Susan Housewerth, 93Published 11:08pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Susan Housewerth, 93
Born: April 23, 1919
Died: Oct. 2, 2012
Susan Louise Housewerth, 93, of Niles, died Oct. 2, 2012, in her home.
She was born April 23, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late John J. and Louisa Bellmore.
She was married to Harold G. Heierman, who preceded her in death in 1958, and to Garman O. Housewerth, who preceded her in death in 1972.
Survivors are a daughter, the Rev. Judith Johnson of Columbus, Ohio; sons, Harold G. (Carol) Heierman of North Webster, Ind., and John H. (Nancy) Heierman of Niles; grandchildren, Jessica Heierman, Christopher Heierman and Ramanda (Heierman) Benson; along with six great-grandchildren and a great-great coming in May 2013. Also, she leaves behind her beloved beagle Jackie. Other survivors include a brother, John Bellmore, of Matlacha, Fla.
A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
Susan was recognized as foster mother of the year in St. Joseph County, Ind., in 1964. Susan was a member of Niles West Side Seventh-day Adventist Church, where a celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. The family will receive guest one hour prior to the service
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’ m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. I’ve found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things I too miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s thought. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now. He set me free.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Niles West Side Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1105 Grant St. Niles, MI 49120; The Salvation Army, 424 N. 15th St., Niles, MI 49120; or Animal Aid, 134 Eastern Ave., Benton Harbor, MI. Those wishing to sign her guest book or leave a condolence message may do by visiting or website, www.swemchapel.com.