Mary Susan "Susie" Danielson

July 21, 1952 - September 12, 2014
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Susie Danielson (nee Babington), 62, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford on September 12, 2014, surrounded by family and friends, after receiving the last rites from the Catholic Church.  She lived the past two and one-half years as a quadriplegic demonstrating grace and courage in the face of adversity.

Susie was born July 21, 1952, to William Jr. and Maxine (nee Reis) Babington, in Macomb, Illinois.  In 1968, Susie’s parents, both educators, relocated their family to Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Upon graduating from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1970, Susie attended Western Illinois University where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  Later in her career Susie acquired a Master’s Degree from Concordia University.

In 1974 Susie began a long and dedicated teaching career at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake.  She spent her entire thirty-four years educating fourth and sixth-graders at North, retiring in 2008.  She left an indelible mark both with her students and coworkers (teammates).  Her legacy included merging outdoor education with the classroom curriculum.  She took great pride leading her classes on many field trips off campus at McHenry County Conservation sites.  In conjunction, her classes planted prairie vegetation native to Illinois throughout Sternes Woods and numerous other areas of Crystal Lake.

On August 20, 1977, Susie married her soulmate for life, Kim Danielson at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake.  They traveled extensively throughout their marriage, having a particular fondness for McGregor, Minnesota, where they had a cabin for many years, Green Valley, Arizona, where they vacationed with family often, and South Bend, Indiana, where they held season tickets for their beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  They also traveled the country enjoying her favorite pastime, golf.  Susie had a tremendous passion for the links, and acted as a true ambassador for the game, drawing many ladies to the sport.  As chairperson for several Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity golf outings, she was instrumental in raising over $100,000 for the charity at Timber Pointe Golf Club in Poplar Grove, Illinois.  She accomplished this in addition to winning many local tournaments, club championships and friends’ quarters on the course.  Susie also cherished her time with the gals at book club, golf leagues and volleyball.

To know Susie was to love her.  She touched too numerous friends, family, and students to quantify.  She was a true social butterfly (just like her mother) and will be fondly remembered as such.  One would be hard-pressed to find a more genuine soul.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kim, dog and companion “Sugar”, brother Patrick (Cindy) Babington of Greencastle, Indiana and their children Kyle and Kate; brother William III (Pam) Babington of Crystal Lake and their sons Jeffrey and Todd;  her longtime friend and caregiver, Rose Volpendesta and many other family and friends. Susie was preceded in death by her parents, William Jr. and Maxine Babington.

An informal gathering of family and friends will take place at Timber Pointe Golf Club, 5750 Woodstock Rd. Poplar Grove, IL 61065 on Tuesday, September 23, 2104 from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 451 Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at ww5.komen.org or the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (A.A.I.M.) at www.aaim1.org.

 

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Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Timber Pointe Golf Club

Address:

5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove, IL, 61065

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An informal gathering of family and friends will take place at Timber Pointe Golf Club, 5750 Woodstock Rd. Poplar Grove, IL 61065 on Tuesday, September 23, 2104 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date.


Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Time: 10:00 am -

St. Thomas The Apostle

Address:

451 Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal, LA, 60012

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Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 451 Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL


Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at ww5.komen.org or the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (A.A.I.M.) at www.aaim1.org.


 

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Born: July 21, 1952
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rick posted on 9/17/14

My condolences to the family i'm sure she will be missed. Rick Metropulos

 

carolyn schachtner posted on 9/21/14

I was so saddened to learn of the death of Susie, a beautiful lady inside and out. Having worked with her at North School, I saw first hand the love and respect her students and fellow teachers had for her, She will surely be missed by all of us, My condolences to her family. Sincerely, Carolyn Schachtner, Special ed, tchr, yrs, 1989-1990

 

Nancy Reddeman posted on 9/21/14

My deepest condolences to family and friends

 

Karin Haubold posted on 9/20/14

Miss Babington was my 5th grade teacher during the 1975 - 1976 school year. I had just moved to Illinois and was lucky to be assigned to her classroom. She encouraged us to explore the world thru reading, and our local area thru exploration. She had an unbelievable way of remembering us students, even many years after we had been in her classroom. She was an exceptional teacher, caring deeply for her students. I will always remember her with deep affection. I was saddened to hear today of her passing, my deepest sympathies to her family.

 

Bob and Libby Dunlap posted on 9/20/14

Please accept our deepest sympathies, Libby and Bob

 

Bob and Libby Dunlap posted on 9/20/14

Please accept our deepest sympathies, Bob and Libby

 

Geri Lortie Graves posted on 9/19/14

Dear Kim and family, I was a classmate of Susie and have very fond memories of her. She was a very sweet, kind person. My condolences to all of you. Geri Lortie Graves, Hannibal MO

 

Judith wood posted on 9/18/14

My best thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Always in my prayers

 

Denny & Pat Marolt posted on 9/18/14

Susie has fought a courageous fight. Our sympathy to her entire family. Bill and Pam, thinking of you at this difficult time. Affectionately, Denny & Pat

 

Robin Saunders posted on 9/17/14

My life is richer for having known Susie. To say she was an amazing woman is an understatement. It's a rare gift to have someone so special in your life, and I will treasure my memories of her always.

 

Mark-Hans Richer posted on 9/17/14

Mrs. Danielson (as I knew her as my 5th grade teacher) made an indelible and positive mark on my life through her spirit, openness, fun and sense of possibility. For me she was like George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life, a person who, had they not existed, would have left the world less well-off. I am sad about her passing, but so appreciative for her life. Thank you Mrs. Danielson.

 

Diane Vosti Wooldridge posted on 9/17/14

I am so very sorry to hear of Susie's passing. I know she's earned her wings! I will keep her in my prayers. Love to the family, Diane (Vosti)

 

Dale Murphy Emmet posted on 9/22/14

I feel like a part of my little girl heart just died with Susie. Susie was my teacher when she was still Ms. Babington. In fact, I was one of her classroom children so happily in attendance at her marriage to Kim Danielson. Upon hearing the news of her passing from my mom today, I just burst into tears. It makes me wonder what the vibrant, "cool" and beautiful Ms. Babington must have deeply meant to this 10-year-old child and I'm sure so many others.

 

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