Susan Jean Austin passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on November 13th, 2021. Susan was born on November 22, 1953, in Wausau, WI where she lived happily with her husband Richard Austin of 48 years. Susan was an active member of the church for many years and raised her children as good Christians. Family was everything to Susan and gave her the most enjoyment. Her greatest joy in life was being a mother to her four children and their spouses: Becky & Joel, Brook & Jake, Bethany & Zach, and Benjamin & Karissa and grandmother, Uma, to their children where she spent most of her time, energy and love. She loved to spend time up north at their cottage and at Redneck Riviera. She and Richard treasured their time together in Arizona, escaping Wisconsin winters and enjoying the constant sun. Susan traveled all over the country with her family and cherished those pictures and memories. Susan would get out and enjoy anything that was thrown her way – concerts, events, field trips, roller coasters, mission trips, craft shows. She lovingly was there for many, providing patience and loving support.
Her passion and hobby besides being the best mom, Uma, sister, and wife on earth was hairdressing, both professionally and for the ones she loved. Many friendships were formed helping others look and feel their best with her positive supportive conversations. She had many hobbies that she was known for, most of which were based around enjoying the simplest and most beautiful things in life. She taught us to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, to look up at the stars, and smile. She was the best green thumb and master gardener and blessed us with her beautiful plants and flowers. She kept her bird feeders full so she could enjoy bird watching and we always marveled at how many she could identify. Another way she took care of the ones she loved was by being an excellent seamstress, blessing them with hand-sewn gifts, or just fixing something that they cared about. Susan loved going to garage sales and finding treasures, especially with her kids along to share the fun. We will forever smile when we hear her favorite song “Who The Hell is Alice” at 10:30 am every Sunday morning. We will remember her in so many of life’s small blessings and for that, we will forever be grateful to God for blessing us with such an amazing woman.
Susan is survived by her husband Richard Allen Austin, children Becky (Joel) Knight, Brook (Jake) Schira, Bethany (Zach) Ernst, Benjamin (Karissa) Austin, and her eight grandchildren Jilisa Austin, Katelyn (Jacob) Mathie, Levi Austin, Benelli & Bear Schira, Bazel & Irie Ernst, Finley Austin, her two great-grandchildren Samuel & Aspyn Mathie and her siblings, Tinker Cheyka, Jeff (Cathy) Morgan, Jane Morgan (Terry Lenzner), Bill Morgan, and Dan Morgan. She was preceded in death by her son, Billy, her parents, John & Ann Morgan, and her Godson Joshua Morgan.
The family would like to thank Aspirus Cancer Center and Aspirus Hospice for their exceptional care over the course of Susan’s illness.
The funeral service for Susan will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street, Wausau. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Wausau.
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