Susan K. Gordy
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SUSAN K. GORDY (EPSTEIN), 65, of Chicago and Aspen, died June 19, 2020 in an automobile accident near Aspen, Colorado after a morning hike with women friends on a beautiful Rocky Mountain day. Susan is survived by her devastated husband of 39 years, David A. Epstein. A 1981 graduate of Kent Law School, Susan had a long career in the banking industry. She began her career at First National Bank of Chicago, initially as a First Scholar and ultimately as an executive vice president. She later worked at her own consultancy, SKG and Associates, and then for LaSalle Bank and its parent ABN-AMRO (Netherlands). In recent years, she was a managing director at The Chicago Corporation, was a consultant to the Bank of Chatsworth (Illinois) and other businesses, and served on the Board of Directors of the Johnson Financial Group (Wisconsin). Susan divided her time between Chicago and her and David's home in Aspen, a place she loved dearly. Born in Canajoharie, New York, Susan grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. She attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona. Susan met her husband David, also a lawyer, when she was a lobbyist intern in Springfield in the late '70s. At that time David was the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives. Susan worked on the 2004 campaign of Barack Obama as the co-head of the campaign's Women's Groups. She declined to join the Obama administration, choosing instead to remain in Chicago and Aspen with David, from whom she was rarely separated for more than a few days. An avid and excellent skier, as well as a lifelong tennis player, Susan was an active supporter of art, music, charitable, and women's organizations, as well as the Jesse White Tumblers. In winter, she regularly donated clothes and food to Chicago homeless men and women. A vibrant, warm and generous person who exuded positivity, Susan was a mentor to many young professionals, as well as to several god-children and nieces and nephews, especially nephew Grant Gordy now of Brooklyn. Also surviving Susan are her sister Jane West of O'Fallon, Missouri., and brothers Richard Gordy, of Ft. Collins, Colorado and Thomas Gordy, of Chicago. Interment is at Westlawn Cemetery on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. The short interment service will be private but will be live streamed on Facebook. Go to the Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home Facebook page to view the service. A toast to Susan's life and spirit and ever-present smile will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday June 29th in Lincoln Park outdoors (subject to rain) at the Bacino's Grille at the Diversey Ave. golf driving range. (Limited to 50 masked persons at a time.)



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Published in Chicago Tribune from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 4, 2020
So deeply saddened and sorry to hear about Suzy. She was always thoughtful and kind, and we will truly miss seeing her on Aspen mountain! Our sincerest condolences to David and family. Sending our love, Goog and John Fahey
Goog and John Fahey
Friend
July 1, 2020
Dear David,
Tom and I were completely undone to hear the very sad news about our darling Susan. She was such a vibrant, engaged, lively personality with all the warmth and wit anyone could wish for. She was a joy to be around and made every gathering festive and celebratory. She seldom spoke about herself, always inquiring about others and a natural cheerleader for all of us.
We miss her. We know she will be missed by many. She was a life force and a lovely person.

We hope to see you in better times. Be well and know we are sending our love,
Linda and Tom Heagy
linda heagy
Friend
July 1, 2020
While it has been only a short time I have known Susan, her warmth and welcoming personality shined brightly. Susan was quite an accomplished and intelligent woman and adviser to many. I am thankful to have met her. Please accept my condolences.
Camille Segreti
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. I was a HS classmate of Richard at Wheaton North High School. I think Susan was a sophomore, our Senior year, and was involved in many HS activities. Even though I was just a casual friend, some people you appreciate, for the quality they represent. I will always remember her contribution to our school! It does not surprise me that she was extremely successful in her endeavors! The family has to be proud of all she accomplished! Condolences Richard, my thoughts are with you and the entire family.
Randy Pfund
Classmate
June 29, 2020
A Poem About My Friend Susan:
"In August of Nineteen and seventy-two,
Our first college day at SMU,
Joyously running my way--orange top, blonde waves, & blue eyes too,
Was my new "roomie", and soon to be best friend Sue.
Growing together as coeds, professionals, and wives,
Each marrying the loves of our lives.
As a respected jurist she would fight the good fight,
Often lobbying the cause for what's right.
Over our 48 year friendship adventure,
We remained close no matter where we ventured.
24 years from first meeting she stood up in my wedding,
Yet 24 years later deepest tears I am now shedding!
Now stories shared between us will remain,
That kept us empowered, appreciative, and sane.
And although our future chats and visits are gone,
Loving memories of Susan I will cherish my life long!"

