Susan Alice Rathjen

Susan (Susie) Alice (Lazzareschi) Rathjen passed away peacefully at her home in Cloverdale, CA, surrounded by her loving husband Donald of 53 years and family. Susie fought a valiant fight against cancer for over 6 years. She often spoke about her faith in God and love for her family and friends that gave her strength to live.

Born in 1946 in San Francisco to Rosalie and Renzo Lazzareschi, she attended San Mateo City College. She worked as a Dental Assistant for 5 years. After she married Don, she worked for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco for 40 plus years. In her role as a pastoral assistant, serving the Bishop, she taught bible study, and religious education and was involved with Cursillo. After moving to Cloverdale, she served as an administrative assistant at St. Peters Catholic Church. More recently, Susie and Don joined the Episcopal Church of Cloverdale, where she often served as Homilist.

She is survived by four sons: Alan (Peggy Sue), Scott (Michelle), Richard (Kelly) and Daniel. She has three grandchildren: Dominic, Gianna and Alex.

Susie will be remembered for her devotion to God and as a fun loving person with a beautiful smile - who cared deeply for people, particularly those in need. She loved camping and riding tandem on their motorcycle. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

“You are a blessing,

You are an angel I see.

Everything about you

Is God’s gift to me.”

A celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family asks in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heartland Hospice or a charity of your choice.

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Susie's mother Rosalie was my mom's sister and she was my favorite aunt. Susie and I attended St Elizabeth's grammar school in San Francisco from 1st through 8th grade. we certainly had a lot of happy times as a family. Some of our best times (for me anyway) were those summers at the Russian River where we had a ball! But I know she loved the river and our cabin as well.

We also attended the same high School! Carlmont in Belmont Calif.

Anyone lucky enough to have known her knows she was a wonderful person and I cannot recall a time when she did not have a great smile and cheerful words for us.

I feel a great deal of sadness for Susie's family and will keep her and them in my prayers.

Phil LoGiudice

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