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Suzanne Marie Surrell, age 59, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Sheridan and Stanton area, passed away at her home.  The daughter of Gerald Lee & Doris Marie (Tanner) Surrell, she was born on June 24, 1961 in Lynwood, California and was a 1980 graduate of Central Montcalm High School.  She then attended Montcalm Community College, where she was part of the first graduating class from the Registered Nurse program.

Suzie loved her nursing career and made it her life’s work, first working in hospitals, then nursing homes, for a county health department, and then with a federal agency before transitioning over to the United States Postal Service, where she worked for over 30 years as a nurse administrator…  first in the Greater Grand Rapids District, and most recently for Great Lakes District (covering five states).

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Surrell on September 4, 2020.  Surviving are her mother and step-father, Doris & Ken Pellow of Sheridan;  her step-mother, Diana Surrell;  step-sister, Barbara Pellow;  step-brother, Ken Pellow, Jr.;  an aunt, Janet & Jerry Waldorf;  many cousins and dear friends;  and her two cats.

Graveside committal services are at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, 8690 Storey Road (M-91), Belding, with the Rev. Jeff Williams, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, officiating.  Instead of flowers, Suzie would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Montcalm Community College to be used for the nursing program.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Suzie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. M E W on April 16, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I remember meeting Suzanne when I first came to work at the Post Office. She must have started about the same time that I did. She was hilariously straight forward and I liked that so much about her. Our careers took different paths and I didn’t see her again for years. Whenever I ran into her, she would speak to me like no time had passed at all. It was a pleasure having known her. Grieving is something that we all must experience. I pray that you, Suzanne’s family, can find your way through the grief and enjoy the fond memories that you have acquired through the years of knowing her. In the future, when you think of Suzanne, those tears will be replaced with warm thoughts and smiles. God bless you all and I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Mary Ellen Clery on April 17, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I am very sorry to hear that Suzanne has left the earth. I was blessed to work with Suzanne during her time at Central Montcalm High School. She was a passionate student and was involved in service and leadership opportunities where she worked to make our world a better place. It was my gift to know Suzanne and have her footprints on my heart, forever.
    Her life is an testimony to others that each of us can help our world, one person at a time. Thank you Suzanne, for changing mine. God Bless all of you as you walk on without Suzanne.

  3. PC on April 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I have enjoyed knowing and working with Suzanne, so sorry for your loss.
    Praying for you and your family!

    May God Continue to Bless You!!

  4. Joyce Lightfootwilliams on April 20, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    I am so sorry to here of Suzanne’s passing. She was a very good person and wonderful to work with. I remember her being the calm of the storm during our BDS Drill. I will surely miss her. My prayers for the family, and may Jehovah give you peace during this time of loss.

  5. Ahmedta Via, RN on April 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Suzanne’s knowledge and presence will forever be missed amongst the USPS Occupational Health Services team. Keeping her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers.

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