Susan M. Butler

Susan M. Butler, age 59, of St. Joseph, MI formerly of Brookfield, IL. Beloved mother of Melissa (Nate) McFeters and Mary Jennings; dear grandmother of Kaitlyn, Lily, Owen and Jace; dear daughter of Robert (friend Maureen Smetana) Butler and the late Joan Butler, nee Pechous; sister of Diane Butler, William (the late Susan) Butler, Edward Butler and the late Robert (Nancy) Butler; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Susan was a dedicated, passionate and respected nurse at Lakeland Hospital for 15 years. Susan was free spirited and always ready for an adventure. She was a nature enthusiast who enjoyed hiking (some of her favorite places included the Smoky Mountains, Sarett Nature Center, and the sand dunes of Silver Lake and Lake Michigan), participating in water sports, bird watching or simply gardening.

Memorial Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 4 p.m. to time of Service at 8 p.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 50513.
Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to:
PAWS Animal Shelter in Bryson City, NC (
Friends of the Smoky Mountains (
Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Doug Miller condolence:

    I’m sorry to hear this. Susan was my friend of many years. We had a tearful phone conversation this past winter. I’m glad she is at rest.


  2. Maureen Bishop condolence:

    Rest In Peace Susan. It was a privilege working with you as a fellow nurse! Prayers sent for Susan’s family.

  3. Lee Maki Bartz condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Susan was always a pleasure to work with. Condolences to all of her family.

  4. Jill condolence:

    She was a wonderful nurse that I had the pleasure of waking up to after surgery. She is an awesome and strong woman. I’m sorry to hear that she’s not with us anymore. She’ll be missed. Condolences to her family.

  5. Charlane Bushor condolence:

    I grew up with Sue in school (we were always seated next to each other in classes,) and she always challenged me intellectually. That, I will always appreciate. She was a helluva smart cookie. My sincerest condolences to all of you who are grieving her passing.

  6. Carole Witucki condolence:

    This is such sad news! She lived next door to my former mother in law (Patricia Heyn). She was very nice and helpful to her, such a kind spirit. I know she’ll be missed. Hugs and prayers to her friends and family.

  7. a condolence:

    She was my best friend

  8. Jeri Fordyce condolence:

    Susan, you weathered nursing school with me, you thrived in ICU and became a role model. I loved your skill with people and patients and strived to be like you. I hurt that you are gone. Wish we had more time with you. Praying for Scott.

  9. Sally McFeters condolence:

    From one “sexy grandma” (sorry, inside joke) to another… I will never forget how sweet, patient, and fun-loving you were interacting with our beautiful grandchildren. I will speak your name often to always keep their memories of Grandma Susan fresh. Until we meet again, may you rest in heavenly peace.
    Grandma Sally

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