OBITUARY

Susan Marie Buccowich

July 23, 1961July 18, 2013

Susan Buccowich, 51, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2013 following a six-year battle with brain cancer. Susan Marie Romberg was born July 23, 1961, the second of three children and the only daughter of David and Helen Romberg. She grew up in Paramount and attended Lincoln Elementary and Alondra Junior High before graduating from Paramount High School in 1979. A key aspect of Susan’s youth was her activity at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount where she belonged with generations of her Christian family. Depending on her age and the day of the week, she could be found in worship, attending or teaching Sunday school, participating in youth groups, singing in choirs, acting in and leading drama ministry, and participating in women’s ministries plus a variety of Bible studies. Susan centered her life on God and his people.

She met Mike Buccowich at church one evening with the college group in 1982. They began dating within a couple of months and became inseparable. They enjoyed each other’s company anywhere and spent time serving at church, sharing Falcon burgers at Cerritos College, and establishing a relationship they would treasure. In 1984, Susan graduated from the Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Program and pursued her professional career. Mike and Susan were excited to be husband and wife, and married on March 23, 1985.

Motherhood arrived with joy for Susan in 1989 when their daughter Lexie was born, followed by sons Austin in 1991 and Adam in 1993. She learned to balance motherhood with her career, and created a warm and loving home for her family. Susan also helped introduce a legacy of faith to her children, helping them to know and serve God just as she had done. She happily continued family traditions in her own home and sought to create lasting memories on birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Annual highlights also included family vacations for water skiing at Clearlake, snow skiing in Mammoth, and weekend retreats in the mountains at Angelus Oaks.

Susan’s sincere faith and trust in God became remarkably evident when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Caught early and treated with surgery in 2006, it served to make Susan more thankful for the gift of life. But her Christian foundation became indispensable when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2007. Knowing her life belonged to God and that his good purposes can be established in spite of the hardest circumstances, she determined to prevail against a disease with an average life expectancy of 18 months.

She endured radiation treatment and 6 chemotherapies, 10 ER admissions, 19 hospital stays and 14 surgeries throughout her brain tumor journey. She overcame a number of complications including tumor progression four times, brain hemorrhages twice, and even fungal meningitis. But bigger than her overstuffed medical file, Susan’s huge capacity to prevail with peace in the face of death demonstrated God’s resources at work in her life. She pursued her journey knowing that God would provide for her needs and wanted others to share in the comfort she received. Her positive attitude brought encouragement to her family and to others as God saw fit. Her legacy of trusting the Lord in spite of overwhelming circumstances will continue by his grace.

Susan is survived by her husband Mike and children Lexie, Austin and Adam; her brothers Brian (Nancy) and Randy (Dorothy) Romberg and their families; her father David Romberg; and scores of people who knew her and accompanied her on her journey – friends, co-workers, patients, and people of the family of God.

Susan’s family expresses their profound gratitude for everyone who prayed for and supported us over the years with family meals, gifts, gift cards, housecleaning, cash, gas cards, flowers and countless notes of encouragement. We especially want to thank Susan’s caregiver team for your vital weekday visits so she could be supported while we were at work and school. You are amazing. Your help was life-giving.

We’re also deeply grateful to Dr. Leia Nghiemphu and the neuro-oncology and neuroscience teams at UCLA who extended Susan’s life again and again and gave us the gift of time. Susan was a beneficiary of your tireless commitment to bring healing into the devastation of brain cancer for patients and families. Your commitment will continue to bear fruit in the form of more effective treatments and better outcomes. Those who are inclined to remember Susan with flowers are encouraged instead to donate generously to the UCLA neuroscience program. You may donate online at www.neurooncology.ucla.edu, or by check payable to the UCLA Foundation and mailed to: The UCLA Foundation Attn: Patricia Roderick UCLA Medical Sciences Development 10945 Le Conte Avenue Suite 3132 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1784

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 23, 2013
REMEMBERING

Susan Marie Buccowich

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Lisa Race

July 29, 2013

I only knew Susan a short time but I quickly learned how creative and funny she could be. She was also very inclusive and made you feel at home. I will always remember her performing as one of the Supremes with me in a talent show potluck at Emmanuel. Her light was everywhere. She is and will be unforgettable.

Heather Bulthuis

July 24, 2013

We are sorry for the loss of Susan on this earth and she will be deeply missed by her friends and family. But I am amazed and in awe how her and her family allowed God to use this situation to honor and show glory to God. The great thing about being a part of the family of God is that this is not goodbye, just see you later.

Dana Whittaker

July 24, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing Susan Romberg during school years and going to FUDD, I remember the time when we all piled into a VW bug, where I was at in the pile up I panicked Susan kind & loveable young lady she is said Dana look up and there was a window so I could breath. Susan thanks for your unconditional loving friendship. God is waiting with open arms for you. We love and miss you. Dana Whittaker

Marla Johnson

July 23, 2013

I knew Susan during my childhood at Emmanuel. The Romberg family was a strong presence in our church and our families were friends. Susan was a beautiful, strong Christian young woman. May her family be comforted in Christ during this difficult time. May her life be a testimony to many.

Theresa Miranda

July 23, 2013

I remember Susan from High School and I am saddened to hear of her passing. What I remember most of all is her kind and loving eyes. I will keep Susan's Family in my prayers and I know they will find comfort in their faith and love of our Heavenly Father.

LISA HARRIS

July 22, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with this beautiful lady. She was very spunky, loved her job and very knowledgeable. I loved talking to her and watching those blue sparkly eyes.
May god bless you during this difficult time.Thank you for sharing Susan's journey on the blog. Mike is a wonderful writer. She will be missed.

Joyce DeKreek

July 22, 2013

These women of faith seem like they are cut short in their journey but I'm reminded that God has perfect timing and commands the first and last breath. Susan lived her life for Christ and grew in faith as she learned just what that meant these last few years. He knows she has served Him well. She is assured her inheritance into the kingdom and we must find a way to process this all. The task of releasing is exhausting and nothing seems quite normal but God is a good healer and restores. May angels surround Mike and the family during this time and experience the healing of the one and only comforter.

Kim Goldsmith

July 22, 2013

I was so saddened to learn of Susan's passing, but we know that she is now completely wrapped in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. She will be missed but she will not be forgotten, and her legacy will live on. We are all better for having known her.

Tammy Nelson

July 22, 2013

I remember Susan from High School, always spunky and cheerful. Heaven gained an amazing Angel; may she Rest in Paradise!!

Suzanne McAllister

July 21, 2013

I only knew Susan through this blog. I lived next door to Mike during our high school years. She is a beautiful woman and touched so many lives. We learn so much about spirituality, God, Heaven and family when we are faced with losing someone we love so much. It has been wonderful to see that faith in these love letters. Thank you for sharing and God Bless your family as you journey on through life and prepare to reunite with her in the future.