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53, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on June 29, 2013 at
after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born on August 22, 1960, and hailed from Emmetsburg, Iowa. She lived in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1979 to 1992 when she moved Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 as a Registered Nurse, and worked as a home-care nurse. Susan was preceded in death by her father, Clare, and is survived by her mother, Doris, (Emmetsburg, IA); her brother David (Christy; Emmetsburg, IA), nephews Ryan (Lisa and son Declan; Bozeman, MT), Josh (Mountain Home, ID); and brother Chuck (Karla; Plymouth, MN), nephews Thomas and Christopher White; as well as her partner in life and loving caregiver, Gary Rinsem; beloved cockatoos Angel, Eddie, Andy, and Tyler; and friends who will forever miss her. Susan was a treasure. Her family and friends are grateful for the loving care and support provided by Gary and the staff at
- Eckstein Center, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Donations may be made in Susan's name to the
, Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue, or The Oasis Sanctuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 7, 2013