Suellen Shick
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 28, 1942
  • Date of passing: Apr 9, 2017
Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all.


The celebration of life service will be held at
John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, 
898 Old Route 119 N, Indiana, PA 15701. 
The service will be at 1pm on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Suellen asked that in lieu of flowers please donate to veterans by clicking

                    In the drop down box select the Kovener Foundation challenge grant.                                         The foundation will match all funds that  are generated.                         Suellen was a tireless advocate for veterans let us honor her memory !!  

PLEASE, share your thoughts on the "about" tribute page and feel free to upload a favorite picture to share with all her friends and family. 

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Suellen Shick, 74, born on November 28, 1942 and passed away on April 09, 2017. We will remember her forever. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Toni Zanakis Linta on 9th April 2018

"Still missed and still in my heart.
I know you are in a better place with our Lord!
Love you always!"

This tribute was added by Paul Stasko on 28th November 2017

"Suellen was a trailblazer!   She was the first female Elk in our West Central district.  And she set a standard for all Elks!  I miss her smile and her laugh and all her contributions to make the Elks a better organization!"

This tribute was added by Carol Hutson on 21st April 2017

"Mark & I met Suellen through the Elks and we connected to her immediately.  She was always laughing and having a good time.  The way life should be.  Our sincere sympathy to the Shick family for their loss.  Her passing leaves a big empty space in our lives."

This tribute was added by Sandy Kinter on 20th April 2017

"My sister Judy and I want to express our deepest sympathy to  the Shick family. Our families friendship goes back several generations.
However, we got to know Suellen so well through the Elks. It was certainly our pleasure to have known her and to have been a part of the many events and  activities that she spearheaded.

Suellen gave so much of herself to everything she touched. And she left her mark on so many people. She was one of a kind. Judy and I feel honored to have been able to call her a friend.

If there's an Elks Lodge in Heaven, I know Suellen will be the lady in charge...lining up volunteers, cheering up the veterans, and scheduling more events.

Suellen, you will be missed, but you will never be forgotten"

This tribute was added by Lorre Thomas on 16th April 2017

"I met Suellen through the Elks. She left me with wonderful memories of some really good times. We ran Sunday nite Bingo together, bus trips to Johnstown Elks, golf tournaments, and so much more. Her laughter and love for life were contagious, always busy always doing for others. I will forever hold you dear to my heart. I will miss you my friend. Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Bill Madey on 15th April 2017

"Our family will always remember Suellen fondly, she always asked about our daughters and especially during the Elk's Hoop Shoot that our daughters did for 4 years.  We loved the pictures she would take and share with us.  I especially enjoyed her post on Facebook about our family and all of our crazy activities. RIP Suellen"

This tribute was added by Debbie Pilat on 15th April 2017

"I met Suellen when I joined the Elks.  I found her to be a caring and loving person.  She truly cared about others and showed it in her everyday life.  RIP Suellen you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Tammy Curry on 15th April 2017

"I immediately took to Suellen when we met nearly 40 years ago. At first, that big laugh took me by surprise, but boy it grew on you! She never let you down when needed. A true indicator of her commitments were her dedication to the Elks, and our Veterans. I always said she peed purple! There were ups and downs for sure, but she hung in there, regardless. That was how deep her dedication ran.
Every time I see Hello Kitty, I will laugh and think about our carrying on over that damn kitty!
I still cannot wrap my mind around this all. Her absence will be evident in so many lives. But, till we meet again, I will hold on to the memories.
And, I will use that red pen, Suellen! Only we know that one!

I love and miss you my friend.  :(

Love, The Brat"

This tribute was added by Daniel Kunkle on 14th April 2017

"I am not much for words but all I can say is we shall meet we shall miss her and will be a vacant chair God bless Sue Ellen and all her family and friends RIP""

This tribute was added by Daniel Kunkle on 14th April 2017

"I am not much for words but all I can say is we shall meet we shall miss her and will be a vacant chair God bless Sue Ellen and all her family and friends RIP""

This tribute was added by Alphonse Novels on 13th April 2017

"I admired the dedication, devotion and passion Suellen had as a volunteer and member of various organizations. I will miss her laughter and wicked sense of humor. RIP."

This tribute was added by Isie Randall on 13th April 2017

"I knew Sue from Marion Center High School, same grade as I but I didn't get to know her well as we were taking different courses.  I just want to offer my condolences and my expression of sympathy to Sue's family and friends. She passed too young but God has a plan for all of us.  Lord God, help us to endure."

