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Sue Duensing


October 5, 1935
June 22, 2018

Visitation 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 18, 2018 - First United Methodist Church, Centralia
Funeral 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 18, 2018 - First United Methodist Church, Centralia

Sue Duensing, 82, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018, at Heritage Woods in Centralia, surrounded by her friends and family.

She was born October 5, 1935 in Herrin, Illinois, daughter of Edith Adella Rodd Bishop (1907-1994) and Revere Bishop.(1906-1972) and Step-Father John Steh, (?-1992) Preceding her in death was her brother Jack Collier (1925-2010) and survived by her brother Rodney Bishop.

She married Norlyn Duensing, on June 5th, 1954 in Herrin Illinois. Norlyn, her husband of 61 years, preceded her in death on October 31st, 2015. Her mother-in-law, Sophia Alvine Anna Lydia Fricke Duensing; and father-in-law, Ludwig Edward Adolph Duensing also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Duensing is survived by her children, Steven Paul Duensing and wife Janet Ivey Duensing of Hendersonville TN, Matthew Jay Duensing and wife Sandra Duensing of US Virgin Islands St. Thomas, Amy Duensing Lane and husband L. Kevin Lane of Wilmington DE, and daughter by choice, Pam Duensing Swartzkopf and husband Roger Swartzkopf of Hudson IL, and niece Jeannie Grealish of Ft. Meyers FL.

Sue Duensing is also survived by grandchildren, Andy Duensing and wife Amanda Jones Duensing of Nashville TN, Josh Duensing and wife Nisi Daly Duensing of Chicago IL, Zach Duensing and Sara Estes Duensing of Nashville TN, Sophie Duensing of New York NY, Anna Duensing of Cambridge MA, Addie Lane of Wilmington DE, Keegan Lane of Beacon NY and Kaleb Swartzkopf of College Station TX.

Sue was blessed with 4 great-grandchildren, Camilla Miette Duensing 8, Duncan Russell Duensing 3, Oona Mae Duensing 3 and Felix Norlyn Duensing 1.

Sue was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for over 55 years. She was the catalyst for Tuesday’s Child, an after school program that served kids every Tuesday for 19 years with food, homework help, and lots of love. In 2017, Sue garnered the support of Heritage Woods to enact a similar after school program called WOW at Heritage Woods, an intergenerational event that served area school children, involved high school volunteers and even elderly resident volunteers from Heritage Woods. Activities included art, science and literacy. They played games, got homework assistance, shared a meal together and received love across the generations.

Sue was a trailblazer and her kids remember fondly how she fed and gave respite to migrant workers and children who made their way through Centralia year after year. She worked for a variety of nonprofits, ever defending and ensuring the rights of children.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, was a voracious reader of books, adored her book club, was a feisty bridge club member and was a keen spades teammate.
She loved her many nieces, nephews and their families and they loved her.

Her love language was making a meal for you and making sure you read a good book regularly. Most poignant was her love of family, both biological and chosen.

A Celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Centralia with Pastor Anita Munden officiating. A visitation time will be at 10:00 A.M. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made in Sue’s honor to the WOW program at Heritage Woods and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.