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Suzanne  Jean Sippel
  • Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
    P.O. Box 50467
    Kalamazoo, MI 49005

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“Dear Steve and Lucas and family:It sounds so trite to say "words can't express," yet it's the only way to say how we feel. Countless words have been...Read More »
1 of 55 | Posted by: Roxanne Bengelink - Augusta, MI

“Nossa família sente-se honrada em ter tido a oportunidade de conhecer Suzanne, uma pessoa especial e iluminada. Sua alegria e generosidade nos...Read More »
2 of 55 | Posted by: Rúbia Cruz

“Dear Steve and family,I am so sorry for your loss. As colleague of the GLBRC project, I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to help us...Read More »
3 of 55 | Posted by: César Izaurralde - Surfside, FL

“So many cherished memories of family times spent together on two separate stays in Australia. Shared laughter, smiles, family expeditions, work -...Read More »
4 of 55 | Posted by: Fran Sheldon Brisbane, Australia

“Dear Steve and Lucas,I'm so saddened by this tragedy. We were at KBS during the 2002-3 academic year, and our daughter Ella went to the Richland,...Read More »
5 of 55 | Posted by: Mary Towner - Stillwater, OK

“It is amazing how you can be affected by an old friend's death. Suzanne and I were close buddies in junior high and high school. We didn't keep in...Read More »
6 of 55 | Posted by: Terri Moore - Coppell, TX

“I will miss Suzanne's smile and warm welcoming greetings. She is an inspiration to me with her love of family and nature and dedication to health...Read More »
7 of 55 | Posted by: Pam Moseley - Augusta, MI

“The words to express the sadness of this tragedy escape me. Suzanne will always be the younger sister I never had. Growing up thru high school, her...Read More »
8 of 55 | Posted by: michael connett - Loris, SC

“My heartfelt condolences to Steve, Lucas, Jean, Bob, Norm, Muriel and family. Suzanne was one of the kindest most sincere person I have ever met. She...Read More »
9 of 55 | Posted by: Cathy Martin - Cambridge Ontario

“Many sweet memories of Suzanne from Grade School through college. Allof them brightened by her unforgettable laugh. We made a school bulletin board...Read More »
10 of 55 | Posted by: Beth Jentz - Friend

“Steve, meus sentimentos pela partida da Suzanne. Muitas memórias de quando vocês viveram em Corumbá. Muita força e fé para...Read More »
11 of 55 | Posted by: ZIlca Campos Corumbá, Brazil

“Our children went to Montessori together. My daughter Anna Wittenberg graduated a year before Lucas. Suzanne and that beautiful, bright smile -- I...Read More »
12 of 55 | Posted by: Kara Kuchinic - Richland, MI

“Steve and Lucas,Blessed are those who mourn; God will comfort themMathew 5:4My prayers to you and your family. Suzanne is a wonderful person with a...Read More »
13 of 55 | Posted by: Nicole Reid - Stockholm, Sweden

“Dear Steve and Lucas III am so sorry...My condelonces for you and all family.Suzanne had always been a good friend and colleague.My solidarity in...Read More »
14 of 55 | Posted by: Débora Calheiros - Friend

“We were deeply saddened to learn Suzanne passing, and we remenber her a nice and happy person.We want to know that our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
15 of 55 | Posted by: Urbano Abreu - Corumbá

“Dear friends,Me and my daughter Camila had the opportunity to stay with Suzanne in Michigan for about 4 months. It was an unforgettable time for us....Read More »
16 of 55 | Posted by: Marcia Oliveira - corumba, Brazil

“my feelings!! ”
17 of 55 | Posted by: Balbina Soriano - corumba

“Steven, talvez você ainda lembra de mim, Miguel da Embrapa Pantanal. Nós andamos uma vez de caiaque no rio Paraguai, juntamente com o...Read More »
18 of 55 | Posted by: Miguel Ageu - Friend

“Dear SuzanaGod bless you and endlessly enlight your ways. I will always remember your humility and joy. I will miss you.Dear SteveMay God's grace...Read More »
19 of 55 | Posted by: Sandra Santos - Corumbá

