OBITUARY

Suzanne Brosnahan Southern

November 1, 1935September 4, 2021
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Suzanne Brosnahan Southern (formerly Suzanne Hipskind Kiley), age 85, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born on November 1, 1935 in Harvey, Illinois, to James and Irene Hipskind. The family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she attended St. Patrick’s Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in 1953. Suzanne attended Barry College for Women in Miami, Florida, for her freshman year, where in addition to her studies she also enjoyed waterskiing on the Atlantic Ocean on weekends. She transferred to Purdue University her sophomore year where she majored in Home Economics and earned her BS in 1957. At Purdue, Suzanne was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Alpha Chi Chapter, and was the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1955.

Suzanne taught at Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne for 1 year after graduation. She married John L. Kiley, Jr., in June of 1958, and moved to Kokomo, Indiana. There she enjoyed raising her seven children and being an active member in the Cheer Guild and Tri Kappa.

Suzanne began working at Howard County Job Training Corp in Kokomo in 1986 and then at Goodwill Industries in Indianapolis in 1993, until she retired in 2000. She moved to her beloved Muir Woods neighborhood in Indianapolis in 1991 where she spent 30 years among wonderful friends and neighbors.

For several years she authored the Muir Woods newsletter and served on the homeowners association. She would often be seen on her front porch in the afternoons with her shih tzu, KaiLee. She moved to Independence Village of South Fishers in June of 2021.

Some of Suzanne’s fondest memories are growing up barefoot all summer long at Lake Wawasee at the Hipskind family cottage. She would later take her children to the Kiley cottage in Pickwick Park at Wawasee. Sue’s children were all on swim teams, she enjoyed attending swim meets and took pride in being an IHSAA official. She said it kept them clean and out of trouble.

Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents, James and Irene Hipskind, her brother Norm Hipskind, and her former husband, Jack Kiley. She is survived by her brother, Tim Hipskind, her sister, Dr. Jeanette Hipskind and wife Linda, her four daughters, Kim Fleer; Monica Cicalo and her husband Tony, Erin Baker and her husband Dan, and Kathleen Martine and her husband Lou, and her three sons Tim Kiley, Pat Kiley, and Mike Kiley and his wife Angie (Hunley), and 10 grandchildren, Brian and Holly Baker, Daniel, Marie, Madeleine and Matthew Martine, BreAnne Fleer and Olivia, Julia and Katherine Kiley, and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She had a special relationship with her grandmother, Grace Southern, and recreated that love by being supportive and encouraging to her own grandchildren. She is remembered for meeting everyone with a warm smile and a kind word.

Services will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in the chapel at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 9001 Haverstick Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning with visitation at 11:00am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by everyone at Independence Village of South Fishers, and the kind and giving staff at IU Health Saxony Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to National Alliance on Mental Illness at dontate.nami.org

Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

Memories

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Monica Cicalo

September 15, 2021

My mother was a woman of grace, kindness, and love. She was wise and strong, yet fun-loving too. She always saw the best in people and never said a bad word about anyone. When I was at my low points, she came and encouraged me. She taught me so many good things by the way she lived. I can only hope to follow her example of loving, giving, and being.

Julianne Hipskind

September 14, 2021


My most endearing memory is that of Sue introducing me to her big brother, Norm an Air Force Lieutenant stationed in Texas. Sue and I were planning a trip to Europe together when Jack Kiley popped a ring on her finger. I met Norm in February, 1958.
He came home (Fort Wayne) for a 30 day leave.
Sue and Jack married the following June. Norm and I married in April, 1959. We raised our families in separate cities but thanks to Nanarene and Daddy Jim, we spent many family celebrations together. Over the years we kept the Purdue vs ND rivalry alive with Sue and Daddy Jim as Purdue grads and Jack and Norm as ND grads. I treasure the memories!!

Suzanne and Phil McHugh Family

September 14, 2021

All our dear Kiley cousins have been in our thoughts and prayers since we received your sad news of Aunt Sue's passing. We are so sorry for your deep loss but celebrate with you the legacy and great memories your sweet mom left behind! We look forward to being with everyone Thursday so we can pray, hug, cry, laugh and reminisce together:) God Bless!

