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“Although two years have passed since Suzy's untimely death, the wonderful memories of how caring she was towards my mother in the nursing home are...Read More »
1 of 77 | Posted by: Jeanette Miller - Acquaintance

“My prayers are with the family and loved ones. My daughter Holly was a classmate of Alex K-2. Mary Lou I will have you in my prayers. ”
2 of 77 | Posted by: Christine Ivy Gale - New Athens, IL

“My deepest condolences to all of Suzy's family. She was such a special person. She was the social services director at the nursing home where my...Read More »
3 of 77 | Posted by: Jeanette Miller

“My condolences. She was a beautiful person inside and out. A great loss to all that knew her & to the world. ❤ ”
4 of 77 | Posted by: Kymberly Miller - Davenport, IA

“Abby & Hannah... my heart bleeds... & my soul aches. .. I tear & hurt with just the thought. .. was more than amazing. ..beautiful in every way... ...Read More »
5 of 77 | Posted by: Brian Fox - Freeport, IL

“She was the best friend I ever had. ”
6 of 77 | Posted by: Lisa Haddox - Washington, MO

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers, may god help you get through this difficult time ”
7 of 77 | Posted by: Rosemary & Jerry Phillips - IL

“I'm so sorry for your loss.. Prayers and much love to the family ”
8 of 77 | Posted by: Tonya Combs - Dallas, TX - Friend

“I will always remember that Susie gave very good hugs and the one I will remember most was when she said we are family. I'm so happy to know this...Read More »
9 of 77 | Posted by: Marilyn Summers - Murphysboro

“preys to the family ”
10 of 77 | Posted by: Matt - freeport, IL - friend

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
11 of 77 | Posted by: Leslie(Crowe)Myers - Gifford, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 77 | Posted by: Deeny Siefken - co-worker

“On behalf of the Mulholland family..we would like to express how sorry we are to hear of this senseless loss. Such terrible pain for both families.....Read More »
13 of 77 | Posted by: Kelli (Mulholland) Pierce

“So very saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Suzy. The sweet memories of her will live with us forever. She warmed the hearts of those she met...Read More »
14 of 77 | Posted by: Deb and Don Tadlock family - IL

“My heart goes out to Mary Lu, Richard, Joey and especially Suzy's girls. I was so saddened to here about the passing of Suzy. I have so many fond...Read More »
15 of 77 | Posted by: Chris Asher (McDaniel) - Bernie, MO

“Sorry for your loss will be keeping the family in prayers ”
16 of 77 | Posted by: Beth Allen Jones - Benton, IL

“Our deepest condolences to both families. Much love & hugs to Mary Lou Johnson & Susan Hake. You are in my thoughts & prayers. ”
17 of 77 | Posted by: Brian & Lea (Martin) Kuriger & family - IL

“So sorry to hear the news, I will keep you all in my prays. Suzy always had such a sweet personality. Her smile was always very warm. She will be...Read More »
18 of 77 | Posted by: A friend

“I grew up with Suzy. She was full of life and had the prettiest eyes! My thoughts and prayers are with the families. May God comfort you in this...Read More »
19 of 77 | Posted by: Renee (Tadlock) Whitener - MO

“Mary Lou, Joey and all family, We are so sorry for your loss. God be with you and yours in your lives. You are in our prayers...Steve ”
20 of 77 | Posted by: Steve and Brenda Larson

“So sorry for your loss you have my deepest sympathy ”
21 of 77 | Posted by: Brenda Killen (Ward-Cathcart) - IL

“Suzy was a Beautiful Person.It is a shame she is gone..My thoughts are of Suzy and her family...I am so saddened for the Loss.. May Love and Peace be...Read More »
22 of 77 | Posted by: James Hermanns ( Hemp ) - IL

“My heart goes out to you all at this tragic time. Suzy was someone to look up to, inspired everyone she met with her love for life. She loved to...Read More »
23 of 77 | Posted by: Amanda - Rockford, IL, IL

“Words can not express the sorrow I feel from the lose of a great person like Suzy, she was a very caring and compassionate person. My prayers go out...Read More »
24 of 77 | Posted by: Kathy Bowman - Sterling, IL

“I have very fond memories of Suzy..It's a shame to lose someone like her at such an early age.My heart goes out to all family members at their time...Read More »
25 of 77 | Posted by: Laura Kane - O'fallon, IL

“Mary Lou, Joey, Moe and families - I simply cannot express the feelings that I have for your loss. Prayers for all of the families. If mom were...Read More »
26 of 77 | Posted by: Connie Calvert Cominsky - MO

“Suzy was an amazing woman, and will be and is already greatly missed. Suzy always had a smile on her face, and a happy word or comforting thought for...Read More »
27 of 77 | Posted by: Kim Gaffey - Sterling, IL

“Our deepest sympathy to all of Suzy's family and friends. May God hold you in His Loving Arms today, tomorrow and the days to follow. We will hold...Read More »
28 of 77 | Posted by: Sherri and Ken Wildt - FL

