Susan D. Copin VanderWaal Born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 27, 1964, to John and Edith Edwards Copin. Sue grew up in the Battle Creek area and attended Battle Creek Academy, from which she graduated in 1982. She continued her education at Andrews University and Lake Michigan College, receiving her RN in 1985. She completed her BS from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing with a clinical specialization from Andrews University. In elementary school, she met Curtis Jon VanderWaal. They married in Battle Creek, MI, on June 16, 1985. The VanderWaals moved to the Berrien Springs, MI area in 1990, Sue began work at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Hospital of South Bend, where she pursued her career for the next 24 years. In early 2012, Sue and her family learned she had breast cancer. She fought valiantly and enjoyed every minute with family and friends. But the disease progressed and Sue lost her battle on Saturday, February 22, 2014. She was tenderly nursed through the final days of her illness by her family and especially her dear friends Connie Guerra and DeEtta Chen. Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Copin, in 1981. She is survived by her husband Curt, her children, Michael, Benjamin and Emma (all at home), her father John Copin and her stepmother Della, her brother John (Ruth Ann) Copin, her sisters Jeanne (Dale) Dent and Teresa (Mark) Cope, her father and mother-in-law Neal and Patricia VanderWaal and their children, Greg (Kimberly), Gail (James) Micheff, Robert (Jennifer), and Chris (Macie), many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and a myriad of friends. A Celebration of Life Service was held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews University Campus, Berrien Springs. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, Berrien Center. Friends visited with the family from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Pioneer Memorial Youth Chapel. Donations in Sue's memory may be made to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Hospital of South Bend, 615 N. Michigan, South Bend, IN 46601, in care of Diane Freel. Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Chapel, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Those wishing to sign Sue's Memory Book online may do so at www.heritage-chapel.com.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 2, 2014