Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL


Susan Marie Ledden

January 28, 1959February 14, 2017

Susan Marie (Harms) Ledden passed away February 14th in the loving presence of her husband, Jim.

She is survived by: her adoring husband of 35 years, Jim; much-loved sons Jason and Kevin; mother, Norma Harms; brothers John (Pat), Jim (Wanda), David (Kathy), Mark (Donna), and sister Joyce. She is further survived by nieces and nephews Aaron, Carrie, Becky, Cindy, Adam, Ben, Brian, and Luke; grand nieces and nephews Tomas, Nathaniel, Julian, Ethan, Taylor, Emmber, and Asher as well her godparents Geraldine and Bob Gasaway, and numerous cousins and dear friends.

Susan will be remembered for her strong sense of family, especially sitting around the table telling jokes and family stories. She loved a good walk or hike outdoors, had a keen sense of exploration and travel adventures, and was a passionate reader. Her good friends were important to her; her deep love for her two boys unquestioned, and her foundation was her friendship with her loving husband.

Growing up in central Illinois, Susan attended Western Illinois University (WIU) where she earned her degree in analytical chemistry and met her future husband, Jim. She landed a job immediately out of school working for The Upjohn Company (now Pfizer Inc.) in Kalamazoo, MI, where she worked for 35 years and was widely respected by her peers.

Susan was a chocolate connoisseur - decades before it became fashionable - earning her the nickname "Chocolate Sue" before she was 11 years old. The family thanks the caring staff at Rose Arbor Hospice Center, with special thanks to Dr. Marcia Liepman, Kalamazoo Cancer Center.

Services will take place at Our Saviors Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 with visitation starting at 9:30am, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 am. Rev. Joshua T. Traxel will officiate. A luncheon reception will follow at the church. A memorial service will be held in Kalamazoo at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the WIU Foundation to support the Women in Science program.

We love you and will miss you, Little One. Please visit www.bischfuneralhome.com to offer online condolences. Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 544-5424.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 18, 2017


Susan Marie Ledden

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March 7, 2017

Jim, so sorry for your loss. We just found about it last night. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Vickie And Deny Kosanke

Joe and Char Gleesing

March 4, 2017

My friend I can't tell you how saddened I was to hear about Sue. I am out of the loop since retiring and just heard last night. I can only wish you and your family the peace that can only come from God. I am out of town this weekend but I will be in touch soon. God bless.

William Restivo

March 4, 2017

Jim, Kevin and Jason, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord grant you a sense of peace during this time. Our hope and faith in knowing that Sue was loved and respected with her family, friends and co-workers will bring a comfort to you all.

Malto Amore - the Restivo family

Stefanie and Stefan Rud

February 21, 2017

Jim, we are very sorry to hear that Susan passed away.We wish you and your loved ones strength for these difficult times.Keep in mind the wonderful moments you shared. Our thoughts are with you.

JoLynn Palmer

February 20, 2017

Jim, Kevin and Jason, We are praying for your comfort and are so deeply sorry for your loss. JoLynn and Sean Palmer

Kristie (Lent) Shoulders

February 18, 2017

Jim, mom shared the news about your beloved wife Susan. I am so sorry for the world's loss. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Although I have never met you in person, I feel like I have through mom's stories and sharing about your family. My parents very much cherish your friendship and memories of your Alaskan adventure. They look forward to seeing you soon. May God bring you peace in the days ahead.

February 18, 2017

Nick and I were greatly saddened to hear of Susan's passing. Susan had a great life force and the we are all grateful to have known her. We hope you and your family find comfort and peace.

Shelley Miller and Nick Gerth

Norene Blackwell

February 18, 2017

My condolences and prayers to Sue's family. May God's Peace be with you all. I remember working with Sue at Upjohn (now Pfizer) and admired her for her calm and effective leadership.

Alexandria Osborne

February 18, 2017

I always remember her pleasant smile. My condolences.

Ann & Mark DiJulio

February 17, 2017

Jim, Kevin & Jason- we are so saddened and sorry for your loss of Susan. She certainly fought hard. Our love and thoughts with all of you.