Suzanne Ann (Graeber) Sugden

Age 88, passed away on April 16, 2023 in her home with her son holding her hand.

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A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held on May 5, 1 pm to 4 pm, at the Flint Institute of Arts, Isabel Hall. A valet service will be provided. Donations to Carriage Town Ministries or Flint Institute of Arts are requested in lieu of flowers.

Sue was born February, 24, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the daughter of Henry and Pearl Graeber, who immigrated from Golden Lake, Ontario to Michigan.

Sue graduated from Bronson School of Nursing in 1956 and began her career as a Registered Nurse at Bronson Hospital. She married, moved to Flint and chose the teaching hospital, Hurley, to continue her career. Sue worked in many departments, the most notable was the Critical Care Cardiac Unit. Sue is described by a co-worker as having a great sense of humor, great to work with, a good friend and fun to party with.

Sue maintained her R.N. license until she was 86. She enjoyed staying current with medical advances and wanted to be available in any emergency.

After retirement Sue became a Compassionate Care Volunteer at Hurley Medical Center and a member of Global Volunteers. Her most treasured experience was teaching English in China.

Family and friends have traveled many miles just for Sue’s fried chicken or a wonderful new recipe she just had to try. Gathering at her table was a delicious, warm and loving experience, carrying on the Graeber tradition of warmhearted gatherings and companionship.

Sue also wrote poetry: “I hold them to their promise and wait knowing one day they will reach, unfurl, grow into something magical.”

Flint arts, culture, education and helping those in need were a passion for Sue. She loved attending performances, events and art shows and sharing these experiences with friends and family.

Suzanne was a dedicated, loving and fun mother. “They are the beat of my heart, the pulse in my veins, and the energy in my soul”, anonymous author of a poem that Sue loved.

She is survived by her daughter, Keely Sugden, son Kristian (Sheila) Sugden, sister Mary Lou Graeber, brother Richard (Sheri) Graeber, sister-in-law Oya Graeber, sister-in-law Rosemary (Adrian) Waltzer, grandchildren Cody Sugden, Lee Pruitt and Brooke (Adam) Yates, nieces Leyla (Billy) Oswald, Patti (Chris) Garz, Shira Waltzer and Keryn Waltzer, nephews David (Aselya) Waltzer, Joseph Waltzer, Erol Graeber and Norman Graeber, many loving cousins and former husband Robert Sugden.

Sue was loved by many friends whom she treasured.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her infant daughter, Sheri Ann Sugden, and her brother Robert Graeber.


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  1. Leyla Graeber Oswald on April 24, 2023 at 4:01 am

    My beautiful, adventurous, loving Aunt Sue has joined her brother Robert (my dad), her parents and the Lord in heaven. She was such a fun Aunt and my childhood is filled with so many memories with her. The struggle is over and now she can rest. Forever in my heart, I love you Aunt Sue.

  2. Denise Cutler on April 24, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Although I never met your mother, Keely, I know she was a wonderful person, because she raised a daughter like you. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to you, and all of your loved ones.

  3. Sheri Graeber on April 24, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Sue was an amazing human being. She truly lived her life with zest and adventure. Sue was genuine and loving. One of my fondest memories is a conversation we had about how to create space for grace and. acceptance. Sue was always an encourager. She is a gentle presence that will remain Skyhawks all of us who knew her and loved her. Rest in peace precious lady; you made my life better . You are sorely missed.

  4. Carol Cukier on April 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Although I wasn’t able to actually visit with her for a long time, I have memories of a beautiful woman, a loving mother, and a capable nurse. I’m glad to know that she had caring children to be with her and take care of her. My heart goes out to Keeley and Kris and the family.

  5. Norman Stong on April 25, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    I am missing her and of course her warm inviting smile, her ability to always get the joke and again not to forget that when you were with her and had to leave she had made you relaxed and happy.

  6. Flo Hernández-Ramos on May 5, 2023 at 12:13 am

    Keely is my friend. When she introduced me to her mother I gained another friend. I was sad when Sue left Denver but glad she would be among other friends. I grieve now that she has passed but am glad Sue was my friend who gave me such happy memories

  7. Russ Clewley on May 5, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    My second Mom we all loved so much. At peace and whole again no more pain in God’s loving arms.

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