We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Berndt-Ledesma Hartford Funeral Home
Suzanne M. Strowig of North Richland Hills, TX, age 68, passed away on December 26, 2021 after enduring a complicated heart surgery in November. She was recuperating from surgery at her sister’s home in Ossining, NY at the time of death. Sue suffered many health problems related to successful cancer treatment in her late 20’s. Health challenges due to radiation were bravely accepted and did not affect her positive outlook and joy for life. It never defeated her desire and ability to excel in her nursing career. She proudly earned her BS degree in Nursing from UW Eau Claire in 1976 and later graduated with a MS degree in Nursing from UT Arlington. For more than 40 years she dedicated her life as a clinical research nurse practitioner working with a team improving diabetic treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Patients and colleagues involved in her research studies became lifelong friends.
Sue loved ballroom dancing. She enjoyed taking lessons and showing her steps to family. She also loved to travel and shared that experience with her sister and once with her brother-in-law, notably on a cruise/land tour of Alaska and tour of Germany, Austria while attending a medical conference.
Sue called Dallas her home but remained loyal to her Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Her fur babies, Ellie, Mollie, Hannah, Scruffy and Sammy were her pride and joy and ate like royalty. She made organic dog treats and fed them fresh meat mixed with rice and vegetables.
Her trips to Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas were always something the family looked forward to. Her home-made cookies disappeared within a day or two by the resident cookie monsters. Besides decorating the tree, her talent playing the piano accompanied our singing carols which always lifted our spirits. Sue was so talented musically. She started playing the accordion at a young age and continued through high school. She also played flute in the high school band. Sue will be remembered for her practical eclectic gifts given to the “sisters” who in turn had to guess their function. We will treasure the jewelry she made for the girls at Christmas as well. She was a whiz at Sudoku, Euchre, Gin Rummy and any other game she played. Few could beat her.
We were so looking forward to her retirement and return to Wisconsin in the summer. Texas would remain her winter home. That was the plan, but we continue to live in faith that God’s plan was a better one. May she rest in peace in His merciful care.
Survivors include her siblings Robert Strowig, Cynthia Skopal, Marilyn Genske (Roger) and Jim Strowig (Kim), Nephews and nieces Kevin Gerwels, Craig Strowig, Lori Strowig, David Genske, Marie Walker, Jason Genske and many grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents, Marian and Eugene Strowig, Sue was preceded in death by her sister Janice Gerwels-Huth and brother-in-laws Eugene Skopal and Walter Huth.
Visitation will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1108 Rome Road, Rubicon WI on Friday January 14, 2022 at 10 AM with Mass of Resurrection celebrated at 11AM followed by internment in St. John’s Cemetery. Lunch will be served in parish hall. In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund for nursing will be established in Sue’s memory as well as other charities of her choice.
To view the recorded Mass of Christian Burial for Suzanne, please click here: https://youtu.be/u3nEcRxJT6A: