Norma A. (Vought) Sussenbach (1939 - 2016)

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Norma A. Sussenbach, 77, of Greenville, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at her home, surrounded by all of her family.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Greenville Free Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gregory Groves officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials: Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Durley Youth Camp.
Mrs. Sussenbach was born on March 16, 1939, in Barron, Wis., the daughter of Merlin G. and Naomi E. Vought.
She graduated from Barron High School in 1957 and from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing (Wheaton College Nursing Program) in Oak Park as a registered nurse in 1961. She went on to Greenville College, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1964, as well as completing most of the requirements for a major in religion.
She met Ward Sussenbach while attending college, but they didn't date until she was working as a nurse and he was teaching in inner city Chicago. In 1969, they were married at Bethany Free Methodist Church in Melrose Park, and for the next two years, she worked as a nurse at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., while Ward served in the U.S. Air Force.
Norma was known as a baker of yeast breads, talented painter of oils, Biblical scholar and Christian education worker. She was instrumental in leading several children's ministry programs in the churches where her husband pastured, as well as serving as director of Christian education and teaching classes in Biblical geography. She had a special ability to reach out to senior citizens, as she shared with them the gospel in a loving way and many were led to Jesus Christ.
Norma did home nursing care for a number of years as well as being a certified parish nurse. She chose to limit her nursing career so that she could be a stay-home mom and spend time with her children and grandchildren, as well as help in church ministry in the churches that her husband pastored in Michigan and Illinois. She often made ministry calls with her husband and was a real partner in ministry.
One of the family's prized possessions is the Bible that Norma carried with her to church and in which she recorded the outlines of hundreds of her husband's sermons.
She is survived by her husband; children, Julie and her husband Matthew Mann of Mt. Carmel, Jill and her husband Shawn Cox of Greenville, and Jeffrey W. Sussenbach and his wife Michelle of Greenville; grandchildren, William, Wesley, Anna, Isaiah, Noah and Isaac Sussenbach, Jonathan, Anderson, Liam, Naomi and Julia Cox, and Maggie, Gracie, Silas and Titus Mann; siblings, Merlin C. Vought and his wife Janet of Rice Lake, Wis., twin sister Naomi E. Vought of Helia Healthcare of Greenville, James Vought and his wife Nancy of Barron, Wis. Lois Amdall of Chetek, Wis., and David Vought and his wife Christine of Green Bay, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Published in The Leader-Union on June 5, 2016