Susanne M. (Koronka) Sides

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Susanne “Sue” (Koronka) Sides, age 59, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. She was a beloved mother, sister, friend, and the best nana to her grand-dog.

Sue was born on August 1, 1963, in Gaylord, MI to Frank and Donna (Giffin) Koronka.

She graduated from St. Mary Cathedral High School in 1981.  After graduation she attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, receiving a degree in graphic design. She then worked for several newspapers including, Northern Star, Herald Times, and most recently, The Weekly Choice.

Her children were her pride and joy. Determined to give them the best life, she would make sure they could participate in all the events they wanted, even if she had to be the coach. From sporting events to band concerts, she was always there cheering as loud as she could! Always their biggest fan!

Sue loved to do crafts, work with her Cricut machine, create new designs, and make gifts for family and friends. She loved spending time with her daughter. Even if it was only going to a doctor’s appointment, they made it a good time! She loved her siblings and had so much fun on their “girls” shopping trips. All of those were special, but if asked, her favorite times were hanging out with her grand-dog. Sitting on the porch swing for hours with the dog became her preferred way to spend her days. Spoiling “her baby” with treats and car rides made her happy!

Whenever you saw Sue, she would always have a smile on her face, no matter what life was throwing her way. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO). She accepted this disease as part of her life, and lived each day to its fullest, never knowing what symptom could arise tomorrow. She never let this chronic illness get her down and never said “Why me”. She accepted it, became an advocate, and took it on as part of her life.

While here on earth, “Mama Sue” made a significant impact on so many lives. The Internal Medicine practice at Otsego Memorial Hospital and the Zumba community of Gaylord will greatly miss her smiling face, her laugh, her hugs, and her encouragement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Donna.

She is survived by her loving children, Trevor (Tamara) Sides, and Brittney (Brent) Horrigan, both of Gaylord; her sisters, Victoria (Michael) Beltz, of Skandia, MI, and Mary (Bob) Gapinski of Felch, MI; and brother, Doug (Amy) Koronka of Kalkaska; many nieces and nephews; her former husband and friend, Tom Sides; and of course, her favorite grand-dog, Autumn Mae.

Although this loss has created a very deep void in our life, we are fortunate to have many wonderful memories to keep close to us forever. We will no longer be seeing our mother as we have been accustomed to, but we know someday we will be with her again.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 11 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Monday, June 19, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at St. Mary Cathedral from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Neuromyelitis Optical (NMO) charity of your choice. Two of Sue’s favorites include the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation online and the Sumaira Foundation (click on links provided).

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

14 comments on “Susanne M. (Koronka) Sides”

  1. My beautiful little sister. May you be at peace and soar with the angels. You will always be with me.

  2. Connie Zaborowski

    So sad to hear of Susanne’s passing. I had the pleasure to work alongside Sue for many years at Star Publications. She was always very helpful, dedicated to her family and work in her quiet way. Our condolences to her children and all other family members and friends. Rest in peace Sue, you certainly deserve all the good that awaits you in heaven.
    Connie Zaborowski

  3. I am so sorry to hear about Sue’s passing she was always such a sweet lady, always had a smile when I saw her.

  4. So deeply sorry for the loss of your mom. I worked with Sue for many years at the Northern Star. We had a lot of good times and she will be missed. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord.
    Berni Seidell

  5. Al Haske-Wojtkowiak

    Brittney, even though you’d work us hard in Zumba class, your Mama always did her best with a smile on her face. Her smile and hard work was an inspiration to me to keep pushing and trying to keep up. I hope you’ll share your smile as I see her in you. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  6. Dear Brittny and all family,
    I know how much your Mom meant to you, and you’ll always and forever continue to feel that love! It’ll just be felt in a different way, but her Spirit remains now as your Guardian Angel..
    Sympathy Hugs to you and all family of Sue. She was a very kind lady and will be missed.
    Kathy Avenall

  7. Trevor, Brittney, and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. When you kids were at North Ohio Elementary, I always loved when your mom stopped by to visit. You kids were her whole heart. I always said that I wished more parents were like her. I’ve run into her numerous times at the store since then (most recently, not that long ago). She would always fill me in on how you kids were doing! She was one great lady and will be missed by many, I am sure. Sending hugs..
    ☮️❤️🐾Mrs. Little (Robin)

  8. Doug I am so very sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Sending prayers of strength and comfort for you and your family,
    Sandra Payne

  9. Bernie Gapinski

    I am sad to see Sue had passed. She will be missed. My heart goes out to her family. Though we hadn’t seen each other often since school I will always remember our Facebook chats.

  10. My sincere condolences to the family. Sue was a very sweet person and I am truly saddened by her passing. She did some subcontracting design work for my husband and I. She was always a pleasure to work with and very talented. RIP Sweet Sue

  11. Barbara Petoskey

    Brittany, I am so very sorry for you and your families loss! I loved your Mom! May she RIP now. Sending love and hugs to you!

  12. Trevor and Brittney, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. While in Gaylord I was privileged to be a friend of Sue.
    Sue, Rest in Peace Dear Girl!

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