Susanne Copenhaver, 78, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Le Mars. Rev. Jon Meredith will officiate.
Susanne Copenhaver was born in Camden, New Jersey, on August 8, 1944, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Williams) Taylor. Sue grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey. Her father was a Marine, so the family spent some time in California and North Carolina on his duty assignments. However, the major part of her youth was spent in Collingswood. She graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1962. Not long after, she joined the United States Post Office (U.S. Postal Department at that time) and worked there for about 13 years. It was there that Susanne met her future husband, David. Dave and Sue were married in 1976. Following the wedding they moved to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State University. Following his graduation in 1978, they moved to Cherokee, Iowa. They then moved to Le Mars, Iowa, in 1986.
In Le Mars, Susanne was very active in Westmar Women, Christian Women’s Club and the First Baptist Church. She also enjoyed delivering Meals On Wheels. She enjoyed painting and was a very good cook. For several years Susanne was co-owner of the Good Shepherd Books ‘n More Christian bookstore, until physical issues forced her to leave the store. Susanne faced many physical challenges including breast cancer and leukemia, but she tried to remain as active and positive as possible. She always had a strong faith that carried her through. Her family was very important to her. A special annual activity was buying Christmas cards for the children of her nieces and nephews. Sue was also blessed to have many good and supportive friends.
She is survived by her husband, David; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Lougheed, of Oaklyn, New Jersey; brother, Michael (Sarah) Taylor, of Runnemede, New Jersey; brother Robert Taylor, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and many nieces and nephews and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, and a nephew.