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Suzanne M. (Ballantyne) Sheridan, 77, of Waters, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family.

Sue was born in Bay City on June 16, 1939, the daughter of Earl & Hilda (Mueller) Wuepper.

She graduated from Bay City Handy High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

In 1971 she moved to Gaylord and opened the Sears, Roebuck & Company Catalog Store. After several years, Sue began a new business venture and opened Sue’s Retail Shops which evolved into Sue’s Stamp & Scraps. Sue was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and her involvement in the community was extensive. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, served as president of Alpenfest and was honored as parade marshal.

Sue is survived by her husband, Patrick; her children, Karen (David) Foster of Florida, Michael Ballantyne of Florida and Kristen Ballantyne of Gaylord; siblings, Tom (Barb) Wuepper of Alger, Mary-Lou (Harry) Moak of Sterling Heights and John Wuepper of Gaylord; stepchildren, Douglas (Katie) Sheridan of Redford, Rebecca Sheridan of Mackinaw Island, Steven (Heather) Sheridan of Novi, Kathleen (Brian) Engleby of Redford and Elizabeth Sheridan of Garden City and grandchildren, Kayla Edwards, Kole Newberry and Lily Schrader. Sue is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 3-8pm. Memorial services are planned for Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM from Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor Thomas Mammoser, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or to the Alpenfest Sponsorship Program, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: Peace Lutheran Church

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From: Catherine Scott

Wishing Sue's family peace. So sorry for your loss. Please remember, not that Sue has died, but that she lived,and her life has given you memories too beautiful to forget. Although grief over Sue's passing is great-Joy of welcoming her back in the resurrection will be even greater, for Christ promised, "I Am The Resurrection and The Life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, Will Come To Life." (John 11:25) With deepest sympathies.

From: Dave & Sue Damp
Gaylord, MI

Our thoughts are with you during this time. Enjoy your memories of her. Prayers for your family.

From: Gwen Niemisto
Milford, Michigan

What a dear friend Sue was to so very many. She will always be in my heart and she taught me so very much in my time with her. I always admired her deep love for her family and her husband, Pat. AS I would talk to her she would bring me up to date on each of them and yes, the friends in Gaylord, too. They were all important to her and she made sure new people were introduced and made to feel welcome. In our loss we are all thankful she is a Christian and in a better place, no longer in pain. There are so many happy memories of time spent in her presence. I thank you, Sue, for all you did for us here on earth. You were a treasure and will be missed. I pray all your family and friends will remember the blessed times in their grieving.

From: Phyllis Kelley-Gill

Sympathies to her family. She was one of the first women business people in town.

From: Ann & Vince II LaRosa
Saint James City, FL - Florida

Our sincere condolences and prayers for Sue's Family at this time of great loss. Sue will be greatly missed by all that knew her! What a great lady and friend to all!

From: Amy Johnston Sisovsky
Clio, Mi

Karen and Kristen so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Gaylord will never be the same. Your mother was so sweet got to know her pretty good out at Lakes of the North. She was just awesome.

From: Amy Peters
Alpena, MI

As a past Alpenfest Queen Court member I will treasure my blumenkranz Sue made all the more now. She was an Alpenfest pillar and it was such fun when my own daughter was fitted by Sue for her first blumenkranz as a baby. Much love and prayers to her family. Sue was a delightful woman and her kindness will not be forgotten.

From: Robin Petruska

So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. She was my 'crafting idol' She was such a creative person, and I loved taking her crafting classes - made everything from pinecone wreaths to paper ribbon dolls and especially stamping. I loved working at Sue's Stamp N Scrap, and my love for stamping and paper crafting lives on. Thanks for everything Sue! I will miss you.

From: Jim and Barb Lappan
Gaylord, MI

A beautiful women, a wonderful smile and many fond memories. May her life be remembered and passed forward by all who were lucky enough to have the pleasure to have known her.

From: Dawn Collins
GAYLORD, Michigan

I am so sorry to hear your mom has passed. I know she is at peace but she will be missed. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Nancy Morgridge
Mohave Valley, Arizona

I was saddened to hear of Sue's passing. I have so many fond memories of our times together in Gaylord, Florida, etc. Blessings and prayers for the family.

From: Billy Borst
St. Ignace, MI

My heart goes out to you all. Sue was a wonderful lady and our friendship meant a lot to me. I have many fond memories of our family gatherings. God Bless RIP Sue Billy

From: Stacey Rosin

Sending love and continuing in prayer for your family.

From: Bonnie and Vaughn Goodenow

Your Mom was a wonderful woman and it was a real pleasure knowing her. She always had a happy smile on her face. She was a true Christian and lived her faith everyday. We will miss her.

From: Dorothy Jensen

Sue was a great gal with a wonderful personality. I was one of her customers and we became good friends. Of course that was years ago. Michael was in the same grade as my youngest son. I know her family and friends will really miss her. I'm sure she is in a much better place with no more pain and suffering.

From: Judy Hart

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Sue. She will always be remembered as hard-working, honest, respectable, plus great fun while we worked together on Alpenfest. Sue was ALWAYS helpful and supportive. Judy Hart

From: Brenda Bonamie
Alachua, Florida

I am so sorry for this loss. Love to you all!

From: Marcia Andrews
West Palm Beach, Florida

Farewell to a wonderful friend, I am sending hugs to her children. Sue was a wonderful person and it was a blessing to have her as a longtime friend.

From: Phyllis Boughner

Our condolences to Sue's family. She was a lovely lady full of spirit. Definetly a people person. She will be missed

From: Terry and Cindy Morgridge

Really sorry to hear of your moms passing. Always had a kind thought. Our prayers are with you all.

From: Tara Fitzek Williams
Evanston, Il

Kristi, Karen, Michael and families: my heart breaks for you for the loss of your mom. Sue was an amazing woman with the brightest, happiest attitude. She always greeted with a warm smile and a caring hug. She was "another mom" to so many of us. Rest In Peace fellow Bronco and ROW THE BOAT! We will all come together to support your many loved ones and help them keep their oars in the water!

From: Donna Boughner

I loved Mrs. Ballentyne! She smiled all the time and cared for everyone around her. After all of these years I had no idea she was a fellow Bronco! She was a pillar of this community and there will be a void not seeing her at Alpenfest. Goodbye Mrs. B, thank you for all you have given us. ??RTB

From: Missy Gapinski

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Sue was a terrific lady and will surely be missed. Always loved chatting with your mom. She always made me smile. Prayers to your family