This tribute was added by TINA FEDORUK on 12th April 2017

"I met Suellen about 11 yrs ago & we had been friends ever since ! She was a great mentor when it came to guiding me through the rules & regs of the Elks. I learned so much from her. I will miss u my friend.....Till we meet again!!!!"

This tribute was added by LAURIE BURBA on 12th April 2017

"Suellen you were such a kind caring person! You were what made the Elks club enjoyable...Will sure miss chatting with you...You sure earned your angel wings..."

This tribute was added by Wendell Murdick on 12th April 2017

"Wendell was a life member of the Lodge and when he died, Suellen provided me with a courtesy membership card so that I could still  enjoy Bar Bingo or whatever.  While wintering in AZ, I used it at the Apache Junction Elks so that Willadene,another widow, and I could have  dinner there. We had a drink to her. And she never had to experience being a widow. Bless her then and her family now."

This tribute was added by Marie Shick on 12th April 2017

"Suellen was my mother in law but she was much more, too. We were both loud with original laughs. She would make me laugh ALL the time. I love her much. She was always honest and said it as she saw it and I respected her for that. Her heart was big and she was a loyal friend. I will miss her very much. But when I look at Tammy I will, at times, allow myself to see Suellen (not hard to do for sure)!"

This tribute was added by NANCI DONATO on 12th April 2017

"I will always remember Suellen for her dedication to the Elks.  She always went above and beyond, giving her all to each project.  She will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Richard Palmer on 12th April 2017

"Suellen, your laughter was always heard before you were seen. It can never be replaced or copied. It was a joyful sound never to be forgotten. You served the Indiana Elks in so many ways for so many years and Rick & I always appreciated your dedication. Even if we didn't have a personal conversation while we were at the Elks, before you left you always said "It's been great talking with you!" Rest in peace friend."

This tribute was added by Jimi Payne on 12th April 2017

"When I heard the news of Aunt Sue's passing, my heart was utterly broken in two. Being in Houston, we never got to "hang out", but her precious sense of humor and spunky personality kept me on my toes and smiling when connected on social media.  I looked forward to our "chats" and almost daily bantering or commenting on some silly thing or another. May God welcome you into his loving arms and I know that, now, you are with Bud and the ancestors who we loved so much.  Rest in peace, dear Auntie.  Thank you for being a part of my life even though over the miles. My heartfelt prayers to Uncle John and the family."

This tribute was added by Gerald Chutorich on 12th April 2017

"I'm sad to here of her passing. I will always remember how much she liked when I sang Elvis songs, always had a smile on her face.
God Bless

This tribute was added by Sandy Wingard on 12th April 2017

"suellen was such a kind spirit. If she liked you ,you never had to worry but don't make her mad. I always told her I am soooo glad you are my friend. I cut her long hair off at her request. She wanted to surprise john and that she did. He thanked me for making his wife so beautiful. Suellen you will be greatly missed"

This tribute was added by DENNIS MABON on 12th April 2017

"Suellen had probably the largest heart and most infectious laugh of anyone I ever met.  The Elks and veterans have lost a strong crusader and tireless worker for their causes.  She will be sorely missed by many friends and those whose lives she touched.  My sympathy to John and her entire family."

This tribute was added by Cherise Cunningham on 12th April 2017

"Tom and I had a lot of fun with Suellen and you over the past years.  We had our share of troubles too, but in this time of sorrow, we send you our deepest sympathy and love.  We are still in FL but will see you soon."

This tribute was added by JEAN REEFER on 12th April 2017

"John, my deepest sympathy is sent with the hope that as time goes by cherished memories will help bring you inner peace.   May the  memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart.  Suellen was such a fun loving person, she and her laughter will surely be missed by all who knew her."

This tribute was added by DAVE WATSON on 12th April 2017

"When I joined the Elks, it was Sue who I first met, and I heard her laugh before I actually saw her.  Here's to Sue, who remembered everything and laughed with everyone!  God Bless."

This tribute was added by Gina Marano-Lehman on 12th April 2017

"Suellen had a way of making every situation a little bit better! Her smile and laughter was contagious! She helped me through some tough times. Love you Suellen!!"

This tribute was added by Bonnie Reid on 12th April 2017

"To Tamara and Mike: We may not have known your mother, but we can tell that she was a wonderful woman by the daughter she has raised.  We love you and our hearts and prayers continue to be with you during this time.  Love Bonnie and Clyde (aka SC mom and dad)"

This tribute was added by Jason Johnson on 11th April 2017

"Sue and I met while taking a photography class in around 1988 I think. I was still in HS. We shared many laughs in that class and for many years after. Her laughter and bigger than life personality filled any room that she entered. Sue always encouraged me in my photography business. We even attended a few seminars together over the years. We had lunch when I was back home last summer visiting. It was so nice to see her and John. I still can't believe that she is gone. I'll keep her and her family in my heart forever. I wish I could be there for her memorial. We are on vacation this week, but my heart will be there with you all."

