Susan Bennett, 75, passed away Saturday, August 11

Susan Bennett, 75, of Eau Claire, MI, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, August 11, 2018 while gardening.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3713 Naomi Rd., Sodus with Pastor Robert Duehlmeyer Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sodus. Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Sodus the Berrien County Youth Fair or The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Those wishing to share a memory of Susan online may do so at

 Susan was born September 16, 1942 in Benton Harbor, MI., to Paul & Gertrude (Froehlich) Steinke. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1960. On November 4, 1961 she married Calvin Bennett at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sodus. Susan worked with her husband in the family business for many years doing the bookkeeping as well as keeping her family running smoothly. She loved to travel, especially family vacations to Disney World to see Mickey Mouse. Susan was a strong Christian woman who loved the Lord and was a life long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sodus. She never missed going to her kids’ or grandkids’ school events, sporting events or their showings at the fair. She also enjoyed gardening, mowing her lawn, scrapbooking, square dancing and polka dancing, and family holidays and traditions. Susan was a strong woman who never complained. She loved her family, and enjoyed spending as much time with them as she could, especially her grandchildren and most recently, with her great grandchildren.

 Susan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Calvin Bennett; children Robert Bennett, Linda (Jerry) Spitzer, Tracy (Cory) Clare and Judy (Robert) Christner; grandchildren Zac (Katie) Metz, Morgan (Fuzzy) Paustian, Max Bennett, Owen (Mollie) Watson, Zane Metz, Race (Karen) Bennett, Ross Clare, Jackson Christner, Evie Clare and Cooper Christner; great-grandchildren Calvin Metz, Oakley Paustian and Chloe Metz. Susan was preceded in death by her parents.

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