Sanders Obituary 2023


Sanders, Susan Meyers 9/4/1946 – 3/7/2023 Plainwell, MI Susan Sanders passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2023 due to cardiac arrest. Sue was born September 4, 1946 in Teaneck, Bergen County, NJ to Glenn and Edythe (Yungfert) Meyers. Sue married Dr. James R. Sanders on June 15, 1968 in Glen Rock, NJ. Together they enjoyed nearly 55 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband Jim and daughter Jamie. She is preceded in death by her sister Sheila, her parents, and daughter Jennifer. Sue graduated from Glen Rock, NJ High School in 1964, Bucknell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968, Indiana University with a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1973, and from Western Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Computer Science. Sue was a very intelligent, energetic, and loving teacher, parent , spouse, and friend. She worked as a systems analyst in Denver and Boulder, CO and as a teacher /instructor at Plainwell Public Schools and Western Michigan University . She loved her family and she loved her animalshorses, dogs, cats, parakeets, and wild birds! Sue was an avid reader, an inspiring cook, and a passionate genealogist. In her retirement, she joined her husband Jim in exploring the far reaches of Europe and North and South America, fondly describing Easter Island as “the most remote place on earth”. Her relationship with her daughters was especially close as she was an avid supporter and coach of their numerous interests, which included a lot of time spent at soccer fields, horse shows, and cooking contests. Burial will be held privately at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in remembrance of Sue, be made to the SPCA of SW Michigan, Canine Companions for Independence, Best Friends Animal Society, or the American Genealogical Society. While at please take time to sign Susan’s guestbook and/or share a memory with her family. The Sanders family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881.

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Published by Kalamazoo Gazette from Mar. 9 to Mar. 12, 2023.
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Genealogical Society of Rockland County, New York
March 27, 2023

I think of Sue with the spirit she had as a fourth grader at Coleman School in the fifties. Condolences to her husband and daughters. Rest in peace Sue.

Paul Mainardi
March 11, 2023

Jim, my husband, Bob, and I are both sorry for your loss. Sue, Bob and I attended Jr. High and High School together, and in my case, even elementary school from the 3rd grade on. Everything in her biography is quite accurate. Sue was always smart, especially in math, and I’ll always remember her love of horses. It is terribly sad to lose another classmate, especially one who gave back so generously to her community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter at this time. You have our deepest sympathy.
Karen (Scolari) and Bob Drury.

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karen Drury
March 11, 2023

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Our families in Glen Rock were close. We lived on the same block and we graduated together.
I have fond memories playing with Sue, her horse collection and her cat Joe. My prayers go out to you.

Mary Cole Bruno
March 11, 2023

I’m so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. She lived just up the street from us on Delmar Avenue and was an early friend of mine. She loved playing with her corral of horses, creating trails and jumps and obstacles in the dirt. There was a lot of dirt to play in before Coleman Elementary was built and Pinelyn road continued through from the corner where I lived. There were a bunch of girls our age in just the dozen houses between us: Kathy and her sister Barbara Lane, Mary Ellen Cole, Jym and Lynn, and boys, too. I remember Susan’s father growing corn in the back yard. I don’t remember how successful it was, but I was suitably impressed. Susan and I had an easy connection at the last reunion. My sympathy and prayers to Jim and Jamie.

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Livy Glaubitz (Olivia Rispoli)
March 11, 2023

May her spirit be blessed and remain in God’s grace and loving compassion for ever and ever. Amen. Carole Mitchell Way

Carole Mitchell Way
March 11, 2023

I am so sorry for your sudden loss. I haven’t seen Sue since high school but your description of her as very intelligent, energetic, and loving held true even then. She was a great human being.

Kathy and her sister Barbara

Candy Hall
March 11, 2023

Jim: sorry for your family´s loss. She is also a loss to our society; a library of knowledge gone.
Ken Baker

Kenneth Baker
March 10, 2023

I am saddened to hear of Susan´s passing. I met her through Kalamazoo Valley Genealogy Society, where she enriched us all with her knowledge on multiple subjects. We all went away with something that helped us in our family research. We will never forget her for her generosity and friendship. Prayers for her family as they walk through their grief.