Passed away peacefully entering eternal life with family by her side on Tuesday December 29th, 2020 at the age of 83. She is survived by her devoted husband, Tom, of 56 years, beloved mother of Ted, Andy (Vicki), Kati (Kurt), grandmother to Nathan and Hannah, and her cherished twin sister Sally. Also, adored by many more in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Susan graduated from Bayview High School and afterwards pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the UW Milwaukee. Early in her career she taught K-6th grade for the Milwaukee school district and later when her own children were all in school, she taught as a substitute teacher in the Elmbrook school district.
Susan’s life was filled with family, friends, love and laughter.
Susan was very family oriented and adored her parents Ruth and Lester Schier, her older sister Ruthie, and twin sister Sally. She would recall days the family would sing and harmonize together. Music and singing was a passion of hers throughout her life. In high school, she participated in musicals and operettas and her love for music and singing carried on throughout her life. Her own family will always remember how she never shied away from an opportunity to sing in church, her car, or home. Roy Rodgers, Elvis, and the Beetles were a few of her long-time favorites.
Susan shared with her family her love for animals. She raised many family pets over the years including a horse “Copper,” Siamese cat “Bobo”, childhood dog “Ginger” and later Shelties “Kelly, Mini, Pixie, Tally, Shannon, Jacko”, and finally “Jesse” who is living with dad. She was a long-time supporter and advocate to animal rights and protection.
Susan took care of herself. She walked her dogs daily in all kinds of weather, she frequented a local gym where she made many friends, and she took pride in maintaining her house and yard.
She was a free-spirit, very outgoing, and easily made friends. She loved a good joke and would effortlessly share them with much enthusiasm. Susan valued the importance of a smile, honesty, and kindness.
In August of 2010, Susan was hospitalized with an unexpected illness that led to an acute state of delirium that forever changed the course of her life. She unfortunately never recovered and suffered severe memory and cognitive deficits and eventually a slow decline with dementia for the remainder of her life. Even when her ability to speak was gone, she maintained her abundant smile and contagious laugh. We are forever grateful to the staff and caregivers of both St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus and Aseracare Hospice who took care of her with love and compassion during her final years and days. May God bless all of you with the same grace you showed Susan when she needed it most. Thank you.
In lieu of flowers or donations, contributions in her name to the St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus or the Elmbrook Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world would end, she became a butterfly.”
Mom, you will always be loved and remembered.
Private services pending.