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ALWAYS WATCHING OVER ME.  / CARMEN GUZMAN (FRIEND)  Read >>
ALWAYS WATCHING OVER ME.  / CARMEN GUZMAN (FRIEND)

THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES AND MEMORIES I COULD TELL ABOUT SUE, AND I HAVE HAD MANY SIGNS FROM HER BUT ONE IN PARTICULAR HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF HER PASSING. I HAD RETURNED FROM AVENAL AND WAS AN EMOTIONAL WRECK. FILLED WITH SADNESS, CONFUSION, AND A DEEP EMPTINESS THE ONLY THING I WANTED TO DO WAS GO HOME AND BE ALONE. MY FAMILY STRONGLY OBJECTED TO IT BUT FINALLY GAVE INTO ME, AND LET ME DRIVE HOME. SITTING IN THE CAR I TURNED ON THE RADIO TO TRY AND OCCUPY MY MIND. IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT SUES FAVORITE SONG “ HOLLA BACK GIRL” BY GWEN STEFANI STARTED PLAYING. I FELT A WARM FEELING COME OVER ME, AND FELT AS IF SHE WAS RIDING WITH ME. WHEN THE SONG ENED I TURNED THE RADIO TO ANOTHER STATION AND THE SONG WAS PLAYING AGAIN. THIS HAPPENED FOUR TIMES. NEARING MY HOUSE I CAME TO AN INTERSECTION WHERE IF I TURNED LEFT IT LEAD TO MY HOUSE AND RIGHT LEAD TO OUR FRIEND KRISTINA’S HOUSE. I WAS IN NO MOOD TO SEE PEOPLE AT THIS TIME BUT SOMETHING MADE ME DRIVE BY HER HOUSE. WHEN I GOT THERE I NOTICED A LOT OF CARS THERE AND I STOPPED. KRISTINA CAME OUT AND TOLD ME THAT THEY ALL HAD GATHERED TO TALK ABOUT SUE AND REMEMBER HER. THE AMAZING PART WAS THAT SOME FRIENDS THAT WE HAD NOT SEEN IN A LONG TIME JUST DECIDED TO SHOW UP FOR NO REASON AT ALL. WE ALL SHARED OUR STORIES, AND MEMORIES OF SUE WITH EACH OTHER THAT NIGHT. EVEN THOUGH I WANTED TO BE ALONE THAT NIGHT SUE KNEW BETTER AND GUIDED ME THERE. SHE WAS AN ANGEL BEFORE SHE LEFT US AND I KNOW THAT HEAVEN IS A BETTER PLACE WITH SUE LOOKING DOWN AND WATCHING US FROM HER CLOUD. SHE WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I WAS SOMEONE SHE CALLED FRIEND. I LOVE YOU SUE………

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7/13/2005 / Misty Baker (Friend)  Read >>
7/13/2005 / Misty Baker (Friend)

Today, as I sat outside on my back porch, I was feeling lonely, overwhelmed by all that has been going on in my life. Wishing that there was someone to talk to, a butterfly flew by and I felt Suzanne's presence. I watched as it fluttered around my head, then landed on the table next to me. As odd as I felt, I said, "Hi Sue!" and smiled. It then flew away. Something told me to grab my camera and after I did, I sat. Within minutes the butterfly returned, fluttering around and not allowing me to do anything but sit there in awe. I then held my hand up to the sky and the butterfly landed on my hand. Not once or twice, but three times. I sat outside for 20 minutes watching this butterfly, feeling it on my skin and having a sudden feeling of peace. I have no doubt that Suzanne is our angel. Today, I needed a friend, and today, like always, she was there.

The pictures I took can be seen on the slideshow.

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Angel Whispers  / Misty Baker (Friend)  Read >>
Angel Whispers  / Misty Baker (Friend)
Last night I had a dream
When an angel I did see,
She took my hand in hers
And whispered "follow me".
I flew with her to Heaven
On wings of purest white,
We danced amidst the stars
That sparkled in the night.

On the pathway to the moon,
I looked down upon the earth
And suddenly remembered,
The moment of my birth.

The angel looked at me,
Her lips curved in a smile,
Knowing I'd recalled,
She'd walked with me each mile.

She was my special angel;
God's creation just for me,
To guide me in my life,
And through eternity

I didn't want to leave her,
As we stood in heavenly bliss,
But she whispered her goodbye
And departed with a kiss.

Awaking in the morning,
Warm sunshine stroked my face
Had I just dreamt of my angel,
Or was it real - that heavenly place?

