Suzanne Burns, 1946-2019

“Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” Jack Thorne

Suzanne K. Burns, 73, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019, at her home in LaPorte, IN.

She was born May 23, 1946, in LaPorte, the daughter of Charles T. Zila Sr. and Audrey M. (Rozean) Zila.

On Oct. 7, 1970, she married Richard Corwin Burns, who preceded her in death July 2, 1996.

Suzanne, known to most of us as “Grandma Sue” or just “Sue,” was a unique and remarkable woman. She was known for her generosity, infectious laughter and delicious mashed potatoes. Sue enjoyed life and spending time with friends and family. She could have an engaging conversation with anyone and dedicated her life to serving others in the Westville Lions Club, Ag in the Class, Farm Bureau, and 4-H (during the fair you could always find her at the Farm Bureau Milk Cabin). Her love of nature was seen in her dedication to gardening and becoming a Master Gardener. Sue worked for the Indiana Toll Road for more than 36 years as a toll taker and the first woman supervisor.

Love comes in many forms. Sue showed love, compassion and tenderness to her children and adored her grandchildren. Her love extended to her animals (Baxter, Momma Stripes and Dallas), with whom she created bonds of unconditional love.

She is survived by her son, Brian (Sasha Pinto) Burns of LaPorte; daughter, Karen (Dan) Burns-Smith of Bloomington, IN; sister, Kathy (Aldon) Howard of Port St. Lucie, FL; and four grandchildren, Kyle Smith, Jordan Smith, Lexi Burns and Mia Burns.

Sue was preceded in death by both her parents and one dog, Dallas.

A Celebration of life will be held Thursday, June 13, at Red Mill County Park, 0185 South Holmesville Rd., LaPorte, IN 46350, at the Pat J. Smith Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westville Lions Club, 2222 S. 900 W, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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