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Suzanne K. McKeever

December 28, 1952 March 13, 2013
Suzanne K. McKeever
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Obituary for Suzanne K. McKeever

Suzanne Kay Fogle McKeever, a lifelong resident of Oakland County, passed away surrounded by her family on March 13, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60 years old.

She was born on December 28, 1952 in Pontiac, daughter of Patricia and the late Roy Fogle, graduated from Walled Lake Central in 1971.

For those that were lucky enough to have known Suzanne (Suzy), she will always be remembered for her "infectious laughter", which you usually heard before you saw her. It was loud, it was unapologetic, it was continuous, and it was from her heart. The "Laugh" made you feel like the skies had cleared and the sun had just come out (which for Michigan is a good thing). It was usually accompanied with a great smile and a feeling of warmth. That is how many people will remember Suzy.

After completing her formal schooling, and doing some world traveling, Suzy joined General Motors for a short 10 year career at the Milford Proving Ground working in various positions from Test Driver to Personnel Assistant. There she met her husband Vern whom she married in 1986. In 1989 baby Molly arrived, so she decided to quit working and focus on motherhood. This evolved into a short career working in the school system following daughter Molly into several schools. Her love of children (all people with big eyes, short legs and chubby cheeks qualified) then developed into a greater desire to "specialize" in the form of becoming a Nanny. Suzy's way of "Nannying" was to become part of the family, and this resulted in growing her umbrella of close loved ones. Suzy became part of the Kopel family of Novi and later part of the Smith Family in Highland, relationships which will endure forever. Everywhere that Suzy has worked has led to a new set of life long friendships, which she maintained and nurtured over time.

Suzy loved life and all living things......Kensington Metropark became her favorite spot for enjoying nature, including jogging, walking. bike riding, kayaking, picnicking, feeding the birds out of her hand or getting up close to the friendly Sandhill Cranes, watching the Egrets/Herons at the rookery or just laying in the grass being one with nature

Travel and vacations with family became a passion. Over the last 25 years, Ocean City NJ became an annual family reunion spot for 4th of July memories. The family will forever treasure memories of Suzy at OCNJ. The last several years also led to a smaller family reunion with the Smith Family on Black Lake in Northern Michigan - adding to the treasure of memories that will last a life time for the grandkids. West Acres Beach is also another spot that created many memories that will endure, and is a place that is important to the family. Suzy was about making memories for lots of people. Everyone that she knew became important to her. Her compassion and interest for others is why so many people claim to have Suzy as their best friend! Everyone who ever met her are "Lucky people"!!! We are grief stricken about our loss, but were blessed to have her as long as we did.

Suzy loved being with people and was always looking for an opportunity to create a "party," but also loved reading, gardening, crafting, making jewelry (with friends and for friends), and playing games. She also excelled at shopping! The last year of her life slowed her down a little, but she still tried to do everything with her usual style and flair. She succeeded at that and never complained. She will be missed by so many......

She is survived by husband Vern McKeever, daughter, Molly; step-sons, John (Sherry), Peter and Michael McKeever; grandchildren, Isabella, Mackenzie, Olivia, Owen; mother, Patricia (the late Roy) Fogle; brothers, Stephen (Christine) Fogle, Gregory Fogle; sister, DeLynn (Timothy) Dindoffer; nieces and nephews, Jeff, Julie, Justin, Kelly, Patrick, Emma, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Benjamin, Sam and many extended family and friends.

Suzanne�s love for life, laughter and passion for family and friends will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford on Saturday, March 23 at 3 PM, with visitation beginning at noon.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne's name to the University of Michigan Sarcoma Clinic Research Center. Checks may be made payable to the University of Michigan and sent to Medical Development, Attn: Kim Schuster, 1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor MI 48104.


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