Susan R. Hodgemire, of Niles

Published 9:16 am Monday, May 8, 2017

Aug. 3, 1963 — May 4, 2017

Susan R. Hodgemire, 53, of Niles, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana.

She was born in Niles, to Franklin A. and Irma E (Carpenter) Hayslip.

Susan worked home health care for many years. She enjoyed taking care of people; it was more than a job for her, it was her passion. Many in Niles will remember her from her many years at Dial-A-Ride. Susan loved spending time at Picture Lake in Dowagiac, gardening in the summer and arts and crafts. Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Franklin Hayslip; a daughter, Ranae Ritchie; and three sisters, Denise, Frankie and Jackie Hayslip.

Susan is survived by her children, Travis (Danielle) Ritchie and Ryan (Jessica) Ritchie, both of Niles; mother Irma Hayslip of Niles; her grandchildren, Morgan, T.J., Dakota, Logan, Elijah and Autumn; her fiancé, James Williams of Niles; siblings Peggy Kovacs of Mishawaka, Indiana, Robert (Claudette) Hayslip of Niles, Paula (John) Salyer of Mishawaka, Sylvia (Wayne) Yaw of Niles and Michael Hayslip of Niles, LeRoy (Louise) Warner of Jackson, Audrey Warner of South Haven, Kathy (Brian) Anderson of Niles, Franklin Hayslip of Sheridan and DJ (Angie) Hayslip of Elkhart, Indiana; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, co-workers and friends who will greatly miss her.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Susan’s life with a visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Niles, with a prayer service at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made in Susan’s memory to Brown Funeral Home. Memories of Susan may be left at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Niles.