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Obituary: Suzanne Tollefson

As received from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel:

Suzanne Georgianna “Susie” Tollefson, age 77 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse with her loving family by her side. Susie was born in Alberta, MI on March 19, 1944, and eventually moved to L’Anse, with her parents, John “Bud” and Gloria (Sicotte) Watters, and her siblings.

Susie was blessed with a loving relationship with both of her parents, sisters, and brother. The younger generations admire the Watters clan their deep love and commitment to family. It is something to strive for and cherish.

She married James “Jim” Tollefson on July 20, 1963, and raised four children on the farm on Indian Cemetery Road. Jim preceded her in death on May 2, 2021. Susie will be remembered for her gracious heart, generosity and sense of humor. She had the incredible gift of making everyone who knew her feel loved. She listened with an open heart and open mind with her loved ones. She took care of those in need as a nurse’s aide and dedicated her time to raising her children and grandchildren. We believe that her presence and wit were her best attributes and greatest gifts. Susie loved her family, music, antiques, history, birds, fireflies, rummage sales, the Packers and Second Sand Beach.

After hearing of Susie’s passing, one family member said, “heaven just became a lot more fun and full of laughter.” She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

She is survived by her four children James Tollefson, Bridget (Jeff) Collins, Debra (Dave) Lehto, and Kathleen (Jay) LeClaire, seven grandchildren Amber Larson, Ashley Larson, Chelsey Yowell, Jimmy Collins, Jeff Collins, Erika Tollefson, and Kathleen Tollefson, and eight great grandchildren, sisters Joan and Bridget, and brother Joe, numerous nieces, nephews and loyal dog Larry. Susie was preceded in death by husband Jim, parents John and Gloria, father-in-law
and mother-in-law, Harriet & Arne, sisters Jeanne, Gloria, Virgie, and Mary, and brothers-in-law Jim Longman, Duke LaBerge, and Larry Menard.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Susie’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reidfuneralservicechapel.com

The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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