mother Dorothy E Kandel; her siblings Sheryl Loeffler, David Kandel and wife Rose, and Sally Kandel and husband Jim Wuille; and her nieces Leah Kandel and husband Alex Trott and Amy Kandel. 

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge of care and funeral arrangements for Sue Kandel.