Susan LeMar

May 4, 1943May 12, 2020

Susan LeMar passed away in her home surrounded by family on May 12, 2020.

Susan was born on May 4, 1943 in Des Moines to Donald Vernon Chenoweth and Loretta Rose (Lynch) Chenoweth. She graduated from St. Joseph's Grade School in Des Moines and Assumption High School in Davenport. She was a good student and very artistically talented, exemplified by a love of music and singing. As one of six children, she helped care for her younger siblings. They remember her as sweet, kind, generous, humble and unassuming. She had a resiliency that garnered a profound respect and admiration from her family for her strength and independence.

Susan suffered rheumatic fever during her childhood and spent several months away from her family in a convalescent home. It was this experience that inspired her to pursue nursing. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1967. In the latter part of her career, she spent 30 years working in geriatric nursing. Susan often said her nursing career was meant to be as she received more than she gave. She told so many stories about her residents, it was evident how much she loved each and every one. In her retirement, she continued caring for others by babysitting children she adored. She proudly displayed their photos and artwork just as she had for her own grandchildren.

Loving her children and her grandchildren was the joy of Susan’s life. Family meant everything to her, and she loved generously. She cherished innumerable friendships throughout her life including her church group (Alpha at Hope WDM) and her alumni from grade school, high school, and nursing school. Susan is survived by her four children that she shared with Jerold Vernon LeMar: Jerold Curtis (Tammy), Joel Scott (Jennifer), Denise Ann (Barry Steim) and Angela Renee LeMar.

Besides her children, four siblings survive: Annie Reese, Michelle Chenoweth, Don (Gail) Chenoweth, and Dennis (Debbie) Chenoweth. They were incredibly close and shared many adventures. Susan is also survived by her grandchildren: Sara and Michael LeMar, Elizabeth and Ben LeMar, and Rachel and Claire Steim. Susan joins her sister Kelly (Chenoweth) Seaton and her beloved “prince,” grandson Sam LeMar.

She will be missed beyond measure.

A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled for a future date at Hope WDM . Donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor a cause dear to Susan, Make-A-Wish Iowa, in memory of her beloved grandson, Sam.


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Amy St Mikael

May 18, 2020

It's been many years since I met Susan. And she had the kind of personality that made a lifelong impression. I will never forget her twinkly eyes, warmth and infectious laugh. She was a joy to be around. And I see so many of her good qualities in Denise who is one of my most treasured beloved friends.
My heart goes out to all of you during this time.

Katrin Waples

May 18, 2020

We are so very very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time - our sincere sympathies. Lance and Katrin.

Janna Bender

May 17, 2020

Susan and I met at Lutheran Church of Hope in an Alpha class I hosted! She became my co host and we gained a friendship that lasted to the end! We shopped, went to lunches and dinners, joined our Alpha sisters once a month for lunch . We loved going to see flowers, Christmas lights, to Art in the park etc. we laughed and cried together like we had been life long friends! She was a true friend to me and all of our Sisters! She loved her kids and Grandkids and her brothers and sisters. I know she is busy settling in, reading her Bible and reconnecting with those she loved and her friends! I hope to see her again! Thanks to each of her family for the love and care you gave her, she knew just how blessed she was by each of you!

Jeannne Clark Bragg

May 17, 2020

Susan was my friend and classmate in Nursing School. There are just no words to describe the impact of her kindness and support. Her warm, kind, and beautiful smile was always a source of comfort to me and many others. 💐🌼

Susie Deghelder

May 15, 2020

I met Susie in nursing school and reconnected in the past few years on my trips to Des Moines to see my family. She was always one of the kindest, sweetest people I knew. I know she will be missed by her family and friends.

Mary Myers

May 15, 2020

Although Susie and I met in nurses training many years ago, we actually became closer in recent years. Throughout our years together in dorm life, she was always one of those friendly, smiling faces that could heal whatever needed healing... always gentle, kind and nurturing. You are missed here, dear friend, but so grateful that your suffering is over and that you are at peace and with your sweet grandson! May God bless and comfort your family and friends. 🙏❤️

Rebecca Maurer

May 15, 2020

I always admired Susies kindness, beauty and humor during our time at Mercy. We chatted at our class reunions and as good friends are we reconnected. We kept up on Facebook and we prayed together via this media. I know she will be a beautiful angel with our classmates who have passed as well as her dear grandson.

Mary Lou Hermann

May 14, 2020

Susie is one of my dearest friends. She loved with her whole heart. We met in 1964 at Mercy School of Nursing. She was a super nurse, mother and friend to all. I will miss my shopping buddy and our phone calls. Knowing she is at peace comforts me. Love you friend!

Fran Hatfield

May 14, 2020

I remember Susie as a classmate in nurses training. She was a cheerful young gal anxious to start a career of helping others. And she has been a blessing to many especially the aged and the young. So many happy memories. May she rest in eternal peace. God bless her and her family.


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