“I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Suzy. I hope that your daughter's and your family will find peace. ”
29 of 77 | Posted by: Kim Wagner (Neal) - Okawville, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of this tragic passing of Suzy. My prayers are with the family. May God surround you with his love and peace. ”
30 of 77 | Posted by: Darla Lenglet - Friend of family

“My heartfelt condolence to all of Suzy's family. Suzy is such a sweet and compassionate person. She had a great gift of caring for everyone she met....Read More »
31 of 77 | Posted by: Bonnie Boland - Freeport, IL

“Sending prayer and love to the family....I didn't know them personally but il be thinking of them during this time may God comfort their hearts and...Read More »
32 of 77 | Posted by: Mike and Heather reed - Lanark, IL

“Words cannot express how sorry I am for Suzy's family! She is safe in the arms of Jesus and looking over her daughters, her Mom, brother and others!...Read More »
33 of 77 | Posted by: Pamela Sinn Hargan - Springfield, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family today and always. May her daughter's condo,he to live on in their beautiful mothers vibrant,vivacious,...Read More »
34 of 77 | Posted by: Cathy(Roach)Light - Marissa, IL

“Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Suzy. She was taken from everyone way too soon, but shw will always be...Read More »
35 of 77 | Posted by: Winnie Earl - Ogden, UT

“My deepest sympathy to everyone. May you all find some peace, knowing she is in Heaven watching over you. She was a beautiful person inside & out ”
36 of 77 | Posted by: Dana Pizzolato - Freeport, IL

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
37 of 77 | Posted by: Edwina "Winnie" Hearell Earl - UT

“Hannah and Abby, I'm so sorry for your loss. I really liked your mom. Please know that I am praying for you both. ”
38 of 77 | Posted by: Mrs. Dorene Werntz - Nampa, ID

“We are so sorry to here about your mom she was a wonderful lady. ”
39 of 77 | Posted by: Steve and Tawney Beck - Freeport, IL

“Suzy. You will always be beautiful light. I always admired you. You held yourself so well in all areas of life. I remember when you were pregnant...Read More »
40 of 77 | Posted by: Kendra Ballesteros - Godfrey, IL

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers to your family. When you girls were little your Mom and Dad worked on our Barn at Seward IL. We had fun times. ”
41 of 77 | Posted by: Roy and Ruth Rummel - Winnebago, IL

“Suzy was a vivacious, wonderful woman and mother. I can't even begin express how sorry we are for what has happened. ”
42 of 77 | Posted by: Hilary Hake and family - IL

“Suzy is such a sweet and compassionate person. She had the gift of listening and caring. She made it easy to talk to her about things that are not...Read More »
43 of 77 | Posted by: Eris Lightner - Dixon, IL

“We are so sorry for your loss. Suzy was a special lady. We met her through Tri-County Christian school where our daughter Lilly was a classmate with...Read More »
44 of 77 | Posted by: Scott and Lorraine Blumer - WI

“She brought sunshine into the room every time she visited my mom. Was a great encouragement to my sister and I through the hospice time with my mom....Read More »
45 of 77 | Posted by: Eric Mason - Wheaton, IL - Friend

“Our deepest condolences. May God bless her soul and beautiful spirit. ”
46 of 77 | Posted by: Roger and Nicole Sdao - Freeport, IL

“There are no words that can express how sorry I am to hear about Suzy's death. May you find comfort in her memories and knowing that an angel is...Read More »
47 of 77 | Posted by: Dawn wilfon - Marissa, IL

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss of such a beautiful young lady. ”
48 of 77 | Posted by: Kim & Lennie Sinn family - IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
49 of 77 | Posted by: Cris and Lyssa Floming - Lanark, IL

“So sorry for the senseless loss of Suzy. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that heaven is home and she is rejoicing with the saints who have...Read More »
50 of 77 | Posted by: Mike Lischer - Clearwater, FL

“Sorry for your loss ”
51 of 77 | Posted by: Dawn Fitzgerald - Polo, IL - none

“I am so sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul. I had a great respect for Suzy & she helped me out in a time of great need in my life. I'm sure she...Read More »
52 of 77 | Posted by: Jacinda - Freeport, IL

“Our deepest sympathies to your families. Suzy was so vibrant and had such a sunny personality, that she brightened your day just by being a part of...Read More »
53 of 77 | Posted by: Kristina Wise and Ashley Babler - FL

“I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know Suzi well, but of what I did know, she was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
54 of 77 | Posted by: Wendy Kindberg - Lanark, IL

“Our thoughts prayers and love are with you ”
55 of 77 | Posted by: Diane and Jeff Hoak - Lanark, IL

“I met Suzy only twice and she was a very pleasant and fun person. MaryLu is like a sister to me and my heart breaks for all. God Bless. ”
56 of 77 | Posted by: Dennis Brasel - Muskogee, OK

“My heartfelt condolences to all Suzy's family. She was a kind, beautiful, loving person. I remember when her girls were little she had them at...Read More »
57 of 77 | Posted by: Mary Luecke - Freeport, IL

