SILLEM, Susan On February 26th, 2013 our beloved Susan Sillem passed away after a short battle with cancer. Sue was born January 11th, 1942 in Jackson, Michigan and from an early age found comfort in the company of dogs and horses. She studied for a PhD in American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Being pro-civil rights and war resistors, Suzie and her first husband Bob Berger left the United States on their honeymoon in 1968 and for several weeks made a home amongst the driftwood on Long Beach. When winter set in they moved to Vancouver and in 1971 Suzie gave birth to her son Dan. After separating from her first husband, Sue met and fell in love with Alfred Sillem and his two sons Nik and Kris. Sue and Alfred married in 1979 and made Victoria home. Sue had an incredible impact on many lives. When her children went through their teens she was there with loving patience, guidance and wisdom. Nurturing and listening to not only her own children, but to all the neighbourhood kids who Sue opened her home and heart to, this brought out the best in Suzie and deeply enriched her life. Sue is survived by her loving husband, Alfred the Flower Man; her children, Daniel Berger (Melissa Young), Nik Sillem (Agnes Sillem), Kris Sillem (Mackenzie Sillem), Janet Aitchison Gomez (Armando Gomez); her grandchildren Marton, Lukas, Sarita, and Mowat; and her granddog, Koda. Suzy is predeceased by her parents Leonard and Mary Crandall and her brother John Crandall. Thank you to all of her friends and "kids" who came and supported and loved Sue and her family during her last days. In particular, the family would like to thank Cathy Boies Parker for her incredible support to the family and her dedication to her friend Suzy; and all of the nurses and volunteers at Victoria Hospice. Sue will be missed so very much, forever and ever.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Mar. 23, 2013