I felt such peace within me,
It seemed so very clear,
Then I swear I heard her whisper,
"You know I'm always here".
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Butterflies & SuzSigns  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)  Read >>
Butterflies & SuzSigns  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)
I looked on the Internet for a website where I could order a decal for my car. One in memory of Suzanne. There were a lot of sites to choose from, why I chose the one I did must have been the Hand of God. I found memorial decals that could be customized, one with a butterfly. I had some questions about how the decals were made. So before I decided to order one, I emailed the people with my questions. I received a prompt reply. The girl answered all of my questions, then signed her name: Suzanne Thomas. I was stunned. I cried. I smiled. I decided that it was God's way of showing me to order that decal. A true SuzSign. Jesus and Suzanne working together to lift my spirits. To let me know I'm loved by both of them. Call them signs, call them blessings, call them acts of God. Whatever you call them, it's all about Love. Close
I Have a Place in Heaven  / Dianne Gow   Read >>
I Have a Place in Heaven  / Dianne Gow


Please don’t sing sad songs for me
Forget your grief and fears.
For I am in a perfect place
Away from pain and tears.
I’m far away from hunger, hurt and want and pride,
I have a place in Heaven, with Jesus at my side.
My life on earth was very good,
As Earthly lives can go.
But to walk with Jesus at my side,
A joy forever new.

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What a Wonderful Girl!  / Bob Semk (Uncle)  Read >>
What a Wonderful Girl!  / Bob Semk (Uncle)
I remember Suzanne coming home from the hospital.  She was so sweet and so loved.  She still is sweet and loved.
When I was struggling with addiction, Suz helped in every way she could.  Sometimes isn't wasn't good but I'm "free" now.  I was so happy to be able to spend Christmas with Suzanne and the family.  She had so much Christmas joy!
I'll miss her more than words can know.

"Uncle" Bob

God, take good take of our Suzanne.
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To my best friend Nancy and her family  / Kathy (Sullivan) Amort (Friend of her Mother )  Read >>
To my best friend Nancy and her family  / Kathy (Sullivan) Amort (Friend of her Mother )
I never had the pleasure of meeting this sweet angel you brought into the world, but every time I would see her picture or hear her beautiful voice on the telephone, I knew she was every bit as wonderful as her mother.  I am so sorry you are going through this, but I know she will always be with you and taking care of all of us from above.  Watch for the signs my dear friend, she will let you know she is still with you in every way.  I love you Nancy, Bill, Jeff and Bob; you will always be family to me and I will pray for you everyday.
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Suzanne's Prayer  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)  Read >>
Suzanne's Prayer  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)
On April 26th of this year, Suzanne began a journal entitled, "Sue's Prayer Book & Dreams".  I would like to share some of what she wrote in that book.

"Let me wake each morning with you being the first thing on my mind and the rest of the day as well. Bless me so that I can walk in your light and please you in all that I do.  I ask the same for Trinity, Jeff, Mom, & Brian.  As well as the rest of my friends and family."

"Heavenly Father, I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful daughter....Let her grow to be what you have planned for her."

"Thank you, Lord, for all that you do for us every day. I pray that our sins are forgiven and that we're able to forgive those that have sinned against us."

"I love you, Lord, and I thank you and praise you for all that you do for me and my loved ones.  Let your will be done in all of our lives.  Thank you, Jesus!"

My daughter loved Jesus and wanted to have faith stronger than anyone has ever had before.  She now has that...in Heaven, in His loving arms.

I am devastated, I miss her so much.  She was a blessing to me from the moment she was born. 

When I called her on the phone and she saw it was me on the caller ID, she'd answer, "Hi, Mommy!"  So, typically, Suz!

I love you, Suzy-Anne!
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Goodbye Suzanne - I love you too!  / Jeff Semk (Uncle)  Read >>
Goodbye Suzanne - I love you too!  / Jeff Semk (Uncle)
I wish we could have had a closer relationship, but the thousands of miles wouldn't allow it. I will always have fond memories of Suzanne, especially her childhood years when we were able to spend more time with her. As everyone knows, she was one of the most upbeat, loving, beautiful people I have ever known. We always ended our telephone conversations the same way: "I love you Uncle Jeff"---- "Goodbye Suzanne - I Love you too!"

Nancy and Trinity, we share in your grief. Close
friend / Selma Flynn (friend)  Read >>
friend / Selma Flynn (friend)
first, here is a hug for all the loved ones. i know the pain and the hurt you are having. she is in gods hands now. i lost my baby boy 6-4-05 so i do know how you are feeling. my son was shot 5 times over the girl he loved. please feel free to go to his website at www.bobbo.memory-of.com.
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To Nancy and Family  / Donna Hoffman   Read >>
To Nancy and Family  / Donna Hoffman
WE extend our sympathy, and we share your grief in the loss of Suzanne.
May every note of sympathy given by those of us who care, somehow have the power to ease the sorrow in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna ,Barb, Bruce, Mary Beth and Marie ( McCartney Family)
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A friend I will always remember and love.  / Lisa Ferrell (Friend)  Read >>
A friend I will always remember and love.  / Lisa Ferrell (Friend)

Suzanne was loved by so many people and touched so many lives. She always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face. Sue always made sure to tell someone how wonderful they were and how much she loved them before they would leave. Every time Sue would see me, she would tell me how long it had been since we had worked at our first job together and let me know that we had been friends for that long. My list about Sue could go on and on because she was just a wonderful person. Sue will always be loved and missed by all her family and friends. And every time we see a butterfly we will be reminded that Suzanne is right there with all of us.