Thank you Susan for remaining my friend always. Now in your memory, 20 Trees are being planted in a beautiful national park to live on earth for you ...20 to represent the 20th day of July that you were born (in which I was born the 20th day of October just three months later--so you were suppose to "always be older than me!"). But now you leave us all in this tough 2020 year. For the many people you so touched and gave of your time, heart, wisdom, and your joy--me, your devoted husband David, family and oh so many friends, thank you! I love you and will always miss you so much! You so deeply touched so many lives. Rest now my dearest friend. I will forever be blessed for having you in my life for almost 5 decades. It's just "so long for awhile"-- (as my grandma Ginny used to say)-- as I and all who love you will see you again one day. Godspeed! You are now together with your sweet parents and other loved ones. (SayHi to my family in heaven and our friend Jan-- and maybe send a cardinal my way on occasion so I know you are good okay?)
Love so much, your friend forever and beyond, Sherry
[Sherry Lynn Blakey, Ph.D., MS.L.]
Sherry Lynn Blakey, Ph.D., MS.L.
Friend
June 29, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Marlene Ellis
Coworker
June 29, 2020
Susan made the world lighter. She was a force of nature and she will be missed by those who knew her every day. She made everyone feel welcome, she listened, she engaged. She was so very much in the world. Our heart aches for your loss.
Sharon Rosenthal
Friend
June 29, 2020
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Tom Fellman
June 29, 2020
Dear David, It has been many years since I met Susan. She was a bright young lady with many outstanding events in her future. I know it is a hard time for you and my thoughts and prayers with you. The world will miss this bright and shining light.
Mary F Wagoner
Friend
June 29, 2020
David, I am so sorry to read about your loss. I can remember Susan from our younger days and she was just a darling vibrant young lady. My sympathy to you and your family. Bless you.
Barbara Mason
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June 29, 2020
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Anne Mosley
June 29, 2020
Susan has been the best mentor and incredible friend. I never had a conversation with her that didn't end with me feeling more educated and motivated. I will forever be honored that she truly cared for community banking and Citizens Bank of Chatsworth.
Thank you Susan, rest in peace, my dear friend
Anne Mosley
Friend
June 28, 2020
We were devastated to hear about the tragic loss of your wonderful wife. She was a ray of sunshine whenever we ran into her. May your joyous memories of your lives together bring you peace. Sending you our deepest condolences. love, Mary and Keith
Mary and Keith Hatanaka
Friend
June 28, 2020
Suzy, we are going to miss your indomitable spirit and your willingness to truly live and participate in this crazy world. Our little 'hood in the mountains will keep your light shining and your David well cared for. Godspeed
Kim Coates
Friend
June 28, 2020
Susan was a WNHS classmate of my brother Brad. I knew her briefly and remember her fondly. So sad now.
Roger Heaton
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
The world has sadly lost a shining light of hope and caring. David, we are holding you close in our hearts and thinking of you at this sad time. We know her memory will forever be a blessing. Sending love
Joan and Rob Dugger
Friend
June 28, 2020
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Deborah Tomlinson
June 28, 2020
Susan was such a wonderful woman - funny, smart and caring. I feel so lucky to have had her as my next-door neighbor. Her death is a great loss to us all.
Shazia Miller
Neighbor
June 28, 2020
David I am sorry for your loss.
My oldest memory of Susan Gordy was right outside Madigan's office in Springfield when she was a vibrant, confident intern. She lit up rooms back then.
About a decade later I remember her explaining how she was better off being a consultant than being on First Chicago's payroll. I was taken aback by her confidence.
My last memory of Susan Gordy was her zipping ahead of me on Aspen Mountain. She was a great skier.
Raymond Coyne
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
Susan was a wonderful woman, an outstanding colleague and a cherished friend. I will miss her so much. My deep condolences go out to David. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tom Denison
Coworker
June 27, 2020
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Sherry Blakey
June 27, 2020
I am saddened by this news. She was such a lovely person. So positive, encouraging, smart, and vivacious. I remember many conversations we had at Roosevelt University. To her partner David, I send my heartfelt condolences.
John Geary
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
May angels lead you to paradise lovely Susan. David, I am so sorry, I know you are devastated, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michele Rocawich
Friend
June 27, 2020
A shining light of hope and caring has gone out. RIP to a lovely woman. Were holding you in our hearts, David. Much love.
Joan and Rob
Friend
June 27, 2020
David, I just read this and I can't tell you how sorry I am. May God be with you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I'll tell my girls, Jessica Parman, Portland, OR and Nancy Parman, London, England.
Jane Staley
Friend
June 26, 2020
Susan was a loving person, Charming Personality, loving wife and mentor to many. great Loss for David and Friends.Condolences to David and Gordy Family.
SUNNY GABHAWALA
Friend
June 26, 2020
I didn't know Susan a long time, but she was so vibrant and engaging it seemed to be a much longer acquaintance. I look forward to meeting her again one day.
Elizabeth Hayduk
Coworker
June 26, 2020
I didn't know Susan a long time, but she was so vibrant and engaging it seemed to be a much longer acquaintance. I look forward to meeting her again one day.
Elizabeth Hayduk
Coworker
June 26, 2020
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June 26, 2020
I met Susan Gordy when we both worked at The First National Bank of Chicago. She was the first woman lobbyist of a major financial institution in the midwest. I pitched a story about her to Laurie Cohen who at the time was the banking reporter at the Chicago Tribune which resulted into a full front page Business Section story with an enormous picture of Susan. Cong. Rostenkowski had the story put in the Congressional Record. It was great to see Susan's work recognized on a national level. Over the years I have enjoyed such a friendship with David and Susan and like all am devastated at our loss. She was funny, witty, caring, so super smart, curious, loving and a great friend. Hard to believe it has been 34 years since we met...she led a great life! So, glad to have shared a bit of it with the two of them. Sending much love....
Laurie Glenn
Friend
June 26, 2020
I just lost my beautiful cousin, Susan in an auto accident! To my dear cousin, David, her devoted and devastated husband, I send my deepest empathy and sorrow at your tragic loss. From the moment I met Suzie, I knew she was a spectacular human being! R.I.P., dear Susan! xoxo
Gail Silver Coviello
Family
June 26, 2020
Susan was a wonderful colleague and friend. She made the world a better place.
Cory Strupp
Friend
June 26, 2020
David: we are shocked to learn of Susan's tragic passing. We offer our most sincere condolences to you. May her memory always be a blessing.
Rick and Bonnie Golding
Richard N Golding
Friend
June 26, 2020
A sweet soul gone too soon, My thoughts and prayers to her husband.
Holly Tribley
Friend
June 26, 2020
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June 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to you David. I went to law school with Susan and was friendly with her. I would see her from time to time at various functions. She was so sweet and friendly. May God console you and your family.
Marty Blumenthal
Classmate
June 26, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lexington
June 26, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Leslie
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