Susan K. Gardner
Susan Kaye (MacDougall) Gardner, age 79, of Jackson and formerly of Interlochen, passed away Oct. 10, 2019. Susan was born Feb. 6, 1940 in Detroit to Esther Ruth (Steeneck) and Wm. Curtis MacDougall.
Susan moved to Interlochen in 1968 and for 29 years was employed at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the food service department.
She married Edward W. Gardner Jr. on July 19, 1996. Ed was the navigator on the B-17 bomber Buzz Blonde during World War II, and Sue and Ed enjoyed traveling to the 303rd Bomb Group reunions throughout the United States, Great Britain and Scotland for many years.
Faith was very important to both Sue and Ed, and they attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Traverse City, as well as St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Beulah. As a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Susan enjoyed participating in the annual Kirking of the Tartans, proudly wearing her kilt in honor of her family heritage.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ed; her sister, Janet Dettling; brother-in-law, Charles Dettling; niece, Catherine Dettling; nephew, James Barth; and great-nephew, Andrew Thompson.
Susan is survived by nephews, Curt (Brenda) Dettling, Joe (Mary Ann) Dettling and Bruce (Michelle) Dettling; nieces, Debra Barth, Cheryl (Dave) Bauer, Pam Wilson and Jill (Greg) Bondy; as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, from 10 a.m. until the memorial service at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Anne Hebert officiating. A luncheon at the church will follow the memorial service. Inurnment will take place at the Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Columbarium in Traverse City at 3 p.m., with Deacon Rene Hoenscheid presiding
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are by Purse Funeral Home;
Published on October 18, 2019


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Wendy and Craig Wares (Chico)
Oct 19, 2019
We mourn the loss of your precious family member. We hope your cherished memories bring you smiles and knowledge of her love for you. It’s an honor for us to care for her sweet Chico at our sanctuary.
Oct 17, 2019