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Susan Mary Vander Hagen

December 23, 1950November 10, 2020

Susan Mary Vander Hagen, age 69, passed away on November 10, 2020. Born to the late Joseph and Stella on December 23rd of 1950; beloved wife to Danny Vander Hagen; loving mother to Mark (Melissa) Vander Hagen, Michelle Vander Hagen, and Melissa (Dan) Buyikian; cherished grandmother of Molly, Grace and Christopher; she is also survived by her brother William (Rosemary) Banish and Aunt Delphine; Susan is preceded in death by her dear grandchildren Christopher, Angelica, Abby, Emma, and Hope; as well as her brother Larry Banish, and great-niece Kristen. She is also survived by many other loving nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins, and many other family members and friends.

Susan loved the color purple. She enjoyed baking, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. Her favorite candies were M&M’s and chocolate covered raisins. She was an avid U of M football fan (and had a love for Tom Brady), as well as The Price is Right and Dancing with the Stars. She loved to sing, especially her favorite singer Neil Diamond, even when she messed up the words. Although, her most favorite thing of all was her family; especially being able to go on many vacations with them – another favorite being Disney!

The family will greet friends at Kaul Funeral Home of Roseville, 27830 Gratiot Ave., on Friday, November 13th at 1:00pm until 8:00pm, with a rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral mass Saturday, November 14th at St. Pio Catholic Church, 18720 Thirteen Mile Road in Roseville, 10:30am instate period until the time of mass at 11:00am. Inurnment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Fond memories and online condolences may be offered to the family at


  • The late Joseph and Stella, Parents
  • Danny Vander Hagen, Husband
  • Mark (Melissa) Vander Hagen, Son
  • Michelle Vander Hagen, Daughter
  • Melissa (Dan) Buyikian, Daughter
  • Molly, Grace and Christopher, Grandchildren
  • William (Rosemary) Banish, Brother
  • Delphine, Aunt
  • Susan is preceded in death by her dear grandchildren Christopher, Angelica, Abby, Emma, and Hope; as well as her brother Larry Banish, and great-niece Kristen. She is also survived by many other loving nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins, and many other family members and friends.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Instate

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, November 14, 2020


Susan Mary Vander Hagen

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Bonny Bileti (Pitlik)

November 23, 2020

As a Credit Union member, and a retired Ceo of another
Credit Union. I would like to say I enjoyed working with
her. A very caring person who always kept to the Credit
Union philosophy of people helping people. I am so gald
I got to know her. May she be with God.

Erin Korich

November 15, 2020

From setting up haunted houses in her basement to baking sugar cookies in her kitchen, Sue was a huge part of my childhood. I will always remember the adults playing Trivial Pursuit while us kids played video games and hung out for hours. I am grateful to have eaten potato pancakes with her recently and she was able to meet all of my children. Thank you for my memories Sue!! I will keep your family in my thoughts & smile when I think of you.

Kelly Roberts

November 14, 2020

I knew Mrs. Vander Hagen as a kid. I was in Girl Scouts with Melissa & many others and we had such a great time. We all went to camping together as Girl Scouts and created lots of unforgettable memories. I will never forget Mrs. Vander Hagen!! 🙏🏻

Maleah Dynkowski

November 13, 2020

For the last 20 years I watched Susan every year support her daughter Melissa at her Encore dance recitals, then years later her granddaughters Molly & Grace. Susan was very proud of her dancing girls! Her smile was always such a joy to see. Several years ago Melissa (and her mom) started the recital cookies... and starting that year Susan always handed the cookies bouquets out. A huge recital highlight for me, as I love those cookies. I always was the last one to pick those cookies up for my kids. Susan would always laugh at me! Your smile and laugher will be deeply missed!
Love and hugs to all of Susan’s Family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time♥️

Debra Christensen

November 13, 2020

What a beautiful life. We shared so many memories of Erin and Melissa growing up: school, dance, recitals, scouting, camping. You were always there, willing to help, taking an active role. One could not imagine a better wife, mother, grandmother & friend. A good Christian with a strong love of the Lord. Although we lost touch when our girls grew older, I still feel so very blessed to have those memories. I am a better person for knowing you.
My sincere condolences to all those who loved and cherished you.

Elizabeth Bray

November 11, 2020

When we were coming to pick up the infamous couch, Emma came with us. It was right before Christmas and Sue had her glorious Christmas village set up. She spent all the time in the world with Emma, showing her all the little people, houses and details and even sent her on her way with some candy. You would have thought that Emma was one of her own grandchildren. Emma talked about that for weeks!

I never saw her frowning, not even once. She was just someone who made you feel calm and safe. She will be dearly missed.

Donna Pariseau

November 11, 2020

My dear Aunt Sue was a very selfless person who always gave to everyone. She had a huge heart and cared deeply for her family and it always showed. I loved her beyond measure as many did and I will miss her terribly. She was the rock, the person who made a difference in the many lives she touched. Sincere condolences to my Uncle Danny and to my cousins as I know she left way too soon. Love all of you, Donna

Lori Engelhardt

November 11, 2020

Sue always treated my daughter and I like another member of the family. She always greeted everyone and made you feel special and welcome. You could always tell she loved and cared deeply for her family and had a huge amount of faith. Sue enjoyed the activities that her grandchildren were a part of. She will definitely be missed by the two of us and everyone else that had the fortune to know her.

Marty Pichla

November 11, 2020

So sorry for the entire VanderHagan family. Sue was would help in classrooms at Eisenhower whenever needed. God bless you all

Susan McDonald

November 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to the entire family. I will as well as many others miss her beautiful smile and her caring soul. RIP my dear friend


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