GALLAGHER Susan Stouffer 3/31/1959 - 2/6/2011 Susan Stouffer Gallagher, a well known and long time resident of Huron Township, Ohio and Catawba Island Township, passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital on Sunday February 6, 2011 after a courageous and gallant battle with multiple myeloma. Susan was born in New York City in 1959, the daughter of James and Mary Stouffer and the granddaughter of Stouffer Food Corporation founders Vernon and Gertrude Stouffer. She spent the majority of her youth in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Catawba Island in 1972, graduating from Port Clinton High School in 1977. A 1981 graduate of Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio with a Bachelors of Art degree in Education and was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Susan taught for two years at the Atwater School, Waterloo local school district, Portage County, Ohio. Upon moving to Catawba Island in 1984 Susan became involved with her family's business and utilized her skills in accounting and administration to help develop and nurture the Catawba Island Club and Marina established by her father over four decades ago. In particular, Susan's careful attention to detail and her never ending commitment to peoples' enjoyment was a keystone of her success. She was truly proud of her fellow Catawba Island Club teammates' hard work and dedication to service, and for all their accomplishments. Susan's kind smile and gracious ways were a wonderful example for all to emulate. Susan and her loving husband, Timothy S. Gallagher were married on February 17, 2001. Most memorable was the spectacular aroma of a springtime desert bloom along with the warmth and spirit of friends and family. Together they enjoyed boating, drives through the countryside, trips to Maine and in particular, beautiful Arizona desert sunsets. They shared a passion for cooking, gardening and all God's creatures big and small. Susan was a loving and devoted aunt to Mary, Marshall and Kathryn Drew, and James, David, Matthew, Nicholas and Lillian Stouffer. As a former educator she inspired learning, discipline and creativity. Likewise her spirit of giving was evident with her longtime loyal support for the local chapter of PEO. Susan is survived by her husband, Tim; brother, James (Heather) Stouffer Jr.; sister, Sarah (John) Stouffer Drew; father-in-law, Pat (Judy) Gallagher; mother-in-law, Jackie (Phil) Gutowski; brothers-in-law, Sean (Joanna) Gallagher and Denny (Sandy) Gallagher and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. At her request there will be no visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in the Catawba Island Township Cemetery. The family wishes to acknowledge the special compassionate care Susan received from the nurses, doctors and staff at the Firelands Community Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center. For those wishing to express special thoughts or condolences to the family, they would be honored to receive them in care of the Catawba Island Club or online with the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory at: www.walkerfuneralhomes.com In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions in memory of Susan be given to Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 West Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 8, 2011