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Date of Birth: February 10, 1952

Date of Death: February 04, 2019

Suzanne Schroeder, 66, passed away at home in Phoenix, Arizona on February 4, 2019 surrounded by her family. Suzanne was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 10, 1952 to Donald and Dorothy (Rawlins) Faix. She was the second of seven children and the eldest of five daughters. Suzanne was raised in Cleveland and graduated from Holy Name High School. She met her husband of 45 years, Laurence Lee Schroeder through her co-worker and father-in-law-to-be, Charles Schroeder, when she was 21. Suzanne and Laurence married soon after on April 27, 1974. They welcomed three sons, Laurence, Sloan and Jonathan. Suzanne and her family lived in many different states across the continent including Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia due to Laurence’s job transfers. Suzanne and Larry finally settled in Phoenix, Arizona in October of 2011. Suzanne held numerous jobs while raising their sons. Among these were aerobics instructor, school bus driver, phone book delivery person, caterer, bartender and telephone switchboard operator. Once her sons were old enough, Suzanne followed in her mother’s footsteps and stepped into the pursuit of her dream of becoming a nurse. She began nursing school at Jackson Community College, and graduated as a registered nurse at 40 years of age, at the same time that her eldest son was graduating from high school. Suzanne spent several years as a home care nurse. She also was a critical care nurse at Foote Hospital (now known as Henry Ford Allegiance Health) in Jackson, Michigan and was part of the specialized PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) team at Virginia Commonwealth University Health in Richmond, Virginia. With her diverse work experiences, ability to adapt, and to work with anyone, she began her work in Arizona at the Mayo Clinic as a float nurse, supporting nearly every area in the hospital. Suzanne was well regarded and highly respected by her colleagues at Mayo as well as by her patients, and for the last three years she worked exclusively in Mayo’s Orthopedic Surgery Department. Among her extended family and large group of friends and colleagues, Suzanne has always been known as the most positive person. The definition of “cup half-full,” Suzanne saw the good in everything and brought out the best in everyone. The permanent big smile on her face could lift anyone’s spirits. Suzanne’s gift to make everyone feel good will be very missed. Suzanne is survived by her husband, her sons and her daughters-in-law, Lily, Kristin and Simona, her beloved granddaughters, Rhona and Sienna, her four sisters and their husbands Charlotte and Don Wilson, Donna and Larry Price, Madeline and Robert Barger, Patty and Matt Howard, brother, Michael and his wife, Debbie, plus an extended group of nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends across the United States, and her irrepressible dog, Brutus. She was preceded in death by her parents and her elder brother, Richard Faix.

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Her life will be celebrated in private at home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Red Cross Disaster Relief.