Suzanne M. Overstreet (nee Sanders),64, of Grafton, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, April 26th, 2020 in her home after a prolonged illness. She was born and raised in Oberlin, OH.
Suzanne began her career as a writer in 1986, as a columnist at the Chronicle Telegram. Her tenure at Oberlin College began in 1988, and in 2002 she became the Program Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program. While at Oberlin, she completed writing courses and was encouraged by the faculty to publish her works. In 2016, her historical novel, set during WWII, ‘Wait For Me’, was published and registered with the Library of Congress.
During her time at Oberlin College, she served as President of the OCOPE Union for many years where she impacted the lives of students and staff, and was affectionately referred to as The Tiger Lady. Her other achievements include starting her organic cookie business (Doughlicious) and running the family farm alongside her husband. However, her greatest accomplishment and pride was in raising her seven children.
Suzanne was blessed with 13 grandchildren that flowed through her house and brought even more love and laughter into her life. She loved hosting Holiday get-togethers, Easter egg hunts, Fall Festivals with wagon rides, Halloween parties, July 4th picnics, and Super Bowl Sunday Parties (for the commercials, of course). She loved flowers, especially Morning Glories, Tulips and Daffodils, and enjoyed watching the hummingbirds visit her feeders every year. Her favorite places to be were the playhouse she had custom-built for her grandkids that doubled as a writing nook, second only to Disney World. Suzanne spent her entire life modeling unconditional love and acceptance to her children. She leaves behind a legacy of love in her family that she spent her lifetime cultivating.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her beloved twin boys (July 20th-July 20th, 1978), parents Duane & Dorothy Sanders, and sister Rosemarie Sheffield. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Roger Overstreet, sons Kristofer (Liz) Overstreet, Branden Overstreet, Roger (Jamie) Overstreet, Trennt Overstreet, and daughters Angela (Jason) Schriver, Britteny (Aaron) Shroyer, Suzanne (Peter) Overstreet-Juenke, 13 grandchildren, sisters Lisa and Janice, and brother Duane
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