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“We had a friendship that began in DanceFit at the Y and lasted many years! She is/was the very best of friends. I'll be seeing you in the not too...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Beverly Terry-Gray - Battle Creek, MI

“Sue Day first came into my life as a high school student when I volunteered with the Youth Alliance Committee at the Battle Creek Community...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Lindsay Swisher

“I first met Sue while volunteering at the Food Bank in 2000. She was charming, intelligent, very community oriented and simply a one-of-a-kind...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Vicki Swisher - Battle Creek, MI

“My deepest condolences to all of Sue's family. We are praying for you as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sue was so dear to me. I was one of...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Karen Shilling - Homee, MI

“So sorry to hear about Sue. I have known the family for years. David was one of my teachers at Harper Creek and Sue tought my children at Lakeview...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Charles Ostrander - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“She she made the lives of so many of us so much better! Eternal rest grant unto her Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her! ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Tara Filicicchia - Upper Marlboro, MD

“My condolences to the family. Sue was one of my very favorites from Lakeview High. She was a joy to work with and to be around in any setting. She...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Thomas Bommersbach - Battle Creek, MI

“Rex and Marsha, I was so very sad to hear of Sue's passing. She was a great lady and a good neighbor.She was so kind to my mother years ago when she...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Jones(Kevern) - MI - Friend

“Sue was the epitome of joy, warmth and being positive. She touched many lives, including mine, and will sincerely missed. Deep condolences to her...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Laurie LeClear - Richland, MI

“What a privilege it was to work with Sue. She had a beautiful sense of humor. Each year I received a "choice" birthday card from her. Her ability...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Robert Harvey - Battle Creek, MI

“I know of no finer, brighter, community minded and enthusiastic individual that Sue. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Andrew Freemire - Battle Creek, MI

“Words escape me, grief is unbearable. Please know your family is in our hearts and prayers. We love Sue, so very much.Ross and Julie, Clara's ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Julie Simpson - Battle Creek, MI

“Sue was a bff and mentor.zI first met Sue as a newly minted social worker at Lakeview High School. We quickly became skiing buddies as well as good...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Miller - Richland, MI

“Ms Day was a kind and loving ray of light in the most angst filled years of my life. I was one of her Student Listeners at Lakeview and learned so...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Margie Engmann - Costa Mesa, CA

“I worked with Sue at Lakeview High School as she was part of our Guidance Dept. at that time. I will remember her infectious laugh, her smile and...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Wendy Dolezal - East Leroy, MI

“Wonderful Lady. Thoughts and Prayers to her family. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Diane Reed - Ft Myers, FL

“I knew Sue through my work at the First Congregation Church. She was a loving, caring individual and a joy to be around. She was always upbeat and...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Vickie Forman - Battle Creek, MI

“Sue was a most loving and beautiful woman. She was my mentor at Lakeview High and I will always remember her as our Student Listener Leader. I am...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Sending my heart felt sympathy to the family of Sue Day! She was the light and the salt of the earth! She played an important role in my high school...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Allison Trumbull - Battle Creek, MI

“She changed many lives. Her legacy of changing so many lives will live in those of us she touched. My sincere condolences to her family and those...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Michelle BarlondSmith - Pahrump, NV

“I have such fond memories of Mrs.Day from my days as a student at Lakeview HS. Her warmth, joyfulness, and easy smile made every encounter with her...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Stephanie Comai - Ann Arbor, MI

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Susan Schaefer "Sue" Day, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, March 19, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 9, 1930 the loving daughter of Christian and Margaret (Chatters) Schaefer. Sue received her BA in Secondary Education at Central Michigan University and served with the Lakeview School District in various roles for many years.

Sue married the "Love of Her Life", David H. Day III in Saginaw, Michigan on June 11, 1955; he sadly preceded her in death on October 5, 2006. She is survived by her son, Rex V. (Marsha Hersan) Palmatier of St. Charles, Missouri; two grandchildren; David Christian (Torie) Palmatier of Overland Park, Kansas, and Allison (Garth) Phillips of St Charles, Missouri. Sue was also "GiGi" to five great-grandchildren, Harrison, Emmett, Eloise, Miles and Emery. She loved the usually inappropriate but always funny cartoons and tidbits sent by her "favorite cousin", Elmer (Bud) Schartow of Midland, Michigan, and also leaves behind a special friend, Chester "Chet" Francke, and his two children, Steve and Laura.

Sue was involved in so many local organizations and served on the board of so many of them that it is not possible to list them all for fear of missing one. Art, Music, University Women, young people and the First Congregational Church were among her favorite causes. It would be fair to say that her most fulfilling role in life was the time she spent as the Director of the Lakeview High School Student Listener program, touching the lives of hundreds of students, many who called her "Mom". One wrote about her as "known by all and loved by most".

Loving, giving and sharing would best describe her life, well lived. Heaven is now richer and we are now poorer with her passing.

A memorial service to celebrate Sue's life will be held later in the year when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the David H. and Susan S. Day Foundation benefitting young people (Battle Creek Community Foundation), First Congregational Church, The Music Center, or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.