Susan Elizabeth Chandler

August 19, 1945March 9, 2019

Susan Elizabeth Chandler died peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on March 9, 2019 in Greensboro, NC. She died of complications of pancreatic cancer.

After attending East Lansing High School, she graduated from Michigan State University in 1967. After college she taught high school social studies for one year, but was so concerned about social issues that she began working as a case worker in a local welfare department. She then attended the University of Michigan and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work. After a hiatus to begin a family, she worked tirelessly as a social worker for decades. Among many efforts, she started a program for the children of alcoholics at a regional treatment center. She served as a mentor to graduate students from the University of Michigan and several other local colleges.

Sue was an elder and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor and helped start an overnight shelter program for homeless at the church. She volunteered at the Delonis Center for homeless, was on the board of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and helped to raise funds for the University of Michigan Cancer Center. Sue felt the pain of social injustice throughout the world and worked passionately to help others. Her wonderful smile and her desire and ability to connect to so many people will always be remembered.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years William, sons Scott (wife Sandra) and Jesse (wife Nicole), granddaughters Madeline, Lily, Sydney and Tyler, mother Barbara Plesscher, and siblings Judy, Bob, Jim and Patty. She is preceded in death by her father William Plesscher and brother William. Memorials can be made to the Susan Chandler Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Michigan. Gifts can be made online at: Checks can be made out to “University of Michigan” with “Susan Chandler Fund” on the memo line and mailed to Amanda Smith, 1000 Oakbrook Dr, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

A Memorial Service will be take place at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor on April 5, 2019, at 2:00 PM.

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5 April

A Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor

1432 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan


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Walter Fisher

March 16, 2019

I have known Sue for some years now, mostly off and on at parties and dinners. I am at least grateful that I was able to tell Sue in writing a month ago what I have always thought of her from the get go. I never met a person as sweet as she in my lifetime. I know that the term sweet maybe overused and not always a deep enough term but, really, anyone that came in contact with Sue must have thought, “ This is one sweet lady”. I am so grieved that I will not see her smiling face again.

Walter Fisher