Suzanne G. "Toots" Arens

SUZANNE G. ARENS (NEE TRULOVE) HOMER GLEN, IL Suzanne G. Arens "Toots", age 59 of Homer Glen, IL passed away February 19, 2013 at her home after a three year battle with breast cancer. Suzanne was a SIU graduate, Class of 1974; graduate Cum Laude Chicago Wine School . Suzanne courageously lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. During this time she tried many procedures to rid her of this insidious disease, some of those were having the fillings removed from her teeth, voluntering as a patient in the initial clinical study of Beta-Interferon at the University of Chicago and receiving a stem cell replacement at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Suzanne helped organize the MS Aquatics swim group at Palos Fitness Center in Orland Park, IL. She will forever be remembered by those who knew her for her audacious personality and intrepid attitude. Suzanne will be especially missed by her husband of 36 years, Tim, her biggest fan and soul mate. Suzanne worked as an account rep for George Bond Advertising, sales manager for Cadbury-Schweppes, pharmaceutical rep for Dermik Labs, and Clinical Research Associate for Sanofi-Aventis. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents: Kennon and Delores (Leistikow) Trulove; and father-in-law, Austin Arens. She is survived by her husband, Tim of Homer Glen, IL mother-in-law, Loretta (Hanusin) Arens of Lansing, IL; sisters: Jennifer (Dennis) Fonte of Monroe GA and Nancy (Ed) Gulasy of Lawrenceville, GA; sister-in-law, Susan (Jim) Jankus of Munster, IN; brother-in-law, Tony (Elana) Arens of Lansing, IL; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Private services to be held in Maui, Hawaii.

Published in The Times on Feb. 24, 2013