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Susanne (Elliott) Manner

May 5, 1947 ~ February 24, 2021 (age 73)


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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March 5, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Funeral Mass
March 6, 2021

11:30 AM
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Ave
Joliet, IL 60435

March 6, 2021

12:30 PM
Woodlawn Memorial Park
23060 W. Jefferson St
Joliet, IL 6431


Joliet Catholic Academy Women's Golf and Tennis Teams
1200 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet IL 60435

University of St. Francis Women's Golf and Tennis Teams
500 Wilcox St, Joliet ID 60435

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