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Suzanne Gassman, of Traverse City, passed away on Feb. 1, 2018 while surrounded by her loving family at Munson Medical Center. Sue was born in Lansing on June 2, 1934 to Charles and Mathilda (Schenk) McGinley.
She graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1952 and married her high school sweetheart, Norton Gassman, just three months later on Sept. 13.
Shortly after their wedding Sue and Norton moved to Pensacola, Florida, where he served in the U.S. Navy. Soon after, they shipped out to Italy. Sue passed down many stories to her children and grandchildren of her adventures as a 19-year-old new wife and mother in Naples, Italy. After serving four years Nort and Sue returned to Traverse City, where they raised their family.
Sue retired from her job as a noon duty aide and teacher's aide at Long Lake Elementary School in 1997. She and Nort enjoyed their retirement by traveling the United States and spending time with their family.
Sue enjoyed working in her garden, hosting family get-togethers, vacationing on Rice Lake in the Upper Peninsula and spending time with her grandchildren. Whether pulling a wagon load of toddlers to the Cherry Festival, camping out with Gramps, roasting marshmallows in the backyard or playing Monopoly for a three-day stretch, Sue was recently described as the perfect grandma. Her daughters and grandchildren will cherish the memories she made with them and the stories she made come alive.
She is survived by her four daughters, Ann (John) Silny, of Hemet, California, Linda Anderson, Nancy (Mark) Walters and Katie (Ken) Kubesh, all of Traverse City; along with 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother-in-law and cherished U.P. pasty-eating partner, Bernard St. Pierre; as well as her niece and nephew.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, Kathleen St. Pierre; her husband, Norton Gassman; her son, William Charles Gassman; and son-in-law, Dennis Anderson.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held this spring at Linwood Cemetery.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may do so to Munson Hospice House in memory of her husband, Norton Gassman, and her son, William Gassman, or the organization of one's choice.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share a message with the family.
Published on February 4, 2018
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