Susan Marilyn Mogerman

June 11, 1945July 15, 2021

Susan Marilyn Mogerman (Strom), 76, of Springfield, passed away on July 14, 2021. She was born in Chicago to David H. Strom and Sylvia Abelson Strom. She married Jay Mogerman in Chicago on July 6, 1967.

Susan is survived by her husband Jay, her sons Josh Mogerman (Jo-Elle) and Rob Mogerman, both of St. Louis, her grandson Isaiah, her brother Michael of Chicago, and a bevy of beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews spread across the country. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Dr. Terry Strom, of Boston.

Susan was born in Chicago where she was active in arts and dramatics through High School (South Shore). Early on, her artistic talents were recognized by a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago.

She attended the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism where she and her husband Jay met. Their first three years of marriage were spent in the Army, after which they moved to Springfield, where they have remained since 1970.

Susan was among the young journalists who started The Illinois Times weekly newspaper. Shortly thereafter she was appointed to Governor Jim Thompson’s press office, which began a long career of public service with the State of Illinois. She served more than a decade as the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency where she was long-involved in planning and developing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. She directed Downtown Springfield, Inc. before becoming the chief operating officer for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, helping to build and open the facility. She helped to establish the foundation’s Lincoln Leadership Prize which has been presented to luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and astronaut Jim Lovell. She was a member of Springfield’s Congregation Temple Israel, as well as its Sisterhood, and Hadassah.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m on Monday, July 19, 2021, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen Street. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Springfield - Mogerman Family Fund, or The Alzheimer’s Association and condolences may be left at


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    Monday, July 19, 2021



Susan Marilyn Mogerman

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Margot Strom

July 19, 2021

I will love Susan forever. !

Rebecca Freiman

July 19, 2021

I will miss all the fun times we had at the holidays joking and laughing having fun. I will miss you always Aunt Susan.

Kevin Wright

July 19, 2021

Jay and Family:
Susan's legacy will be long remembered by those she served and touched during her extraordinary public service career under three governors. With deepest sympathy for your loss.

Sandy and Saul Leibowitz

July 18, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Mogerman family. Susan’s accomplishments for the State of Illinois are only exceeded by her kindness to our daughter and her warmth when we met her. May her memory be for a blessing.

Gene Reineke

July 18, 2021

Susan was one of the most pleasant and smartest people that I had the wonderful opportunity to work with during my years in both the Thompson and Edgar administrations. Her sense of humor and
ability to ‘roll with the punches’ were always present in whatever situation she faced.
Susan was indeed the exact type of individual that the public service sector needs to help make government work the way it should for citizens.
While she and I were no longer in regular contact after I left the Governor’s office I will always remember her smile, laughter, and ability to ‘move forward’ in every situation she faced.
My wife Janice and I will keep her in our thoughts and prayers.
Gene Reineke

John Headrick

July 18, 2021

Dear Jay,

Energetic, professional, idealistic yet pragmatic--these are just several of Susan's qualities. Governor Thompson was very fortunate to have her input on his staff.

To each endeavor Susan assumed, she brought with her an electric personality, high values, thoughtful concepts and the know-how, vitality and verve to get things done. The word "can't" was never part of her parlance.

The City of Springfield, Sangamon County and the State of Illinois owe a great debt to Susan. A great lady with a giant and caring heart and vast visions, she was unique and will be sorely missed.

May God bless you, your family and Susan now and always. Sleep in peace Susan and Godspeed.

John Headrick
Springfield, IL

Jan Grimes

July 17, 2021

In my 25 years in state government I can't think of an agency director who was as universally loved and respected as Susan. And if the weren't enough, her presence in a meeting guaranteed some laughs. In short, she was kind and supportive during my own tenure at IHPA. She was a class act in every way.

Condolences to Jay and the family.

Evelyn Yurdin

July 17, 2021

Though our paths have not crossed in years, I remember Sue well. A bright, energetic doer with a huge and beautiful smile.
To Jay and all her family my deepest condolences

Jill Lasker

July 17, 2021

Susan was my older cousin, we were 2 girls plus 7 boys as first cousins. I always admired her greatly! I remember going to her high school musical theater productions where she had starring roles. She was smart, hilariously funny, and even more so when she married Jay, creative and loved her family. She took great care of her mother who also had Alzheimer's. I am glad my family had the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum with Susan, something of which she was so proud. I also admire Jay's devotion to Susan and his tender, loving care.

Bill Friedman

July 17, 2021

Dear Jay and Family,
I was saddened indeed to read of your dear Susan’s death, in a notice sent on to me by Jim Krohe.
You may recall I was the founding publisher of Illinois Times. As such, I had the personal and professional pleasure of working with Susan in the paper’s early days. Those were difficult times, what with the J-R breathing down our backs. But Susan’s enthusiasm, good humor and wonderful can-do attitude never flagged. Her section of the paper, unique in Central Illinois, counted among the publication’s strongest points. Susan’s work really helped to put the paper on the map.
I know you will miss her deeply and I send you all my sincere condolences.
Bill Friedman