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Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell, of Kalamazoo passed away on Thursday September 24, 2020 at the age of 81. Susanna was born on May 8, 1939 to parents Frank and Betty (Blair) Herlihy. Susanna was a wise woman, a fun-loving soul, and a force of nature. She was a horse-trader, a construction estimator, a greenhouse worker and a good friend to many in Comstock and beyond. She lived her whole life in a house her father built, and she was her strong self right up until she died at home by stage IV breast cancer. Susanna Campbell was preceded in death by her sister Joanna Herlihy and is survived by her brother Terence Herlihy (Kathy Salmon-Herlihy). She is survived by her five children: Michael J. Campbell (Lee Ann Johnson), Bonnie Jo Campbell (Christopher Magson), Thomas J Campbell, Sheila Campbell, George T. Campbell. Her grandchildren are: Kellee Campbell-Martin, Krystal Campbell, Kayla Campbell, Matt Campbell, Kennedy Campbell. Great-grandchildren include Kellee’s kids (Magnolia, Juniper, Phoenix), Krystal’s kids (Julianna, Lexi, Becca) and Kayla’s kids (Braydon, James, Jadrien, JaMiya). Susanna’s children would like to thank Southwest Michigan Hospice, especially the nurses Noelle and Kendra. We are grateful for the kind care provided by her nieces Mimi Lipson and Sonia Lipson, as well as her granddaughters Krystal and Kellee, and also family friend Chrissy Busby-Rosinski who provided much good cheer. In honor of Susanna and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Loaves & Fishes, 901 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 or online https://kzoolf.org/tribute-donations. Please take time to sign her guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with her family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269)679-5622.

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A candle was lit in memory of Susanna Campbell

Vicky conklin- fisher Jun 5 2021 9:06 PM

I dont think I ever met a stronger more kind woman then susanna campbell,her patience with life and her strength dealing with those issues and all the while still found a way of conquering every hardship that came at her or her family,me being young when I really knew her I didnt learn how special of a mother/father figure/councilor/role model until I started adulting! I really wish I had been more articulate at letting her know how much I've looked up at her percievance and ingenuity at dealing with all of life's issues,she taught me alot more than most the people in my life and am fortunate to have known her and her wonderful family! I will miss you but never forget you or how much you taught me! So sorry for your loss mike,bonnie,tom,sheila and George! May you all find peace and comfort in your time of sorrow!

Martin Hendrichsen Oct 1 2020 9:21 PM

As anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing Susanne can tell you, she had a myriad of talents and interests and the one interest I found we had in common was paw paw trees. She had a knack of germinating and growing these difficult plants and I will always think of her each time I water her babies she generously shared with me.

Melody Charlton Sep 30 2020 9:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susanna Campbell

Michele Rohr Sep 30 2020 4:08 PM

Susy and I were Summer-time pirates on the St. Jo River for what turns out to be the some of the BEST years of my life! She was full of ideas and followed thru on the plans she made, and she loaned me the book series of "Swallows and Amazons." We shared a jewel collection back and forth for years! She was one-of -a -kind, and I love and admired her always! Nancy Peterson Dees

Nancy Dees Sep 30 2020 2:10 PM

Sharing a couple of pictures that include so many more (Kellee and Nic and the children, and Christopher and Dave) on a summer day not long ago. Susanna taught me quite a lot and I have sensed and I will miss that tougher love. The warmth of the home where just one picture of it will open my ears to her voice, well I've lost my words here.

Gina Sep 29 2020 8:15 PM

I mostly knew Susie through my husband who was her friend and provided him a shoulder to lean on when he needed one. We spent many a night at her kitchen table relaxing and telling stories back and forth. She knew my grandfather and shared some of my childhood haunts. We once had a party where she provided the bull's liver that we all ate. She was the most unpretentious person i have ever known, extremely intelligent, well read and a friend to anyone in need. We are all better for having known her.

Joan Bowers Sep 29 2020 11:59 AM

I will remember her as a great first reader who gave great advice to writers. A wise woman whose goodness will be missed by many.

Joan Donaldson Sep 29 2020 11:10 AM

It is with great sadness that I heard of Susie passing. From the time I was ten until I was 16 or 17 she was like a sister I never had. She was the one that got me into the horse hobby. I have great memories of all the fun times we had at her house and I still remember hanging by my knees from the rafters over her dads chair and him looking up at me and saying Morgan I think its time for you to go home. We would ride our horses from Comstock to Kirklins farm to practice for our mounted drill team. I will always cherish the memories of her.

bob morgan Sep 27 2020 1:56 PM