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April 20, 1948 - May 18, 2022

In accordance with her wish cremation will take place and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Centrica Care Hospice Residence (formerly Rose Arbor), c/o the funeral home.

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Age 74, passed away on May 18, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Kalamazoo, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lavina Apfel. Susan was a kind and loving woman who was a joy to know. She was a hard worker who served at the Goodwill Industries. When not working she loved spending time in her garden and was always proud of her flowers. She enjoyed nature and was fond of watching hummingbirds and butterflies. She also enjoyed traveling to Baldwin to go fishing. Susan was deaf and overcame her disability through the gift of sign-language. She was always excited to meet and speak with anyone else who could communicate through sign-language. Susan had a giving heart and selfless nature. During their later years she was an ever-present figure in caring for her late parents and in-laws. Above all Susan loved her family and was proud of her children and grandchildren. On June 12, 1999, she married her loving husband Larry Fitzsimmons who survives. She is also survived by two children, Darius Dlugoss and Tuesday Yates; grandchildren, Sabrina, Blake and Sam; great-grandson, Jayden; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Shorb and Colleen VanderWal; many extended family and friends. Susan was also preceded in passing by her siblings.