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Susan K. Busser

Susan Kay Busser, 49, Dixon, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Serenity Home, Oregon, surrounded by members of her family.

She was born on July 25, 1962, in Freeport, the fourth child of Duane and Carol (Kloepping) Garkey.

At Polo High School she excelled in track, basketball, and volleyball, garnering many awards and state medals.

She loved playing golf and touched many people over the years while working at Raynor, Woods, and Con-way Freight.

She battled cancer for eight years, but cancer never defined her.

Despite weekly treatments in Chicago, she remained her children’s No. 1 fan, never missing a single sports or school activity.

Her legacy remains one of love, devotion and inspiration.

Her life revolved around her steadfast faith in God, her children, and Bob. 

She embodied quiet class, beauty, intelligence, and accomplishment.

Her blond soft curls framed a genuine smile that could warm your heart. And her heart most definitely belonged to the love of her life-Bob-for the past 15 years.

She was our hero, inspired us daily with her courage and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by Bob Venier , Dixon; her wonderful children, Jason James, Naples Fla., Dylon Dane and Kaitlon Kay, both of Dixon; her parents, Polo; sisters, Cindy (Mike) Sullivan, Polo, and Janet, Madison, Wis.; brothers David (Lori), Winnebago, and Rodney (Deb Bryan), Polo; niece and nephews, Jessica and Matt Sullivan and Dan and Andrew Garkey; two great-nephews; the father of her children, Jim Busser, Polo;  and her cocker spaniel, Nelly, who never left her side.

Susan was predeceased by son, Damon Drew; and grandparents, Roy and Esther Garkey and Ralph and Edith Davis.

Mass of Christian Burial was held March 19 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Paul White, officiating. 

Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any contributions be made to the Susan Busser memorial fund for education expenses for the children.

Arrangements were completed by the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. 

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