Norma A. Sussenbach, age 77 of Greenville, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home surrounded by all her family.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Gregory Groves officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials may be made to Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Durley Youth Camp.
Norma Vought Sussenbach was born March 16, 1939 in Barron, Wisconsin to Merlin G. and Naomi E. Vought. She graduated from Barron High School in 1957 and West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing (Wheaton College Nursing Program) in Oak Park, IL in 1961 as a registered nurse. She went on to Greenville College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1964 as well as completing most of the requirements for a major in religion.
She met Ward while attending Greenville College, but they didn’t date until she was working as a nurse and he was teaching in the Chicago Inner City. In 1969 they were married at the Bethany Free Methodist Church in Melrose Park, IL and for the next two years she worked as a nurse at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE while Ward served in the USAF. She is survived by her husband and her three children Julie Sussenbach Mann and husband Matthew of Mt. Carmel, IL, Jill Sussenbach Cox and husband Shawn of Greenville, IL, and Jeffrey W. Sussenbach and wife Michelle of Greenville, IL. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren – William, Wesley, Anna, Isaiah, Noah and Isaac Sussenbach; Jonathan, Anderson, Liam, Naomi, and Julia Cox; Maggie, Gracie, Silas, and Titus Mann.
She is survived by 5 siblings: Merlin C. (Janet) Vought of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; Naomi E. Vought (twin sister) of Helia Healthcare in Greenville, IL; James (Nancy) Vought of Barron, Wisconsin; Lois Amdall of Chetek, Wisconsin, and David (Christine) Vought of Green Bay, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Norma was known as a baker of yeast breads, talented painter of oils, biblical scholar, and Christian education worker. She was instrumental is leading several children’s ministry programs in the churches where her husband pastored as well as serving as Director of Christian Education and teaching classes in Biblical Geography. She had a special ability to reach out to senior citizens as she shared with them the gospel in a loving way and many were led to Jesus Christ.
Norma did home nursing care for a number of years as well as being a certified parish nurse.
She chose to limit her nursing career so that she could be a stay home mom and spend time with her children and grandchildren as well as help in church ministry in the churches that her husband pastored in Michigan and Illinois. She often made ministry calls with her husband and was a real partner in ministry.
One of the family’s prized possessions is the Bible that Norma carried with her to church and in which she recorded the outlines of hundreds of her husband’s sermons.