Age 68, died Friday, November 20, 2020. She was born August 19, 1952 in Adrian, Michigan, the daughter of Gerald & Shirley Jean (Thurman) Bower.  Susan graduated from Manchester High School in 1971. She ran an in-home daycare for over 25 years. When Susan and her husband, Jim, moved to Jackson, she worked for Lowes for over 10 years before she retired. Susan provided a safe, welcoming home for her girls' friends. She was an avid crocheter, and enjoyed bingo and bowling. Susan loved animals and always had cats in the house.

On January 27, 1973, she married James Alfred Kruse in Manchester, and he survives. She is also survived by her daughters, Julie Kruse of Jackson, Diana (Zach Teitler) Kruse of Boise, ID, Donna Wahr of Jackson; 4 grandchildren, Michael Wahr, Jason Wahr, James Teitler and Cordelia Teitler. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Mark, Stanley, and Ralph.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, November 24. Due to Covid restrictions, please call 475-1551 to schedule a time to greet the family. A celebration of life will be held in the Spring.

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#2 Carol Ross Howdyshel 2020-11-25 08:51
I was sorry to hear of Sue's passing, my condolences and Prayers to all of her family.

Sue & I lost touch many years ago while we were young but, these are memories I have always held close.
Many years ago, my family would go up north to Harrison to the Bower's cabin. Many times I would ride up there with Sue & family in their station wagon..Sue & I would play cards in the back of the station wagon on the way up, if we were in a good mood & being nice we would let little brother Ralph play too! There were many memories made there, a lot of fun was had by all! Sue & I spent a lot of time at the lake, making friends, swimming & there was dancing! She always loved the Lake there, we would have long girl talks on the walk to the lake. Many bon fires with family tales, joking, laughing playing games.
#1 Sandra Darr 2020-11-25 08:01
To Donna and your family,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I will pray for you at this difficult time. I know how you loved her and cared for her.

Sandra Darr

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