Susan Marie Anderson, 63, of Westmont, Illinois passed away peacefully on July 25th.
The visitation will occur on August 2nd from 3 to 8pm at Toon Funeral Home in Westmont, IL. The funeral will be held on August 3rd at 9:30am at Holy Trinity Church in Westmont, IL, followed by a luncheon to celebrate Sue's life. In lieu of wearing black, please wear purple or Northwestern University (NU) gear in honor of Sue's favorite color and her love of NU.
Sue was born on June 23, 1959 in Murray, UT, the daughter of Blaine and Dolores (Dolly). Throughout her childhood, she excelled in school and developed a love for reading and a strong sense of self. She was very close with her sister, Barbara. After she graduated from Galt High School, she was proud to be the first member of her family to attend college and moved from California to attend NU in Evanston, IL. There, she became life-long best friends with her roommate, Sheryl, was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority and fell in love with Steven Ambrose. After graduating from NU, Steve and Sue married, and they had 3 children together: Jordan, Corbett and Kelsey. While raising three children, Sue taught students of all ages, received her Doctor of Education in Reading and Language Arts, helped start a still-thriving bunko group, volunteered in numerous leadership roles, played a pivotal role in the annual Illinois Young Authors Conference, and served as a reading specialist and a 3rd grade teacher for District 58 in Downers Grove, IL for the last 20 years. She was a loving grandma to Fletcher and Keaton Spillane. Fletcher loved having Grandma read to him and swimming in Grandma's pool.
Sue truly lived life. She took many trips with family and friends, including the annual Memorial Day Weekend trip to Michigan with the Ostrowski family, was a great cook and baker, inspired countless individuals with her passion for education and volunteering, enjoyed social events and hosting parties, loved Christmas and giving gifts, and could often be found sitting on the couch with either a good book or a fun Hallmark or Lifetime movie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, niece and nephew Heidi and Chance Weaver, and honorary family members Bob and Jeff Loyd. She is survived by Steve Ambrose of Westmont, IL; mother-in-law Joan Schuit (Bob) of Oak Brook, IL; siblings Barbara Weaver (Virgil) of Red Bluff, CA and Dick Eller (Trudie) of Sonora, CA; brother-in-law David Ambrose (Nancy) of Bradenton, FL; children Jordan Spillane (Andrew) of Menomonee Falls, WI, and Corbett and Kelsey Ambrose of Westmont, IL; grandchildren Fletcher and Keaton Spillane of Menomonee Falls, WI; nephews RJ Weaver (Michelle) of Meridian, ID and Lang Weaver of Red Bluff, CA and niece Holly Geiger (Evan) of Red Bluff, CA; great-niece and great-nephews; and her honorary family members Joan Loyd of Glenview, IL; Sheryl and Rob Long of Northbrook, IL; Jessica Long of Dakar, Senegal and Nora Long Bellot (Gabbie) of Queens, NY.
Sue will be missed by all who love her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sue's memory to Reading Is Fundamental (rif.org).