“Dear Steve and Lucas IIMy solidarity with you at this difficult time.I am very sad by the news of her passing away...I am really sorry .Suzanne had...Read More »
20 of 55 | Posted by: Débora Calheiros - Friend

“Steve, We are deeply saddened by Suzanne's death last Tuesday in the appalling cycling accident. Please accept our deepest sympathy. ”
21 of 55 | Posted by: Stephen and Barbara Malcolm - MI

“Dear Steve and Lucas,Suzanne was a very special part of our soccer team. We all looked forward to our Wednesday nights to play soccer but more...Read More »
22 of 55 | Posted by: Dianne Knapper - Richland, MI

“While I wouldn't say I knew Suzanne well, over the years that we worked together she shared many amusing stories and observations that remain as fond...Read More »
23 of 55 | Posted by: Nina Consolatti - Paw Paw, MI

“Dear Steve and Lucas,I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Suzanne was such a warm and honest person with a wonderful welcoming smile. I loved working...Read More »
24 of 55 | Posted by: Carolyn Malmstrom - East Lansing, MI

“Steve & Lucas, What a tragedy... My condolences and solidarity in this moment so difficult. ”
25 of 55 | Posted by: Andre Steffens Moraes

“It was an honor to be in the same Borgess Run Camp team with Suzanne a couple of years ago, training for a half marathon. She and your family are in...Read More »
26 of 55 | Posted by: Deb Kloosterman - Kalamazoo, MI

“Dear Steve and Lucas,Words cannot express our grief over the loss of Suzanne. She was such a special person and Jess and I had come to depend on her...Read More »
27 of 55 | Posted by: Kristal Ehrhardt Poling - Augusta, MI

“Steve -I am heartbroken for your loss and I struggle to find words that can provide any source of comfort.I will remember Suzanne as being very...Read More »
28 of 55 | Posted by: Sharon Winters (nee Weber) - CO

“Prayers for Suzanne's family. Dana Dubnicka ”
29 of 55 | Posted by: Dana Dubnicka - Augusta, MI

“Our most deepest condolences to Steve, Lucas and Suzanne's family and friends. I am so proud to call her a "Lifelong Friend" as we grew up together...Read More »
30 of 55 | Posted by: Shirley Holgate - Dearborn, MI

“Our deepest condolences and thoughts to Steve and Lucas. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.The Brandizzi Family ”
31 of 55 | Posted by: Federica Brandizzi - East Lansing, MI

“She spent her life helping to make this earth a better place for the people on it, and unknowingly was making us better people on this earth.Peace to...Read More »
32 of 55 | Posted by: Cynthia McIntyre - Kalamazoo, MI

“My deepest sympathies to Suzannes family- your beautiful smile will live in infamy. ”
33 of 55 | Posted by: Deb Gardiner - Friend

“My heart goes out to Steve, Lucas, and those who knew and loved Suzanne. I knew her from my time at KBS. She was kind, smart, caring - just a rare...Read More »
34 of 55 | Posted by: Laurel Hartley - Longmont, CO

“I knew Suzanne through collaboarations and partnership between Gull Lake High School and the Kellogg Biological Station. I am so very deeply sadened...Read More »
35 of 55 | Posted by: Michelle mahar - kalamazoo, MI

“My heart goes out to Steve and Lucus and Suzanne's family & friends. I wish there was something I could say to take the pain away. Suzanne will be...Read More »
36 of 55 | Posted by: Alice Gillespie - Pilgrim, KY

“Suzanne was a wonderful person. I had the pleasure of working with Suzanne for several years at KBS and she was always cheerful and a pleasure to...Read More »
37 of 55 | Posted by: Sally Shaw - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear SteveOur deep and sincere condolence for your tragic loss. We wish you (and Lucas) all the best.Terenzio AnnaRiccardo ”
38 of 55 | Posted by: Terenzio zenone - Milan (Italy)

“Steve and Lucas, you have our sincere condolences for your loss. Suzanne was always smiling and so nice to chat with at Cross Country events. Lucas...Read More »
39 of 55 | Posted by: Millmier Family

“Dear Steve,Kathie and I are appalled by what has happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time...Read More »
40 of 55 | Posted by: Mike Grace - Melbourne - Friend

