July 9, 1943 - July 31, 2017
Funeral Service, 2:00 PM August 06, 2017, Omega Funeral & Cremation Service, Click HERE for directions
Susan ‘Sue’ Ann Waldman passed away peacefully early July 31st in Gresham, Oregon. Sue was born in Portland, Oregon on July 9, 1943 to Russell Harry and Helen Jean Waldman. Sue is survived by her son Wade Aron Sippel (Joy); grandson Justin Russell Sippel; sisters Mary Kidd (Dan), Barbara Dollinger, Sally Gunsch; and 19 nieces and nephews; husband Gordon Sippel (divorced).
Sue attended Beaumont Elementary school and graduated from Grant High School in 1961. .
Sue, in her youth, was a vivacious, fun loving teenager and developed her leadership skills managing her three sisters growing up. She also learned to take advantage of the opportunity to use them as a foil if she was potentially in trouble.
Sue developed a fondness for clowns, probably because her father Russell was a Shriner Cy-clown for several years and accumulated a collection of sculptured clowns she proudly displayed.
Sue rose to the level of Honored Queen in Jobs Daughters, a masonic organization for girls. She was a leader in the philanthropic sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, in which money was raised and parties planned for children with Downs Syndrome as well as raising money for the SIDS organization. These traits caught the eye of Gordon Sippel during their high school years. They were married in 1961 and had one son, Wade Aron in 1966 who was the first male born into the Waldman family in 46 years. The couple was divorced in 1968 but remained friends throughout her life.
Wade and Sue supported and cared for each other from the time Wade was able to walk. As Wade grew up, and developed a love of the outdoors, fishing, camping and the solitude that accompanied his time outside, Sue supported his passions and though was not so outdoorsy herself, she ensured Wade and Justin were well equipped and safe. Likewise in the later years in particular, Wade has been a rock for Sue to lean on. Sue’s grandson Justin was the light of her life. She loved spending time with him, spoiling and doting on him which included lots of shopping. Grandma Sue loved her very special boy, then and now as a man.
Sue’s long career in the food industry began in 1962 at Dickensheets & Potter and lasted until the company was sold in 1973. Sue’s light really shined brightly after starting her own business, Susan Ann Brokerage (SAB) using the skills & contacts she developed in her previous position. Sue flourished with SAB until 2013, brokering everything from pineapples from Hawaii, apples from the Yakima valley and boxes for packing the produce. She packed her home office in 2013, in the same boxes that she had brokered for many years, and retired.
Sue always maintained a passion for the Dallas Cowboys and even in their down years, insisted they were the best team in America. Sue loved to travel as well as a golf game that she played for only a short time, but then became a voracious watcher of the PGA on television. If there was a major or even regular golf tournament televised, you could always find Sue scoping it out wherever she was. Her favorite travel destinations included Hawaii, Pebble Beach, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. Sue also loved reading novels and sharing them continually with family and friends.
After the identification of her dementia diagnosis Wade and she determined that she was in need of increasing assistance at home with cooking and maintaining the house. At this time Wade introduced Sue to Kandy Price, who turned out to be an ideal match for Sue as a personal assistant and caregiver. They subsequently developed a bond that remained until Sue’s last days. Kandy’s assistance became even more important this last spring when Susan experienced a traumatic injury from a fall in her home. Our family wants to give Kandy our heartfelt thank you for her love, excellent care and the increased quality of life for Susan. We’re especially grateful for all the laughter that ensued as they conquered the foibles of life and aging.
Susan’s decline gradually escalated from the fall due in part to the dementia and also a hereditary kidney disease. The last several days before Sue’s passing were spent with close family and the love of her life at her bedside. The family all drew strength from each other as our wonderful, beautiful and feisty mom, grandmom, sister, auntie, friend, slipped away.