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Susan Durbin

Died: September 1, 2021

Susan Caroline Durbin, 82, died on September 1, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Evansville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Clarence and Bertha Bauer.

She graduated from Mater Dei High School and completed nursing training at St. Mary’s Nursing School in Evansville. After raising her four children, she enro…read more

Susan Caroline Durbin, 82, died on September 1, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Evansville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Clarence and Bertha Bauer.

She graduated from Mater Dei High School and completed nursing training at St. Mary’s Nursing School in Evansville. After raising her four children, she enrolled at the University of Illinois and graduated with her Master of Social Work degree. She worked for the Champaign School District as a school social worker for almost 20 years, tirelessly advocating for the children and families she served. It was a true labor of love, her vocation, to help the students, teachers, and staff of Columbia, Stratton, and Bottenfield Schools.

She was a parishioner at St. Matthew Catholic Church and an active member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She supported their many initiatives, especially those having to do with literacy, like Read Across America. She was an incredible seamstress, and she shared this talent freely with others, whether it was teaching her grandkids to sew or making elf costumes for an entire Girl Scout troop. She never turned down a request and was always up for a challenge. After she retired, she traveled to many of the National Parks with her friends and family. She was inspired by natural beauty, and whether it was a vista at Glacier National Park or a sunset over Lake Michigan, she was in awe of it all. On most days she could be seen walking outside in almost any weather, diligently logging many miles a week. She found her joy in being around her family and friends, whether it was at holiday gatherings, weekly dinners with the Culver’s group, or an Illini basketball game (she was a diehard fan).

Susan will be remembered for her generous spirit and servant’s heart. She was fiercely loyal to the people in her life, and she was always available to listen and support them through their circumstances. She was also funny and sarcastic, often finding ways to connect through her banter and dry humor. Most of all, she was a loving, caring mom, grandma, and friend. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Susan is survived by her children: Sarah Durbin, Danette Turco, Denise Downes (Brian), Bill Durbin (Oriana), and grandchildren: Rachel, Sam, Connor, Jonah, Abby, Caroline, Camila, Daniela.

The funeral service and visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Saint Matthew Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank at: www.eifoodbank.org or by check to Eastern Illinois Foodbank, 2405 North Shore Drive, Urbana IL, 61802.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

 

 

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Time: 09:00 am

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Address:

1303 Lincolnshire Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61821

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Address:

1303 Lincolnshire Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61821

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