Susan “Sue” Lee Standing, age 70, of Escanaba (Soo Hill), passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, Sunday morning, August 26, 2018 while fighting her fourth bought with cancer. She was born on September 27, 1947 in Escanaba, the daughter of Emil and Irene (Mattson) Johnsen. Sue grew up in Escanaba and was a 1965 graduate of Escanaba High School. After graduation, Sue worked part-time at Ludington Motors as a clerk while attending Bay College. She was hired at Mead Paper Company in March of 1966, where she worked her entire career until her retirement on April 1, 2003. Sue spent her 37 years at Mead working in the Payroll/Accounting Department. The former Susan Johnsen married Thomas “Tom” Standing of Gladstone on December 29, 1972. Together, the couple shared 45 years of marriage and raised one daughter, Kristin. Susan was a member of West Point Parents Club, Mead 25-Year Club, Altrusa of Escanaba, former member of Curves, served on the Foster Grandparent Advisory Board, Peninsula Federal Credit Union Director for 30+ years, and was Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Peninsula Federal Credit Union. Sue was a former director of “Women Helping Women” for the Delta County Cancer Alliance, where she enjoyed offering encouragement to the many breast cancer survivors she visited. Sue enjoyed the Annual Fetterman Party started by Sue’s mother, visiting the local casino, scratching lotto tickets, watching Packer games, and spending time with her family and many friends. She always brought a smile into every room; Sue was an eternal optimist who spread joy to everyone she met.
Susan Lee Standing is survived by husband, Thomas Standing of Soo Hill; daughter, Kristin Bowen of Monument, CO; granddaughter, Carmen Bowen of Monument, CO; her special Godchild, Pamela Thinglum; sisters-in-law, Judy (Steve) Johnson of Sterling Heights, MI, and Naida Standing of Gladstone; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Karen and Gary Thinglum, Mary, Dale, and Travis Smith, and Mary Kay Verhamme. A very special thanks to Debbie (Randy) Johnsen for their untiring love and support throughout the years.
In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by two brothers, Dick and Marge Johnsen, and Tom and Carolyn (Thomma) Johnsen; as well as her in-laws, Jennie and Pete Standing, Jim Standing, and Alice and Neil Bucholtz.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. A light luncheon will be served at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home fellowship area. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Rest Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be directed to the Escanaba Foster Grandparents Program or the Delta County Cancer Alliance.
Delta County Cancer Alliance
3430 Ludington Street, Escanaba MI 49829
Escanaba Foster Grandparent Program
507 1st Avenue North, Escanaba MI 49829