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Susan Chillman

October 21, 2021

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Susan Melanie Chillman It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Melanie Chillman (nee Strapko), age 65, of Elliot Lake, Ontario. Susan joined her late husband and love of her life, Gerald (Gerry) William Chillman (predeceased), on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Susan was born January 20, 1956 in Newmarket, Ontario to Michael Strapko Sr (predeceased) and Ann Strapko (predeceased). Loving mother of Angela Schneider, Crystal Schneider (Adrien) and Elizabeth Schneider (Fabiola), loving aunt of Andrea Polwarth, and stepmother of Todd Chillman and Geoffrey Chillman. Dear sister of Jeannie (predeceased), Nancy (predeceased), Patricia (predeceased) and David (Sonia). Proud grandmother (Nana) of Anna, Madison, Macayla, Mackenzie, Aubrey and Maddox. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Susan was a very spiritual woman, she has been feeling lost since the passing of her beloved husband Gerry; we feel comfort in knowing they are together again in spirit, giggling with each other lovingly while they watch over us. One of Susan’s fondest memories was of her childhood cottage where she met Gerry on Little Gull Lake, in Minden. Susan always put others before herself, even when she was struggling, and took on her late sister’s daughter and grandchildren as her own. She enjoyed connecting with her grandchildren online, had an interest in classic cars, and had a soft spot for all animals, including a lifelong habit of feeding the neighbourhood raccoons. We will miss your noodle casserole and other creative entrees, and our long chats about life and the family lineage. We’ll ensure that your beloved kitties, Patches and Pearl, are well cared for. Thank you mom/aunt Susan for loving us unconditionally and for showing us to keep fighting no matter how hard life gets. We love and will miss you dearly. We will always carry your memory in our hearts. With respect to Susan’s wishes cremation has taken place and no visitation or service will be held. A celebration of life may take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Susan’s honour to causes supporting mental health or heart and stroke disease, or plant a tree in her memory.

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