Susan spent a year studying violin at Michigan State University and then transferred to UT where she switched to pre-med. She graduated from The University of Texas Medical School in Galveston and went on to do her OB-Gyn residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. From there she practiced in Lake Forest, IL for a year and then moved to Madison, Wi, where she practiced at the Dean Clinic for two years. Jim and Susan moved to Williamsport, PA in 1989 and established their practice, The Divine Ob-Gyn Associates, and later Haack and Speichinger, PC. After 14 years they moved their practice to Mauston, WI where they were employed by Hess Memorial Hospital and worked together doing Gynecologic surgery for 10 years until Jim’s retirement in 2011. Susan continued to work for an additional three years retiring in 2014. It wasn’t long after Susan retired that she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. In spite of all this Susan continued to hike, golf, scuba dive, fly, play her violin and teach Sunday school at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church where she was a Ministry Assistant and Stephen’s minister. When talking about her illness she would say “I refuse to allow the fears of tomorrow rob me of the Joys of today”.
There was nothing that Susan couldn’t and wouldn’t do, from slalom water skiing to snow skiing to flying airplanes where she was twin engine and instrument rated. Susan loved to read and write and has many published articles and numerous book reviews. She has published extensively in Medical Ethics with the unique perspective given to her from her ministerial background. Susan had a brilliant mind and a servant’s heart, both of which she gave freely. Since moving to Anthem she has touched many hearts and is loved by all those fortunate to know her.
Susan will be missed by her husband ( James Speichinger ) three sons, Eric, Steve and Gregg, their wives, Suzanne, Alison, and Anna and by her 6 grandchildren, Kelly, Brad, Max, Amelia, Andrew, and Sam. She is also survived by her brother Tom and his wife Clare and children Sara and Carson, Susan’s sister Michelle and her husband Bill and Michelle’s children Heather ( and husband, Tyler) Jennifer and Christopher. Susan’s mother also survives her and is in memory care in Florida.
Funeral services were held at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem, AZ on Saturday, January 6th.
Funeral services will also be held in Friendship, WI at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20th, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home. Friends may call at the Roseberry’s on Saturday, January 20th, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Cottonville Cemetery in Friendship, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations to World Vision International (wvi.org) and Compassion International (compassion.com), two of Susan’s favorite charities that she supported for over 25 years, will be appreciated.