My name is Jenni Goggin Welch and I knew Susan at Eden Prairie High School. Even though Susan was a year ahead of me in school, I knew her best during our days of running track and cross country together. A few years ago, we reunited via Facebook. Susan was the loveliest of girls, even back in high school when girls can be so unkind. Susan raised that bar for all of us. She was true goodness. Susan was nice to everyone; her positive outlook and her thoughtfulness were infectious. She sparkled.
I have three very young daughters and I hope that they grow up to be kind like Susan. Good like Susan. Thoughtful, smart and lovely like Susan. I'm a better person for having known her. Although our time together was brief; I will cherish it always. Jake, we've not met, but you and your family are in my thoughts constantly. I am deeply sorry for your loss and hope that you are able to find peace during this most difficult time.