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Friday March 5th, 2021
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Susanne Manner

Susanne Elliott Manner, born May 5, 1947 in New York City, New York, passed away after a 100+ day courageous battle with Covid-19 on February 24, 2021 with family by her side.  

Susanne grew up in Summit, New Jersey with her parents, John and Lorraine Elliott (deceased) and her 2 siblings, Diane and Johnny.  After graduating from Summit High, Susanne headed to Decatur, Illinois to study Mathematics at Millikin University.  Susanne married her Millikin University sweetheart John T. Manner on August 26, 1967.

Susanne was blessed with three children:  Stephanie (Brent) Wagner, Bill Manner, and Mike (Julie) Manner.  Susanne “GG” also had eight beloved grandchildren:  JC, Hayden, Cordelia, Cormac, and Declan Wagner as well as Lily, Violet, and Rosalie Manner.

Susanne (along with her husband John) lived much of her life in Joliet, IL in a house neighboring her children’s homes.  She could frequently be spotted interacting with her grandkids or walking her dog Kipper through their adjacent backyards.  

Susanne was a natural athlete who spent much of her leisure time over the years playing tennis, skiing, and golfing.  Susanne holds numerous amateur golf club championship titles in multiple locations including 14 at the Joliet Country Club, as well as titles in Beaver Creek, Colorado and Florida.  Susanne formed many of her close friend groups at her favorite courses.  

Susanne loved to tackle interior decorating projects, cooked a mean lasagna, and put her sewing skills to the test creating some of the best Halloween costumes ever.  Susanne attended countless swim meets, football games, tennis matches, Christmas programs, and recitals to cheer on her kids and grandkids.  

Visitation will be at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home on Friday, March 5 from 2 –6pm.  Facemasks, social distancing and capacity restrictions will be observed. Funeral from the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:00 am to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. with a maximum capacity of 150 guests. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the University of St. Francis Women’s Golf and Tennis Teams or to the Joliet Catholic Academy Women’s Golf and Tennis Teams would be appreciated. For more information, please 815-744-4444.


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John and family: So sorry to hear about Susanne, she certainly was a fighter. We will keep her in our prayers. Take comfort in the fact that she is safe, out of pain, and in the arms of the Lord.

Kevin & Robin Russell Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

We held a small memorial to my sister Sue in Stockholm, Sweden today in a national park since we can't travel to the funeral because of the pandemic. I am posting a few pictures of our little memorial of myself and my daughters. We told stories about Sue and I must admit we got choked up at times. So many beautiful memories of my wonderful sister Susie, we will never forget you.

John Elliott Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I so appreciate and will continue fond memories of Sue's hospitality to Easterseals as we worked together to spread the good news of services to people with disabilities. Blessings to the entire family.
Deb Condotti
President CEO
Easterseals Joliet Region

Debra Condotti Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

It's hard for many of us to accept the fact that Sue is gone, as she was a "dynamo" in all aspects of her life. Years ago, I was lucky enough to be Sue's doubles partner at the Joliet Tennis Club. I remember that this extremely gifted athlete could turn a tennis match, which we were losing, into a win with a forehand hit that was almost impossible to return. I know she must have used that same determination to try and beat the COVID virus which eventually claimed her. She will be missed by many.

Carla Wastalu Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

My memory is Colorado golf. Always competitive but friendly and warm. Made you play your best. Will always keep her inner and outer beauty in my heart and soul. Yep, beat her once for the Senior Ladies Championship. I just got lucky that day. She made me feel like a Pro.Just a super person.

Colleen Gardner Feb 27 2021 12:00 AM

We will never forget the wonderful times we had together living across the street from each other. The great progressive dinners we had with our fun neighbors and our kids playing together. We cant forget the trips we had together with you and John. Sue, we miss you so much and will never forget you. May you Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Karen and Rob Brumund

Karen and Rob Brumund Feb 26 2021 12:00 AM

From the Joliet Tennis Club to Oakwood to the Joliet Country Club we sure did cover a lot of miles together and each mile was the best of fun. Memory Eternal

Debbie Radakovich Feb 26 2021 12:00 AM

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