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Suzie Lim

July 27, 1988February 25, 2021
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LIM, Suzie, 32, of Bogota, NJ, passed away on Thursday, February 25th, 2021. Suzie is survived by her significant other Philip Larochelle; her mother Hyeran Vukas; and her brother Michael Vukas. She is predeceased by her beloved grandmother Boo-jun Hong.

Suzie was full of life and loved adventurous activities. She often ice skated in her spare time, practicing jumps and turns. She had a passion for roller derby, making the Garden State Rollergirls team in 2019. She was known to the team as "Sue-Nami" and practiced three times a week. Suzie loved traveling, especially to the beach so she could swim as far out in the ocean as she could. She loved spending time in South Korea with her extended family as well. During the stay-at-home order, Suzie dedicated her free time to crafting, cooking, and fostering kittens, helping them prepare for adoption.

The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ on Wednesday, March 3rd from 4-8 PM with a private cremation to follow. Donations can be made in Suzie's name to the organization Skate for Change, which is a network of skaters dedicated to handing out water, food, and hygiene kits to people experiencing homelessness.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, March 12, 2021

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Christine Larochelle

March 4, 2021

I’ve known Suzie for almost eight years as my brother’s girlfriend, and best friend. And for me, she truly became a sister. I honestly became their permanent 3rd wheel. When I think of friend groups I want to hang out with, Phil and Suzie were always at the top. She was so sweet, funny and always a great host. She would always indulge our antics, whether it was coming out for the first weekend release of a Marvel movie and a dinner/nerd discussion after - when she hated superhero movies. Or doing a video game or board game night. Or a fun night out in the city, jersey or a party at my apartment. Most of my close friends all knew and loved Suzie too.

What I loved about her most was that even though she was so small, she was so full of life. My brother and I are definitely not the most risky type of people - we love our comfort and what we know. But Suzie always pushed us to try new experiences. We traveled as a group a few times - our last trip we flew to was in Mexico. And Suzie pushed us to do this day trip that included activities like cliff jumping, rappelling into a cave, kayaking, zip lining and falling from height into water and swimming for what felt like miles. We were so nervous coming up with so many excuses but she was like well I’m going regardless. So we got our nerve and went. And it was the best day of the trip! The most unforgettable. We have many moments like that with her. Sometimes we would hang out just the two of us - I remember when she brought me to my first Korean Spa and she had me going into the hottest and coldest saunas in the place. Of course I was apprehensive and didn’t want to at first. I appreciate all the time she took to spend with me and really take me in as a friend and sister, helping me grow past fears and inhibitions.

I am thankful to have had the time to have known and loved her as apart of my family. And I’m so grateful she found her passion in skating. I miss Suzie so much!!

Miguel Manalo

March 4, 2021

I lost my friend last week.

Suzie and Phil were there for me when I was stuck in a deep, dark hole for a long time. I wasn’t seeing or talking to friends or my sister or anyone. A very happy memory of us together from that time was on my birthday. Phil and I had just completed a raid and the three of us got hot pot(?) to celebrate. I hadn’t seen anyone in a while or been out. But we ate, we talked. I felt better and connected again.

A lot of my happy memories of Suzie are in their apartment. Playing games, eating, making jokes, just... enjoying the company.

She sent me a congratulations package in January for graduating Codesmith filled with noodles and care products. I sent her a picture each day of the prepared food and my thoughts on it. They were all delicious.

I’ll be there for Phil to support and love him as he continues on.

I will miss joking around with Suzie.
I’ll miss talking about food with her.
I’ll miss the talks on the long drives we took to derby practice.

I loved Suzie.

Where she is, she’s got all the kittens and noodles and places to skate she could ever want.

Abhijit & Spoorthi Bhatta

March 3, 2021

Suzie was an AWESOME person. She had a huge heart and showed it any chance she could. Suzie was always ready to go all in with you, whether it be in conversation, a night out with friends or one spin on 36 red. She was what we call in Kannada a "churkk mensinkayi", which means a small but potent chili, she packed a punch!!

Michelle Stanzione

March 3, 2021

Sue I have such good crazy memories with you. The good the bad the ugly. Ha ha. You took me to my first bar, we had quite a few sleepovers, you were one of the only friends who showed up my 22nd bday party. You had a genuine heart. I wish we could’ve had at least one more chance to get together. You will be so very missed. Rest In Peace. Xoxo.

Bethie Marescot Rodriguez

March 2, 2021

"In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never not have that chance again."
—UNKNOWN AUTHOR

There are no words to express the heartbreak brought on by this devastating loss. Suzie has been a member of our family for the past 8 years and in that time, we have shared some wonderful times and memories that I will always cherish. I will miss her fearlessness, which really scared me at times...I remember being in a panic when she swam out so far into the ocean in the Bahamas, but to Suzie, it was no big deal.
My son loved Suzie, and we did too. The joy that she brought to our lives will always be remembered and cherished.
Sleep in peace Suzie, you will be sorely missed.

Kao Unesaki

March 2, 2021

I miss you, Susie. When I visited NJ, Susie have done lots of nice things for me. Susie spoke English in a way that was easy to understand for me who couldn’t speak English well and said that she would teach me English. I'm really delighted to hear that. She was always nice with a smile. That's what I like about her. I’m glad to see her. May she rest in peace.

David Muzio

February 28, 2021

My deepest condolences to Phil, Susie's family, and friends. I will always remember Susie as a fun loving, kind person with a clever wit. Susie always had us in stitches with her jokes and kept us on our toes with her skills on our many game nights. Susie will be missed dearly by us all. Rest in peace.

Lori Jane Antista

February 28, 2021

I will never forget when I first met Suzie. She was friendly, engaging, and just overall a wonderful human. She had a great sense of humor and always had me laughing. When she and Phil became a couple, I was so excited I’d get to see her more often. We, along with a few others became a very tight knit group, spending weekends together often. When I’d show up to a dinner or event, I would look for Suzie immediately. She made me, and everyone around her, feel at ease.

She was genuine, honest, and real. Suzie was a great friend. She made sure to keep in touch with me always and check in. Throughout happy and challenging times in each of our lives, we always maintained contact, even in the pandemic. In one of our last conversations, she told me how she couldn’t wait to see people again and hang out.

I will never forget her drive and determination , especially in her goals to participate in roller derby. I will always remember her thoughtfulness and creativity. She truly was talented. I will forever be inspired by her adventurous spirit and kind heart. Suzie will be deeply missed in a way I can’t quite articulate. I will never forget her and the beautiful energy she put forth in this world.

Jennifer Jesse

February 27, 2021

I met Suzie in 2018 at the Garden State Roller Derby fresh meat program. We were both very new and became skating friends very fast, practicing together whenever we could. She always picked me up and drove me home from practices, asking for nothing in return. We shared our hopes and insecurities with each other about wanting to pass our assessments and fit in at the league, even though I knew she could effortlessly skate circles around us. I admired her confidence, both at practices and parties, and she inspired me to be more brave.

When practices were called off due to COVID we still stayed in touch. The last time we hung out was in September 2020 when we went to a skate park. When Suzie invited me, I was going through something personal that was still very fresh, and she listened and convinced me that it would be good for me to get out for a bit. I'm glad I did go with her. After dropping me off at home, I began to cry in her car while telling her more about what I was going through. She was patient and warm and let me sit there for as long as I needed to, telling me that everything would be okay.

I still can't believe she's gone, but I will be forever grateful that she was my friend, and everything that she's done for me.

I love you, Sue-nami.

Hitty.

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