YOUNGSTOWN – Susan P. “Susie” Wenzel, 67, of the city’s westside, passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after suffering from pneumonia.
Susie was born June 30, 1951, in Cleveland, a daughter of the late Robert and Marian Ward Hines, and was raised in Winter Park, Fla., graduating from Winter Park High School in 1969. She lived in Houston, Texas; San Jose, California; Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton, and Orlando in Florida; Mukwonago, Whitewater, and Waukesha in Wisconsin; and in Macedonia, Ohio, before settling in Youngstown.
While in Florida, she graduated from the Jackson Memorial School of Nursing at the University of Miami, and was an R.N. at various medical facilities and doctor’s offices throughout the country. Susie also spent part of her career as a hospice nurse and caseworker, and she retired as an oncology nurse from Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin in 2008.
A talented singer, Susie was a 35-year member of Sweet Adelines International and was a member of the Melodeers. She sang with the Greater Cleveland Chorus and the Sounds of Pittsburgh, and won two international gold medals for singing with Sweet Adelines, along with many regional medals.
She attended Crossroads Church in Austintown.
Susie leaves her husband of nearly 26 years, Richard E. “Dick” Wenzel, whom she married Feb. 20, 1993; four children, Tammy (Keith) Steabler of Whitewater, Brian E. (Melinda) Wenzel of Suffolk, Va., Andrew P. (Courtnay) Wenzel of Annapolis, Md., and Trisha N. (Michael) Swanger of Charlotte, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon (Lee) Bailey of Orlando.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Susie's name to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation through https://msfocus.org/Donate.aspx