It was with much saddness that I learned today of Susan's passing. As one of the co-class agents for the Ripon College Class of 1980, I could not believe that I read that Susan was gone in correspondence that I received for the Spring Class Agent Letter.
Susan was incredibly beautiful, vivavious and loved by anyone around her while at Ripon. She had the love of life. As I read through the memories that people wrote of Susan's life, it was one well-lived. It amazes me how much we do not really know of a person, even though we spend four years of our lives with them.
I am so sad for her immediate family that they lost her so untimely. I find it hard to cope with the loss of a classmate as it smacks me in the head that life is short; that we know not when our time is up. I will strive to savor all the memories and moments that I can, because as my classmate and her family knows, they do not last forever.
To Matt and family, you have my sincere sympathy at the loss of your wife and mother. Please know that she will be forever and constantly with you. As Charles Dickens so aptly stated in his A Tale of Two Cities, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
May the shamrocks and heather fall softly for Susan.
With much sympathy,
Peggy Gero DaValt
Ripon College Class of 1980