“My deepest sympathy to her family and espically her children. Your Mother was a special woman whom I loved like a sister. I hope to see her again...Read More »
58 of 77 | Posted by: Susan Pitts ( McCloskey) - IL

“I spent many days and nights with Suzy growing up in Marissa. I have nothing but fond memories. Playing softball, riding bikes, going to the park...Read More »
59 of 77 | Posted by: Kim (Perry) Parker - Spring, TX

“Coming from a small town has its good parts and bad. But mostly the good because you get to know the people you grow up with. Suzy you had a smile...Read More »
60 of 77 | Posted by: Natalie Guebert - Evansville, IL

“She was such a warm friendly vibrant person and so loving. I will never forget her smile. My sincere condolences to the family and may she rest in...Read More »
61 of 77 | Posted by: Janet Verbal - Murphysboro, IL

“Suzy was an employee of mine years ago and we also quickly became friends. She was so upbeat and cheery every day. That smile was amazing and we...Read More »
62 of 77 | Posted by: Bev Scheider - Freeport, IL

“Our loving sympathy and empathy to Suzy's family and close friends. This is truly hard to fathom. My mind will not shut down. My arms are around each...Read More »
63 of 77 | Posted by: Sara Shenefelt - polo, IL

“Suzy was younger than I was but living in a small town everyone knows everyone and this small child had a burst of energy like no other.... I knew...Read More »
64 of 77 | Posted by: Michelle Edmonds - Troy, MO

“I did not know Suzy but know her kind of relationship. I am praying for her children to find some comfort in memories. God Bless! ”
65 of 77 | Posted by: Colleen Mills - Freeport, IL

“My heart breaks for your family .. Mary Lou , it's so hard to lose a child.. I will be praying for you and your family. I have many good memories of...Read More »
66 of 77 | Posted by: Joni Hall - St Libory, IL

“God bless her soul and I hope she is at peace. I pray her girls are blessed with the strength to continue and with her memory. I wish I was in town...Read More »
67 of 77 | Posted by: Terry Gamblin - Freeburg, IL

“My deepest sympathy to Suzys girls and family. Her smile will be forever be engraved in my memory. I will cherish the memories I have of her and her...Read More »
68 of 77 | Posted by: Amie Schelling - Leaf River, IL

“God bless those she loved most. I will pray for her. Eternal rest grant unto her, O LORD, and may Perpetual Light shine upon her.RIP. May God grant...Read More »
69 of 77 | Posted by: Cathy Flowers - Annandale, VA

“There are no words that can be said that will console losing a loved one, especially a parent losing a child, or a child losing their Mother. I will...Read More »
70 of 77 | Posted by: Joan Voges - Marissa, IL - Friend

“Wayne and I send our deepest sorrows.. May you all find peace in the memory and love she had for her family.. Prayers always... God bless all ”
71 of 77 | Posted by: Wayne and Renee Wilson - Marissa, IL

“Suzy was a force of nature with a smile and a personality bigger than life itself. I had the privilege of growing up next door to her. As a girl she...Read More »
72 of 77 | Posted by: Jeff Babcock - Belleville, IL

“So sorry to hear this sad sad news. Both families are in our prayers. ”
73 of 77 | Posted by: Bev and Stan Lewis - Marissa, IL

“You will be sadly missed Suzy was a childhood friend of mine and we spent many days together . My thoughts and prayers go out to her family . ”
74 of 77 | Posted by: Dee Ann Leonard Wiborg - godley, IL

“Our deepest sympathies to Suzy's loved ones... ”
75 of 77 | Posted by: Steve and MaryAnn Dorf - Marissa, IL

“Our deepest sympathies to Suzy loved ones... ”
76 of 77 | Posted by: Steve and MaryAnn Dorf - Marissa, IL

“All of you have my deepest sympathy. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and healing during this difficult time. ”
77 of 77 | Posted by: Paula Meyer

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Suzy, nee Ruester, Hake, 46, of Freeport, IL; was born on July 13, 1969 in Canton, IL; passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Lanark, IL.

Suzy was a hospice social worker. She loved her job and greatly enjoyed comforting and helping the elderly. She was a member of Park Hills Evangelical Church in Freeport, IL. Suzy loved to read and travel. She was an avid believer in natural medicine and homeopathic remedies. Most of all Suzy loved her daughters and her entire family.

She is survived by her three daughters – Alix (Nate) Birkner of Dayton, TN; Hannah Hake of Freeport, IL; Abbi Hake of Freeport, IL; Her mother and step-father – Mary Lu (Richard) Johnson of Marissa, IL. Her father – Michael Ruester of Belleville, IL. One brother – Joey (Suzy) Ruester of Marissa, IL. Mother-in-law – Susan Hake of Signal Mountain, TN. Also survived by aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gaffey Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Services: Memorial services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Mark Balmer officiating.

Additional Services: A second memorial service will be held at Park Hills Evangelical Church in Freeport, IL on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.