Susan F. Hargrove

Susan "Sue" Frances Hargrove

65, Indianapolis, passed away on August 2, 2013 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis. Sue was born on July 21, 1948 in LaPorte, Indiana the only child of Carl Schirr and Aileen Weiss Schirr of Laporte. Both of her parents preceded Sue in death.

She is survived by her husband, Richard "Dick" Hargrove, who was at her bedside when she passed. They were joined in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in LaPorte on August 1, 1970. Also surviving are her sons, Brian Hargrove, Indianapolis, and Anthony "Tony" Hargrove and his wife, Melissa, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Sue graduated from LaPorte High School in 1966. She attended Ball State University where she graduated with a BS degree in secondary education. Following graduation, Sue taught 4th and 6th grades from 1970 to 1974 at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Anderson, Indiana.

She also was also employed by JCPenney for 14 years as a women's clothing sales associate in their stores at Mounds Mall in Anderson, University Park Mall in Mishawaka, and at the Washington Square Mall store in Indianapolis as a fine jewelry sales associate. In 1987 Sue moved from retail to the insurance industry, first with Cigna Insurance, and moving to Indiana Insurance/Liberty Mutual in 1990, where she worked until retirement in 2008.

At Ball State, Sue was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. She is also a member of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Theta Pi, Indianapolis Chapter, which is a philanthropic sorority dedicated to community service. Sue was awarded her 25 year service recognition as a lifetime member at the International Convention on June 28, 2008 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Sue's mother, Aileen, was a 75 year lifetime member of the sorority as well.

In life, Sue loved her family and enjoyed vacationing with them whenever possible. She enjoyed traveling to any beach that had great sunsets where she would patiently wait, with her camera at the ready, for the perfect sunset photo. She was an avid golfer and was willing to play a round whenever the opportunity presented itself. She also enjoyed traveling to Ball State for football and basketball games, attending all home games until health issues got in the way. She also participated in many sorority community service functions; the last was helping serve Thursday breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House.

Through the years of battling breast cancer she received much support from her co-workers at Indiana Insurance and her Indianapolis Theta Pi sisters. She was very grateful to them. Everyone admired her strength and say she was the strongest person they ever met. Their support helped make her strong, never once asking "why me?", but "what can I do to get better and win my battle?"

Services will be on Wednesday, August 7 at 11 a.m. in Flan ner and Buchanan - Washington Park East , 10722 E. Washington Street. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral center. Burial will be in Washington Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the . A tribute to Sue's full life may be viewed online at, where condolences may be shared with her family.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 6, 2013