“Steve and Lucas: May you be surrounded by support and love in this unspeakable, horrible time. The incident that took Suzanne's life was on the TV...Read More »
41 of 55 | Posted by: Patricia Werner - MI

“We have been thinking of your family, Mom and Dad andSteve and Lucas with all our love and sympathies for ourwonderful niece we will miss you ,...Read More »
42 of 55 | Posted by: A friend

“Thinking of your family, you will be missed dearly ”
43 of 55 | Posted by: Ron and Betti Wielenga - Augusta, MI

“Steve and Lucas - We were devastated to learn of this tragedy. We are stunned and angry and so very sad for you. Suzanne was a beautiful person....Read More »
44 of 55 | Posted by: Jennifer Barlow - Hickory Corners, MI

“I was so horrified to hear the sad news about Suzanne. She was such a warm and wonderful person who had a genuine interest in everyone's life, I...Read More »
45 of 55 | Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar

“Dear Dr. Steve,I read about this terrible accident this morning but did not make the connection until I received the KBS collaborator email from Dr....Read More »
46 of 55 | Posted by: Ranjeet John - East Lansing, MI

“I started at the Kellogg Biological Station on April 10, 2013. I have always considered Suzanne one of the people who immediately made me feel like...Read More »
47 of 55 | Posted by: Andrew Fogiel - Lansing, MI

“Dear Steve and LucasI cannot believe even for a second, Suzanne is no more around us. We are in distress and shock, and do not know how to show...Read More »
48 of 55 | Posted by: Mir Zaman Hussain - Kalamazoo, MI

“May God Bless You and Watch Over You and Your Family. ”
49 of 55 | Posted by: Susan Connolly - Marshall, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Praying that you allow God's word the Bible to provide you comfort during this difficult time. ”
50 of 55 | Posted by: Bourke Family

“I had the honor of knowing Suzanne through her son Lucas. Lucas was a member of the Gull Lake Middle School cross country team when I was the head...Read More »
51 of 55 | Posted by: Matt Hawkins - Richland, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Steve and Lucas, after the the tragic loss of Suzanne. I will miss that ever present smile! ”
52 of 55 | Posted by: Bernard Knezek - East Lansing, MI

“Dear Steve & Lucas,My heart sunk in my chest when I heard about Suzanne. I always enjoyed talking to her when she would drop Lucas off for his swim...Read More »
53 of 55 | Posted by: Linda Fox - Kalamazoo, MI

“I have been blessed to know Suzanne through the biking community. We rode on local group rides and traveled to Iowa for the big ride. Suzanne's...Read More »
54 of 55 | Posted by: Ellen Walcott - Jenison, MI

“Dear Steve,We can't begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence, and send you thoughts of peace and courage...Read More »
55 of 55 | Posted by: Solange Filoso - Severna Park, MD

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Suzanne Jean Sippel of Augusta, MI

Suzanne, age 56, died tragically Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 in a cycling accident near Kalamazoo, MI. Since 1981 Suzanne was married to Stephen Hamilton, who survives. She is also survived by her son, Lucas Hamilton of Augusta; her parents, Robert and Jean Sippel of Dearborn Heights, and a brother, Norman (Muriel) Sippel of Grantham, England.

Suzanne loved cycling, running, hiking, yoga, and traveling. She enthusiastically supported cross country and other programs in the Gull Lake Community Schools, served on the board of the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County, and previously served on the Ross Township Planning Commission and the Four Townships Water Resources Council.

She pursued her love for the outdoors in her professional career as well, including many years of field research together with her husband in Venezuela, Brazil, and Australia. She worked for Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station as a data manager on sustainable agriculture research projects since 1995. She held degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She was known and loved by many in the community, and had a charming smile, a distinctive laugh, and a deep appreciation of life.

A celebration of Suzanne's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive in Hickory Corners, MI 49060, officiated by Rev. Julie Kline. The service will be held outdoors, next to Gull Lake. Suzanne's family invites all to bring a photo or written words about Suzanne to the celebration of her life, or to write words at KBS before or after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Suzanne may be directed to expand the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail through the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County, P.O. Box 50467, Kalamazoo, MI 49005. Online donations can be sent to: The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel is assisting Suzanne's family with her arrangements.