|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1953|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2007|
Visitation for Susan E. Aeppli, 53, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held. Born June 4, 1953, in Chicago, the daughter of Walter F. and Mary A. (nee Osman) Hansen, she passed away Friday, March 23, 2007, at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, following a sudden collapse. Susan grew up on the Northwest side of the city, where she worked for a number of years as a waitress and later as a teller at the Plaza Bank. A blind date would one day lead her to Scott Aeppli, and that date would lead to matrimony. They soon found that they shared the same birthday (a year apart) and later discovered that their grandparents had actually been good friends and neighbors. On Sept. 1, 1973, Susan and Scott brought their families and their own friendship "full circle" as they were wed that Autumn day in Chicago. They made their home in the city, upstairs from Susan's mother, until shortly after "the Princess," Jamie, was born. In 1976, they left the city and moved to Streamwood, where Kristin was born. In 1986/87, they moved to Naperville, where gradually, their life "went to the dogs." Their first had been Maggie, then Maxine, a Great Dane. Her death was so hard, they were sure they would never have another - but within a few weeks, they discovered Jack Russell Terriers - and the rest is history. In a very short time, one became three which became eight and in February of 2002, Susan and Scott moved their four-legged-family to their present country home near Elburn. Susan and Scott became very involved in the Jack Russell Dog Club and enjoyed traveling to dog shows across the country as well as holding events at their own home. Their love of the dogs was made all the more special because Susan was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease may have limited her mobility, but never her determination - or her imagination! When she wasn't caring for the dogs, Susan was collecting things. From dolls to penguins to Princess Diana memorabilia, and countless Hallmark and Disney figures, Susan adorned every inch of their home with keepsakes. Her appetite for collecting seemed insatiable. Though gregarious, outgoing and generous to a fault, she became the "cantankerous collector" when anything threatened her collecting "frontiers." Through it all, the dogs were the glue that kept Susan's life together - until Alexandria Marie came along. Susan was proud to be a "grandma" and grateful for the times and memories she shared with Alexandria. Those memories and her family of dogs, she leaves in the loving hands of her family, her husband, Scott, and their two children, Jamie Aeppli of Maple Park and Kristin (Jarrod) Rick of Havelock, N.C.; granddaughter, Alexandria Marie Rick; sisters, Doris Hansen of Naperville and Phyliss Leinen of Oak Lawn; brother, James (Hiroko "Chico") Swanson of Greensboro, N.C.; nieces, Jessica, Maria, Sandy and Diane; nephews, Michael, Todd and Mark; sisters-in-law, Carole (Norm) Thompson; and former brother-in-law, Thomas Speck. In addition she leaves her family of dogs, Sami, Harli, Rocki, Codi, Kitti, Danni, Ladi and Auggi; and one "granddog," "Oz." She was preceded in death by her parents; her father- and mother-in-law, Vernon E. and Lorraine Aeppli; and three beloved dogs, Maggie, Tracy and Maxine. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Susan's name to benefit Jack Russell Rescue and other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Susan E. Aeppli Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call 1-800-8-CONLEY. Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on March 26, 2007
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: DJC
Record added: Jun 04, 2011
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