Life Story / Obituary
Through the life she lived each day, Sue Runstrom touched the lives of everyone she met in such a special way. Deeply loved, she will never be forgotten.
The 1950s were an exciting time in American history when I Love Lucy became part of our living rooms and Elvis Presley took the music world by storm. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1955 when Sue Nannette was born on August 8, 1955, in Indiana. She was later adopted by her parents, Robert and Barbara Chezem. Sue experienced a typical childhood and moved around with her family quite a bit. She developed a special place in her heart for animals and was involved with the local 4-H.
As a young woman Sue was married, and although her marriage later ended in divorce she was always so grateful for her two children, George and Justin. To support herself and her children, Sue worked as an insurance broker for 15 years. Everything she made in the kitchen was fantastic, and her family particularly enjoyed her holiday meals and her baked beans. Sue was an amazing baker, too. She loved nothing more than becoming a grandmother later in life, and she loved visiting with Ian and Even as often as she could. Sue also had two dogs, Tiki and Cooper, who were treasured companions.
Always one to be busy, Sue was a woman of many interests. She was a woman of faith who attended South United Methodist Church for Sunday services. With a love for animals, Sue volunteered at Wishbone Pet Rescue. Around home Sue loved reading novels and also loved classic movies such as Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.
Health became a struggle for Sue later in life. Awhile ago she was diagnosed with cancer, and she underwent treatment that seemed to cure it. Then in September of 2014, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Sue underwent treatment, but she never had much success. Over time her health gradually diminished.
With unending love for her family, Sue Runstrom lived a life of purpose. She was never one to worry about the little things, rather, her unwavering faith and resilient spirit uplifted her when the storms of life came her way. Sue will be forever missed.
Sue N. Runstrom, aged 60 of Wyoming, MI, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 3, 2016 with her family at her side. She is survived by her children, George and Ling Chezem, Justin and Adrienne Postma; her grandchildren, Ian and Evan Chezem; her brother, Dan and Michelle Trowbridge; her best friend, Gay Mockerman; many nieces, nephews and friends. Sue was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. She worked as an Insurance broker and volunteered at Wishbone Pet Rescue. Cremation has taken place. A service to celebrate Sue’s life will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 AM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. Visitation will be held at the chapel on Saturday from 10:00 am until the service begins. Contributions in her memory may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance. To leave your own memory of Sue, to sign her guest book and to leave your own memory of her, visit her web page at www.lifestorynet.com