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Susan Jane Allen
February 27, 1959
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Susan Jane Allen, a beloved resident of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 1st, 2024, after a brief and unforeseen battle with cancer. Surrounded by the warmth of her family in her home, Susan left this world expressing gratitude for a life filled with love. She often remarked in her final moments that she considered herself "lucky to have loved and felt so much love."
Born on February 27th, 1959, in Niles, Michigan, to her parents Orval DeWayne Haines, affectionately known as "O.D." and Irene Annie Haines, Susan's early years were spent in Cassopolis, Michigan. Fond memories of ice skating and swimming with her cherished brother Mike at her grandparents’ home on Donnel Lake were treasures from her youth. Mike lovingly recalls Susan as a sister who was not only a protector and advocate but always had his back.
Susan's sister, Sandy, holds dear the memories of Christmas, where family was Susan's top priority. Sandy reminisces about Susan getting down on the floor to play with the other grandchildren, creating a joyous atmosphere that extended to sleeping on the living room floor in a sleeping bag. This commitment to family and the spirit of Christmas was a tradition Susan carried throughout her life, passing on the love for handmade gifts and cookies, a tradition learned from her parents.
Susan's early years instilled in her a love for adventure and nature, as she embarked on camping trips with her family, including hiking and canoeing. These experiences shaped her life’s philosophy, emphasizing the importance of being led by the heart without fear of risk.
Transitioning from Southern Michigan to Franklin, Indiana, Susan completed her high school education and met the father of her daughters, Jocelyn and Allison. It was during these years that Susan's love for music, which became the soundtrack to her life, blossomed. Songs like "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young and "Imagine" by John Lennon held a special place in her heart.
Susan was an advocate for lifelong learning, civic engagement, cultural awareness, and social movements. Furthering her education, she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Missouri Southern State University. Susan took pride in studying abroad at the University of Oxford, England, where she forged lifelong friendships and found inspiring mentors. In Missouri, she also obtained her Master Gardener's Certification, a passion shared with her father and passed down to her children.
Returning to the Michiana area, Susan felt a calling to give back to the community. She dedicated herself to social work, protecting vulnerable children, and offering support to families in crisis. Additionally, Susan pursued a career as a Master Gardener, channeling her love for nature and design into creating and maintaining beautiful estate gardens.
Susan's talents extended to the culinary arts, where she showcased her Scottish heritage through recreating her mother's Shortbread recipe on holidays. She carefully preserved heirlooms from her mother's birthplace in Ayr, Scotland, displaying them alongside handcrafted furniture by her father, plants, and treasures collected from lakes and seas. To Susan, these items held more value and beauty than any material possession.
In addition to her parents, Irene and O.D. Haines of Sherman, Texas, Susan is survived by a legacy of love manifested through her devoted family. Her parents provided her with a foundation of love, support, and values that sculpted the compassionate and resilient woman she became. Their enduring presence in her life added depth to her character, creating a bond that will be cherished by generations to come.
Susan's loving children include Jocelyn Broniszewski of Franklin, IN, Lacie Mackintosh (David Ghesquiere) of Ridgeway, Wisconsin, Allison Abowd (Phillip “PJ”) of Houston, TX, and Drew Broniszewski of Franklin, IN. Her grandchildren, Quinn Napier of Ridgeway, WI, and Henry and Charlotte Abowd of Houston, Texas, brought immense joy to her life, embodying the continuation of her loving legacy.
Fond memories of Susan are also held by her brother, Michael (Patti) Haines of Dennison, Texas, and sister, Sandy (David) Foust of Bella Vista, Arkansas. Their shared experiences and enduring bonds added richness to Susan's life, creating a tapestry of love and support that will forever be woven into the fabric of their family history.
Her son, Drew, affectionately observed her love for the sun, likening it to the way a plant must love the sun returning in spring. In accordance with Susan's final wishes, her ashes will be returned to Lake Michigan, a place where she consistently found peace in times of both joy and grief. A memorial service, to be held in the spring or early summer, will gather close family and friends to celebrate and remember the remarkable life of Susan Jane Allen.