Date of Death:  September 19, 2022

Service Details

Cremation has taken place. Susie’s life will be celebrated privately by her family.

Obituary Notice

With profound sadness I announce the passing of Sylvia Suzanne Wood, 81, of Three Rivers, MI, on September 19, 2022 at Beacon Health – Three Rivers, MI. She suffered a myocardial Infarction unexpectedly. Susie passed holding her daughter’s hand.

Susie was born October 27, 1940 in Wapakoneta, OH, the daughter of Frederick M. Slusher and Constance A. (Courtney) Slusher.

Susie graduated from St. Joseph High School with the class of 1958 and earned her bachelor of arts at Ohio State University.

She enjoyed her work as a medical staff coordinator for Three Rivers Area Hospital. Prior to working in the medical field she worked at Weiner, Wade & Tucker, attorneys at law. Susie’s favorite job was working for General Mark Clark at the Citadel, Charleston, S.C. She was considered invaluable everywhere she was employed.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Wood, of Three Rivers, MI; sisters, Becky Metzger of Wapakoneta, OH. and Mary Courtney of Columbus, OH.; brother, John Slusher of Port Charlotte, Fla.; many nieces and nephews.

Susie was intelligent, independent, fearless, brave, outgoing, beautiful, and had a great sense of humor. She had compassion for those less fortunate and loved animals, working her entire lifetime as their advocate. She loved cleaning and kept an immaculate house, was highly skilled with crochet hooks, playing the piano and was a member of a champion bowling team. Susie loved writing about current events and politics.

Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her daughter strong values that have served her well. Susie will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Additional Information

Donations in Susie’s memory may be directed to the Humane Society. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of her arrangements.

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  1. Oh Melissa……so very sorry for the loss of your mom. What a great gal, a spit fire, and always your biggest cheerleader! So many memories of times at your house, trips to the kaw office and even a way back to High Wheeler Ice Cream for your birthday many moons ago. Thinking of you and the family through this difficult time.

    • Thank you so much Sandy! You are right, she was such a spit fire and my biggest cheerleader. There is such a giant empty space now without her here. My mom loved being a mom, and that is why she was the best mom ever to me! Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much.

  2. Sorry to hear of the passing of Sue.
    I had the honor of working with her at Three Rivers Area Hospital. She was an amazing lady. I admired her very much.
    My daughter and I moved into an apartment at Waterfront. Here came Sue with a dark gray baby kitten. She had rescued it from out back. Sue said it was a house warming gift for my daughter. LOL.
    Sue was always rescuing kittens and rehoming them. She had such a big heart.
    She will be missed.

    • Thank you. It means a great deal at such a difficult time. My Mom told me so many stories about the fun times she and my dad had with you guys! She adored you and spoke often of your friendship.

    • Thank you for the lovely thoughts. It is a very difficult time. My mom (and I) often told the story of her arriving to pick me up at your mom’s house in her pink robe, curlers, and fuzzy slippers! She definitely made her point that I missed curfew, lol. She was so full of life, I am still getting used to the silence.

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