Susan Kay Radenbaugh

Susan Kay Radenbaugh

Susan Kay Radenbaugh of St. Joseph, 76, was embraced by the comforting arms of her Lord while in the grateful presence of family on Thursday, February 18, 2016 while at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on Monday, February 22nd beginning at 11:00 am.  Everyone interested is also invited to the church pews one hour before the Mass to listen in silent prayer to Sue’s favorite hymns from her “private” collection.  A luncheon and gathering for all family and friends will take place in the reception room immediately after the service.  The church is located at 555 East Delaware Avenue in Benton Harbor.  A private burial ceremony involving the family will take place at a later date.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and access the online obituary at  Flower donations for Susan’s Mass may be sent to Starks-Menchinger Family Funeral Home in St. Joseph.

Susan was born on January 7, 1940 in South Haven, Michigan to Bernard “Midge” and Hazel “Chetty” Diebold.  She grew up along the golden beaches of South Haven and graduated from South Haven High School in 1958.  During that time, Susan was the cheerleading captain and homecoming queen for the hometown Rams and eventually drew the attention of a young man from Flint who happened to be working at a local summer resort.  Susan married Jerome Noble Radenbaugh on November 25, 1960 in Ypsilanti, Michigan and spent the remaining 56 years with Jerry raising their family and supporting communities and friends along the way.

Sue enjoyed watching high school wrestling and any and all football games (especially the University of Michigan), reading, classic movies, lunching with friends, and taking walks with her loyal miniature dachshund, Sadie.  Sue’s health was compromised by several issues for many years, but she always managed to be a caring wife, mother, and grandmother.  The joy of her heart was being with, and joining in, any activities that she could with children, grandchildren, and church friends.  A favorite past-time of Sue’s was writing and sending cards to people that she knew were ill and/or cared for at home or in various hospitals.  She also believed that learning — and remembering – the names of new people she met along life’s journey was a great way to spread the Word of God.  Sue was a devout member of St. John-St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a volunteer for several years at Birthright in St. Joseph and for the Lakeland Auxiliary.

Susan is survived by her husband Jerry; daughter Marcia DeMars of Stevensville, Michigan; son Toby (Kathleen) Radenbaugh of Charleston, South Carolina; son Andrew (Elizabeth) Radenbaugh of St. Joseph, Michigan; son Matthew (Viviana) Radenbaugh of Chicago, Illinois; brother Larry (Terry) Diebold of Mechanicsville, Virginia; sister Marcia (Marty) Grano of Santa Barbara, California; grandchildren Aubree, Jillian, Cole, Christopher, Bailey, Tyler, Ryan, Camille, Hailey, and Beck; and many nephews and nieces.

Susan was preceded in death by her loving parents, dear sister Carol, much loved son-in-law Grant, beloved sister-in-law Janey, and many treasured friends.

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