Suzanne Holdeman, 1936-2019

Suzanne M. Holdeman, 83, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 21, 1936, in Ambazac, Haute Vienne, France, to Max and Marie Gabrielle (Lafitte) Dusser.

Suzanne was a Registered Nurse, having worked at LaPorte Hospital for 18 years, and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Walkerton, IN.

On June 30, 1959, Suzanne married Stephen H. Holdeman Sr. in Bordeaux, France. He preceded her in death on June 1, 2013.

Suzanne is survived by a daughter, Sheila Howe of LaPorte; two sons, Colonel Stephen H. Holdeman Jr. of Madison, AL, and Patrick James Holdeman of South Bend, IN; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Christine Holdeman; two brothers; and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. CST Saturday, Aug. 17, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. CST Friday, Aug, 16, at the funeral home. Family and friends may also visit from 9 to 10 a.m. CST Saturday prior to the service. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Burial will follow in New Paris Cemetery, New Paris, IN. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

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2 Responses to “Suzanne Holdeman, 1936-2019”

  1. sheila howe

    Aug 13. 2019

    Mommy, it was my honor to spend the past 6 years with you.
    I enjoyed all the fun times we had together. We laughed, we cried
    but mostly we loved.
    I will always carry you in my heart, you were the best Mom anyone could ever ask for.

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  2. Jeff Barnard

    Aug 13. 2019

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Suzanne was a true sweetheart, a wonderful wife and great mom and an exceedingly patient adult to a crazy teenage visitor when I would come over. And she always had incredible stories of her life in France to tell me- patiently- in French.
    Steve and Sheila I’m so very sorry.

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