Susan Gordy EPSTEIN
July 20, 1954 – June 22, 2020
SUSAN K. GORDY (EPSTEIN), 65, of Chicago and Aspen, died June 19, 2020 in an automobile accident near Aspen, Colorado after a morning hike with women friends on a beautiful Rocky Mountain day. Susan is survived by her devastated husband of 39 years, David A. Epstein. A 1981 graduate of Kent Law School, Susan had a long career in the banking industry. She began her career at First National Bank of Chicago, initially as a First Scholar and ultimately as an executive vice president. She later worked at her own consultancy, SKG and Associates, and then for LaSalle Bank and its parent ABN-AMRO (Netherlands). In recent years, she was a managing director at The Chicago Corporation, was a consultant to the Bank of Chatsworth (Illinois) and other businesses, and served on the Board of Directors of the Johnson Financial Group (Wisconsin). Susan divided her time between Chicago and her and David's home in Aspen, a place she loved dearly. Born in Canajoharie, New York, Susan grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. She attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona. Susan met her husband David, also a lawyer, when she was a lobbyist intern in Springfield in the late '70s. At that time David was the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives. Susan served many years on the Board of Trustees at Roosevelt University. Susan worked on the 2004 campaign of Barack Obama as the co-head of the campaign's Women's Groups. She declined to join the Obama administration, choosing instead to remain in Chicago and Aspen with David, from whom she was rarely separated for more than a few days. An avid and excellent skier, as well as a lifelong tennis player, Susan was an active supporter of art, music, charitable, and women's organizations, as well as the Jesse White Tumblers. In winter, she regularly donated clothes and food to Chicago homeless men and women. A vibrant, warm and generous person who exuded positivity, Susan was a mentor to many young professionals, as well as to several god-children and nieces and nephews, especially nephew Grant Gordy now of Brooklyn. Also surviving Susan are her sister Jane West of O'Fallon, Missouri., and brothers Richard Gordy, of Ft. Collins, Colorado and Thomas Gordy, of Chicago. Interment is at Westlawn Cemetery on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. The short interment service will be private but will be live streamed on Facebook. Go to the Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home Facebook page to view the service. A toast to Susan's life and spirit and ever-present smile will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday June 29th in Lincoln Park outdoors (subject to rain) at the Bacino's Grille at the Diversey Ave. golf driving range. (Limited to 50 masked persons at a time.)
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Susan Gordy EPSTEIN
Miriam Kritzer Van Zant
July 1, 2020
Susan Gordy Epstein was born the same year I was. This is something I did not realize until years later. She was poised, mature, already successful in her own right, kind, and seemed to flow effortlessly through life, since we met in our 20's. At the time, she was engaged to my first cousin, David Epstein. At first, she reminded me of a live Barbie doll. Perfect looking, and appropriately put-together, elegant from every angle. She immediately gained my respect, for her intelligence, determination, accomplishments, and work ethic, in our first conversation. It was just the tip of the iceberg of her ability and success at living. One time, we saw each other on a Chicago sidewalk, near their home. She was running errands on skates at the time. She was wearing shorts, with knee and elbow pads, and cradled a helmet while we greeted each other. Susan was among the first to use roller skates regularly to commute Chicago's streets. She and David were fiercly loyal to each other. Their mutual love and devotion were an inspiration to others. My beloved Aunt Esther, David's mother, and my father, Abraham Kritzer, also loved her dearly, as we all still do. I am sad she is gone, though glad she was doing what she wanted to, even on her last day. Somewhere, Susan is skating her way through the next reality, smiling, as she radiates joy and appreciation, and improves whatever she puts her mind to.
June 29, 2020
I knew Susan from my time in Springfield and I knew David since high school at U-High. Susan was so bright, charming and outgoing, such a pleasure to be with even in a passing "hello". I know David is devastated and in learning this terrible news so was I. I'm so sorry for David and Susan's siblings and family. I know that in time, some measure of their sorrow will be replaced by loving memories of the times they shared together. G_d bless her soul.
June 28, 2020
David, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. But you were so fortunate to have such a long and loving bond with Susan and your memory of her will continue to sustain you in the days and years ahead.
June 28, 2020
David and family, please accept my sincere condolences. What a wonderful, joyous, beautiful neighbor and person was Susan.
June 27, 2020
I didn't know Susan for a long time, but she was so vibrant and engaging, it seemed like a much longer friendship. She will be missed by so many; I look forward to meeting her again one day.
Honey & Howard Rosenfeld
June 27, 2020
It seems we always used to see both of you in the alley between our homes. Susan was such a joy to be with, always upbeat and positive.
Our very deepest sympathy for your loss.
June 26, 2020
To David and Family. I was saddened to hear of Susan's unfortunate accident. Although I never met your lovely wife, I know how close you were during many wonderful years of marriage. Please know I will keep her in my prayers. May she rest in peace and may her memory be forever eternal.
June 25, 2020
Sunning at the state house inn swimming pool, talking about both good and bad people we knew and mostly liked, having dinner in chicago with david and harry over the years, celebrating birthdays when we could.—every thing better with Susan there.