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Message for Nancy  / Carol (. Susie ). Deihl (friend of Suzanne's mother )  Read >>
Message for Nancy  / Carol (. Susie ). Deihl (friend of Suzanne's mother )
Dear Nancy and family,
You might not remember me, I was the tomboy kid who lived on Eugene Ave. I can't imagine losing your little girl. It's not suppose to be that way. I have 3 daughters myself. Please except my heartfelt condolences.

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Suzanne - A strong and loving Spirit then and now  / Bill Semk (Godfather/Uncle)  Read >>
Suzanne - A strong and loving Spirit then and now  / Bill Semk (Godfather/Uncle)

Sue was the first child born to my sibling's generation. It was truly a miracle to experience this special child's arrival into our family. I was blessed to be asked to be her Godfather as well, so this little blonde angel was attached to my heart from before she was born.  It was love at first sight when I saw her in the hospital nursery and instant connection when I first gingerly held her.

Although my heart especially aches for the two most affected by her death, my sister and her Mom, Nancy, and of course Suzanne's own little angel, Trinity, I know what they mean that a parent should never lose a child; the loss is profound even for this uncle.

Suzanne gave her love and laughter easily and abundantly. I always got a father's day wish from her and a Christmas present from the heart, whether she drew me a picture when she was a child or the beautiful set of champagne glasses she gave to me last Christmas that I knew she probably couldn't afford.  The funny thing is I'm not a champagne fan, as she likely knows now, but I toasted to her life and wished her well when I poured some merlot into one of those glasses the second night after she passed.  I just might use those champagne glasses for everything now!

I've told many people over the years that two of the nicest people I've ever known are my very own sister and my one-and-only niece.  Suzanne's voice will live on in my memory in the resounding, heartfelt, and loving, "HI, Uncle Bill" I got each and every time.

I will surely miss her for the rest of my life but I fully expect Suzanne to be the first person in the light to greet me when I cross over, even before my Mom and Dad; and I'm positive about this too, she'll go first with their permission!

Sue, honey, as the Josh Groban song goes:

Who can say for certain
Maybe you're still here
I feel you all around me
Your memories so clear

Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile to know you're there
A breath away's not far
To where you are

"Love you - Mean it"!!!!  Uncle Bill

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Miss the ones we love the most  / James Ward (Friend)  Read >>
Miss the ones we love the most  / James Ward (Friend)

While I had only met Suzanne once, I will always remember her.  I met her at her wedding and kept up with the things in her life through Bill and Nancy.  She is now an Angel looking over all of us and will be missed.  God Bless Suzanne

Jim

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To A Friend I Will Cherish For a Lifetime  / Lisa Logan (Friend)  Read >>
To A Friend I Will Cherish For a Lifetime  / Lisa Logan (Friend)
It's taken me some time to think of something to write. Not that I couldn't think of anything, just that there are so many wonderful things about Sue that it's nearly impossible to narrow it down to just a few.

I met Suzanne probably about 7 years ago, through my best friend, Lisa. I had the privilege of being a co-worker and a friend of Sue's.  She had a heart of gold and she always made sure that her loved ones knew they were loved.  I'm sure I am not the only one to say that I will miss her smile and that laugh!  Nobody could not form a smile on their face when Sue would laugh.

We miss her more and more each day.  When it is my time to leave this Earth, I will look forward to seeing that smile again.  And I know that everytime I pick up my guitar and play a Sublime song.. Sue is right there singing along with me!

I love you!! And as she would always say... "Because, SUE ROCKS!" :)

-Lisa Logan





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My daughter, my best friend  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)  Read >>
My daughter, my best friend  / Nancy Stratmann (Mother)
Suzanne loved her friends so much.  It warms my heart to know how very much you all loved her.

Thank you, Misty, for this website. 

I miss her.  She was my joy. 
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Loving thoughts  / Delight Bird (Friend)  Read >>
Loving thoughts  / Delight Bird (Friend)

Suzanne's smile, her laugh, her spirit lit up a room.
She was a wonderful mother to her daughter, Trinity...watching them sing karaoke together was a beautiful site. Trinity will forever be blessed for the memories she will hold in her heart of the wonderful mother she had.
Suzanne was her mother Nancy's angel. She was a daughter that took time to spend with her mom...her mother knew from the bottom of her heart how much she was loved by her daughter.
Suzanne was a "cool" and "loving" friend. When my daughter, Misty came to visit from Germany Suzanne became an instant friend. Every time her and Misty talked I heard Misty say "I love you too, Sue"...that was what Suzanne was about...loving her daughter, her family and her friends...and oh the love she was given in return.
Our hearts are broken but we know that she is at peace with the Lord and that the day she entered heaven the angels sang because Suzanne was finally home.

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I miss you!  / Misty Baker (Friend)  Read >>
I miss you!  / Misty Baker (Friend)
I met Suzanne less than two years ago, yet, when we did meet, we were instantly connected. I have so many fond memories spent with her and can always look back on our times together and smile. She was a great friend, always there when I needed her. Always smiling and had a laugh that was contagious. Though this is a sad time, I know that she is looking down on us, smiling, and telling us that everything will be okay. When times get rough, I know that I can call on my angel. Her name is Suzanne. Close
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