This month we are celebrating Women's History Month,  and remembering the inspiring life of Susanne Burtschi-Leslie.

Susi was born in Oakdale and raised on her family, where she learned the value of hard-work at a young age. Throughout her life she was involved in agricultural clubs, including the FFA, 4-H Club, Saddle Club, and others. She was named the Rodeo Queen in 1973. Her family recalls her joy at canal surfing with her horses, and the time she got a pitchfork stuck all the way through her foot. Throughout her life, Susi kept hold of her rural roots, working for Escalon Livestock at one point, and caring for her own 70+ acre farm. In her later years, she was known for being an advocate for youth clubs in Oakdale, and mentor for other young professionals.  

Susi was incredibly hard working, and worked numerous jobs to pay for her college education. During the course of her career in education, she worked as a pre-school teacher, elementary teacher, principle, and Curriculum Director of the Stanislaus Union School District. She is fondly remembered by Waterford USD as the former Principle of Waterford Jr High School.

Susi Burtschi-Leslie: Oct 12,1954 - Jan1, 2015

Lean more about Susi’s life, HERE