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Susie R. (Wherry) Isenbarger

April 8, 1955 ~ March 8, 2021 (age 65)


“Susie” Rae Isenbarger was called to her heavenly home as faithfully promised by our Lord God on March 8, 2021 at 4:20 PM. She was born April 8th, 1955 and was one month from her 66th birthday. She was joyously reunited with her beloved husband Steve Isenbarger, father and mother, Ken and Helen Wherry, and cherished mother in law, Bonnie Isenbarger. After a short but debilitating battle with dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease, she was lovingly cared for by her family at the home she adored until her earthly journey was over.

Although Susie, the original "Janet," is once again healthy and dancing to the music, there are so many Janets missing her deeply here on earth. Her vibrancy and magnetism radiated like the Caribbean sun in August. It didn't take long to make a new friend or even just make a stranger's day a bit brighter with that genuinely uplifting, happy-go-lucky smile. She had a gift of befriending all ages of people and accepted them just as they were.

"Family Fun" meant the world to her and nothing pleased her more than "100 percent participation" at any family function. Whether she was sweating inside a bunny costume for the kids at Easter, brewing 200 pots of coffee, making her famous pies or graciously leading the prayer at Thanksgiving, Susie was the glue that kept our whole extended family together. She is survived by a brother, David (Rose) Wherry, a sister Barbara (William) Burk, a son Samuel (Megan) Isenbarger, a daughter Sarah (Travis, her personal plumber) Stemen, grandchildren Garrett Smith, Zaden Stemen, Quinlan and Henry Isenbarger, Alyssa Stemen, (Tristan, Tracen and Elisabeth) and Frankie Stemen.

She was a 1973 graduate of Crestview High School in Convoy, Ohio where she made a tight knit group of friends that remain her closest pals to this day. They also decided to make their mark by fighting the "no jeans for girls at school" rule until it was changed! For many years Susie was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Convoy.

As the Van Wert County Health Department Registrar, or RegiSTAR as she would say, Susie worked diligently with and for the people around her. She also loved the years she worked as Fiscal Officer for Harrison Township and for the Village of Wren.

Outside of work, she loved her horse Doogie, running, gardening, creating gorgeous flower beds, and her bazillion house plants. "Phil," a 43 year old elephant ear philadendrum, is so big that he actually has his own room. She also loved music and dancing wherever and whenever she could. Jackson Browne, Rolling Stones and the Eagles were among her favorites.

Private services will held at the convenience of the family at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date so all of those who loved Susie can honor her memory together.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Myositis Foundation 2000 Duke Street, Suite 300 Alexandria VA 22314, Their research is imperative to finding a way to treat this disease. With more knowledge, people like Susie would have a fighting chance at recovery and healing.

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