February 12, 1930 - July 10, 2021
Burial Date: July 24, 2021
Susan (Susie) Cooney Stechschulte, 91, of Ocala, FL, formerly of Lima, passed away July 10, 2021, surrounded by members of her loving family.
Susie was born February 12, 1930, in Lima, to Theresa Marie (Roy) and Edgar Marion Cooney, who preceded her in death. On June 7, 1954, she married C. John (Jack) Stechschulte, who preceded her in death on May 18, 2021.
She was a 1948 graduate of St. Rose High School and a 1951 graduate of St. Rita’s Hospital School of Nursing. In 1953, she received her nursing degree from St. Louis University. She taught nursing at St. Rita’s hospital from 1953-54 and was a Student Health Nurse at DePaul Hospital, St. Louis, MO, from 1954-55.
Susie was a past member and president of the following organizations: Lima Junior Service League, Heartbeat of Lima, Right to Life of Lima and Allen County, Ohio Right to Life Society, and the Lima Family YMCA. She was a past member of the National Board of the YMCA and a member of the St. Rita’s Alumni Association, the Ocala Duplicate Bridge Club, and the American Contract Bridge League.
She was formerly a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala.
In 1987, Susie, along with her husband, received the Mercy Club Award from St. Rita’s Medical Center. She received the Triangle of Honor from the Lima Family YMCA in 2005. She was inducted into the Lima Central Catholic Hall of Fame for her community service in 2020.
Susie is survived by her bother Edgar M. Cooney, Jr. and her children, Dr. John R. (Jodi) Stechschulte of Columbus, OH, Thomas E. Stechschulte of Frisco, CO, Dr. Mark (Dr. Elizabeth) Stechschulte of Columbus, OH, Susan S. (Dr. Christopher) Roberts of Findlay, OH, Ann S. (and the late Stephen G.) Meyers of Ocala, FL, Mary Ellen (Robert III) Rowan of Louisville, KY, and Sarah (Jeffrey) Gallant of Boulder, CO; grandchildren Lisa (Adam) Lowe, Dr. John L. (Elizabeth) Stechschulte, Lynn Stechschulte, Dr. Paul (Allison) Stechschulte, Lauren Stechschulte, Dr. Brian (Tegan) Roberts, Sarah (Major Gregory) Zerr, Jennifer (Matthew) Kelleher, Emily Rowan, Davis (Carly) Rowan, Mark W. Stechschulte, Ben Stechschulte, Julia Gallant, Daniel Gallant, and Carly Gallant; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, William John Stechschulte, her twin brother Walter R. Cooney, and her sisters Margaret M. Leary, Dorothy Murray, and Madelon O’Neill.
Susie wanted to recognize her father, for his warmth and instilling in her a love and wonder of life during his short years, and her mother for her strength, perseverance, and love of life and people. She also wanted to recognize Jack and their children, who filled her life with love and made her life as complete as humanly possible.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Saturday, July 24, 2021, at CHILES – LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 PM, at St. Rose Catholic Church, 523 N. West Street, Lima, Ohio 45801with Father David Ross officiating, followed by a private burial.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Medical Center, St. Charles or St. Rose Catholic Church or Allen County Right to Life Society.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com