Marjorie Duryea

September 8, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Suzanne at Goodwill Industries. She was a lovely person, always kind and pleasant with everyone she interacted with. She was both well respected and well liked by all.

Kathryn Clemens

September 8, 2021

Huge love and prayers to our dear family friends. Such fun memories of our gatherings together. Our parents friendship made these great times possible. Bless you all in this time of mourning and reflection. Know you are all in our thoughts. Now and always. ♥️🙏

Kathleen Martine

September 7, 2021

As a little girl, I always remember Mimi killin it on the holidays. She dressed up and set a beautiful table. She worked so hard to make them special. She decorated and cooked and wrapped gifts, and boy could Mimi wrap!

Cynthia Lacey-Gault

September 7, 2021

I have wonderful memories of Sue during her years in Kokomo. I babysat her 7 children for three summers as a “mother’s helper.” She was gracious and kind to me and I greatly admired her. I remember her teaching me many things about caring for children and making them simple meals. She treated me respectfully, and I thought I might want to have a large family (like the Kileys) when I grew up! I also remember having the children line up to sing “Sound of Music” songs with me! 🎶
May the Lord give His peace and precious memories of their beloved mother to Kim, Monica, Erin, Kathleen, Tim, Patrick and Michael.
With love and prayers,
Cynthia Lacey Gault

Patty Smith

September 7, 2021

Suzanne was a member of the Muir Woods Bunco group and I met her there when I joined. I also worked with her on the Condo Board Association. She was a lovely person and truly one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever known. She loved her family and KaiLee, her little dog. I will truly miss her.

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Biography

Suzanne Brosnahan Southern (formerly Suzanne Hipskind Kiley), age 85, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born on November 1, 1935 in Harvey, Illinois, to James and Irene Hipskind. The family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she attended St. Patrick’s Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in 1953. Suzanne attended Barry College for Women in Miami, Florida, for her freshman year, where in addition to her studies she also enjoyed waterskiing on the Atlantic Ocean on weekends. She transferred to Purdue University her sophomore year where she majored in Home Economics and earned her BS in 1957. At Purdue, Suzanne was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Alpha Chi Chapter, and was the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1955.

Suzanne taught at Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne for 1 year after graduation. She married John L. Kiley, Jr., in June of 1958, and moved to Kokomo, Indiana. There she enjoyed raising her seven children and being an active member in the Cheer Guild and Tri Kappa.

Suzanne began working at Howard County Job Training Corp in Kokomo in 1986 and then at Goodwill Industries in Indianapolis in 1993, until she retired in 2000. She moved to her beloved Muir Woods neighborhood in Indianapolis in 1991 where she spent 30 years among wonderful friends and neighbors.

For several years she authored the Muir Woods newsletter and served on the homeowners association. She would often be seen on her front porch in the afternoons with her shih tzu, KaiLee. She moved to Independence Village of South Fishers in June of 2021.

Some of Suzanne’s fondest memories are growing up barefoot all summer long at Lake Wawasee at the Hipskind family cottage. She would later take her children to the Kiley cottage in Pickwick Park at Wawasee. Sue’s children were all on swim teams, she enjoyed attending swim meets and took pride in being an IHSAA official. She said it kept them clean and out of trouble.

Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents, James and Irene Hipskind, her brother Norm Hipskind, and her former husband, Jack Kiley. She is survived by her brother, Tim Hipskind, her sister, Dr. Jeanette Hipskind and wife Linda, her four daughters, Kim Fleer; Monica Cicalo and her husband Tony, Erin Baker and her husband Dan, and Kathleen Martine and her husband Lou, and her three sons Tim Kiley, Pat Kiley, and Mike Kiley and his wife Angie (Hunley), and 10 grandchildren, Brian and Holly Baker, Daniel, Marie, Madeleine and Matthew Martine, BreAnne Fleer and Olivia, Julia and Katherine Kiley, and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She had a special relationship with her grandmother, Grace Southern, and recreated that love by being supportive and encouraging to her own grandchildren. She is remembered for meeting everyone with a warm smile and a kind word.

Services will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in the chapel at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 9001 Haverstick Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning with visitation at 11:00am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by everyone at Independence Village of South Fishers, and the kind and giving staff at IU Health Saxony Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to National Alliance on Mental Illness at dontate.nami.org

Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com