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Mary Susen

Died: Sat., Oct. 13, 2012

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2012-10-16T00:00:00ZMary Woleben Susenmissoulian.com
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STEVENSVILLE - Mary Woleben Susen, of Stevensville, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, after a long illness.

Mary was born in 1933 in Chicago to Eulalie Armstrong and Stanley A. Woleben, and she grew up in Winnetka, Ill. She graduated from Saints Faith, Hope & Charity Catholic School in 1946, New Trier High School in 1950 and Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1954. In college, she studied art and architecture, and she pursued her interest in American design through her many hobbies and activities.

In 1955, she married John W. Susen, also of Winnetka, and together they moved from Evanston, Ill., to Rocky River, Ohio, and then to Ridgewood, N.J., in 1960, where they raised their four children. Mary devoted herself to her family and to many activities that enriched her community. She was active in a wide variety of organizations, including the College Club of Ridgewood, Smith College Club of Bergen County, Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity Inc., and the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club.

For more than 20 years, Mary was a core volunteer with The Depot, an all-volunteer women's exchange that supports family counseling services, a member of the Children's Aid and Family Services. Mary started out as a salesperson, and graduated to buyer and a manager.

In 1989, Mary and her husband retired to Stevensville, where she oversaw the building of their new home and supported her husband in his many community activities, working the Symphony Guild of Missoula, Stevensville Community Foundation's Festival of Trees and fundraising for the Historic St. Mary's Mission. She was an accomplished hostess who entertained friends and family around her pool in the summertime and her dining room table in the winter.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 57 years, John Susen; and four children, Anthony (Stephanie) Susen of Walpole, Mass., Mary Clare (Stephen) Kersten of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Paul Susen of Paris and Eulalie Anne Susen of Stevensville. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, John Kersten, Sarah Kersten, Michael Susen and Emily Susen; as well as her brother, Mike (Sandy) Woleben of Northbrook, Ill.; sister-in-law, Jamie Susen of Missoula; and many nieces and nephews, including Ted Susen of Missoula. Mary's sister, Eulalie Woleben Sullivan of Plantation, Fla., passed away in 2009.

The Susen family wishes to thank close family friend Pam Omdahl; the wonderful caregivers from Home Instead, Linda Chisholm, Stacy Frison, Heidi Lodahl, and Jennifer Blauchura; Aspen Hospice; Colleen and John Schmiedeke; and the Three Mile Volunteer Fire Department and EMS for their selfless assistance to the Susen family.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Mary's Mission Parish with a reception immediately following at the Susen family home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Susen's honor may be made to Three Mile Volunteer Fire Department, 1064 Three Mile Creek Road, Stevensville, MT 59870.

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Kevin Cullen
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
My condolences and best wishes to all the Susens.

Kevin Cullen

Dusty and Becky Deschamps
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
Mary was such a wonderful woman, always smiling serenely and a truly gentle soul. We know that she's in a better place and pray that your warm memories of your lives together with her will ease your pain at this difficult time.

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