November 3, 1950 - November 27, 2016
San Antonio, Texas | Age 66
Susan Marie Brodeur was born November 3, 1950 in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Donald Joseph Brodeur and Therese Parmelie (Paul) Brodeur. She died peacefully in her home on November 27, 2016, after a three-year valiant battle with cancer.
Susan spent much of her formative years in San Antonio and graduated from Providence High School in 1969. She attended radiology school and worked as a radiology technologist for over 30 years. After moving back to San Antonio in 2008, she leveraged her medical knowledge and trained to be a medical coder. She worked for WellMed until the summer of 2014.
Susan met her spouse, Robin L. Jarvis in 1997. They had a wonderful life together and considered themselves married, even though they were not married legally until October 4, 2015. One of their favorite songs, Nothing Love Can't Do by Karla Bonoff sums up their relationship. "There ain't nothing love can't do. No mountain love can't move. So give your heart to that light that burns so bright, no matter what we go through. There ain't nothing love can't do."
Susan's parents and grandparents predecease her. In addition to Robin, many family and friends survive Susan. Her brothers, Ronald (Lynne), and Peter (Wanda), in-laws Melony (Peanut) and David (Judy). She and Robin were blessed with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews – Mica, Ronda (Tim) – Cole, Stella, and Lola, Ashley – Liam, Adam (Megan), Alvin (Jamey), Bill (Taylor) – Eleanor, Michael (Kristen) – Paxton, Kristin (Justin) – Bryer.
Sarah Hickman sings in We Are Each Other's Angels that "…we are each other's angels, and we meet when it is time. We keep each other going and we show each other signs." To that end, Susan has many "family of choice" people who are her angels – Deanie, Kathy, James, and Emma, Rhonda and Glenn, Charlene and Jim, Heather, Pat and Marilyn, and those wonderful women of the Half-Lit Book Club.
Susan had several passions in life. In addition to providing excellent customer service during her working years, she loved her dogs, most recently, Rusty. Rusty provided great joy to Susan and Robin and he predeceases Susan by 16 days. Her other great passion was music. She was a member of the Tapestry Singers (Austin) for 15 years. One of her favorite songs was a Quaker hymn, How Can I Keep from Singing. "No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I'm clinging. Since the Lord is Love of Heaven and Earth, How can I keep from Singing?" And, most of the time, when she was singing, she was tapping rhythms with her feet, her hands, and on any surface she could.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Porter Loring North.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation in Susan's memory could be made to one of the following organizations:
o Tapestry Singers – www.tapestrysingers.org – Susan sang with Tapestry for 15 years before we moved to San Antonio – music was one of her great passions
o St. Jude's Children's Hospital – www.stjude.org – because Susan believed that no child should have to have cancer…ever.