This tribute was added by Linda Butler on 11th April 2017

"I have known Suellen my entire life.  I feel so blessed to have had her as one of my friends.  Suellen was a true friend, honest and outspoken, and yet the most caring person you could ever find.  I admired her so much!  We will celebrate her for years to come and remember her love for others and her life . . . RIP my dear friend.  Dan & I will miss you, but never forget you."

This tribute was added by Judy George on 11th April 2017

"Lisle and I met Suellen through the Elks and he did a lot of traveling with her for Elks functions etc.  I became the Elks Treasurer and she and I worked together a great deal.  I always called her Susie Q.  We talked almost daily and went through many things together.  She would do anything for anyone and went way beyond what was necessary for the Elks.  She provided the food for installations without ever asking for a cent among the many other things she did.  I treasure the time I spent with her and will forever miss her and that wonderful laugh.  She was one of the finest people I have ever met and we loved her dearly!"

This tribute was added by Nancy and Paul Cassisi on 11th April 2017

"Paul and I met Suellen when Mike and Tamara got married.  We spent quite a bit of time with her and family that week, making favors and getting things ready for the big day.   We remember her infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor.   We see that same "spark" in Tam's eyes, every time she smiles.   She'll never be forgotten, because anyone who knew and loved her, will carry her in their hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Gerda Martin on 11th April 2017

"My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family
I have known Suellen for awhile, friends on FB first thru the Elks. I met Suellen the first time in New Orleans, I seen her again in Indianapolis and Houston, Tx. She was a great person, so funny but also a wonderful friend. I am so taken back about her passing. I will miss her.
Gerda Martin, Madisonville Elks Lodge 738"

This tribute was added by Steven Linta on 11th April 2017

"Suellen was many things to many people. Most of all she was the best kind of friend that anyone could ever ask for. She had one of the biggest hearts that I have ever found in a person. She always called me her adopted son, and my wife Toni her adopted daughter, and we called her our second mom. Suellen was one incredible lady and will leave a large void in so many peoples lives now that she is gone from his world. She was known to so so many people though her charitable deeds that she worked so hard on for all the years I have known her. My father who passed away this past January, on the same day as Suellen's brother, had the pleasure of meeting her several times and always said that she was full of life and loved her laugh! They talked often via email to one another and he loved hearing from her. I can say that I have a large empty space in my heart, and that God above has a very special angel that came home to rest. I will miss her dearly but she will always be alive in my memories of all the good times that were spent with her. In that way she will never be gone. May God bless all of her family and friends with his grace to help them in their time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Terri Lynn on 11th April 2017

"I have known Suellen most of my life. She was an outstanding photographer and was always the life of the party. Her laugh was infectious. Rest In Peace, and give my dad (Wally) a kiss for me. I'm sure you two will stir things up! My deepest condolences to John and the family. ❤️ You will be missed always!"

This tribute was added by Toni Zanakis Linta on 11th April 2017

"Suellen was a true friend in every sense of the word. I felt as if we were family and I loved her very much. She was a bright light in this dark world and she always understood me. I admired Suellen for her strength and  her ability to push forward through her tough times in her life. She was like a second mother to me and I will miss her more that words can express. Suellen will always be a part of me and I will always keep her in my heart. I love you Suellen and I know you are with the Lord and all his glory. xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by George Bieger on 11th April 2017

"Suellen and I disagreed on politics and many, many things.  But, we always laughed at our disagreements.  I think the only things we agreed on were support for veterans, baseball, and anchovy pizza.  We were supposed to share an anchovy pizza, but never got around to it.  Lesson learned!  Where ever you are Suellen, save me a slice."

This tribute was added by Danielle Phillips on 11th April 2017

"We did not know you long but we love your sense of humor and honesty.  We see your wit, humor, and even your sarcasm every day in your daughter.  Your legacy will live on in those that you have loved and those that you have helped.  The mark you have left on this world will not be forgotten and we will cherish every moment we had with you.  From Steve & Danni Phillips"

This tribute was added by Mike Leach on 11th April 2017

"My mother passed away along time ago. Sue filled that hole in my life and was my "adopted mother". I feel very fortunate to have met her. Sue was the one of the most caring and giving person I have ever met.  I am a better person today for knowing her. I will always remember her love of life and that infectious laugh. We love and miss you Suellen. RIP"

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