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Susan Dee Letizia Yingling

March 12, 1957 — November 23, 2023

In the year of grace, 1957, on the twelfth day of the third month, a child
was born in the fair city of Ft Wayne, Indiana. This child, christened
Susan Dee Letizia, would grow to be a woman of great intellect,
boundless enthusiasm, and a heart filled with kindness and love. Alas,
in the year of our Lord 2023, on the twenty-third day of November, her
earthly journey came to an end in the serene town of Simpsonville,
South Carolina.

Susan, known to her family and friends as a woman of great faith, was
an adventurous spirit who lived life with an enviable gusto. Her heart
was a wellspring of selflessness, ever ready to pour out love and
kindness on those around her. She was a beacon of light in a world
often darkened by despair. In her youth, Susan pursued the noble discipline of education, earning a
Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. Her scholarly pursuits did not
end with her own education, however. Nay, she chose to share her
wisdom and knowledge with others, stepping into the role of Professor
of English and Journalism. She was a passionate educator, striving
to inspire her students to reach for the stars and beyond.
In the realm of work, Susan was not limited to the halls of academia.
She also lent her voice to the airwaves as a Radio DJ, sharing her love
of 60s and 70s music with an eager audience. Her show was a beloved
fixture, a source of joy and nostalgia for all who tuned in.
Susan was a woman of many interests and passions. She had a soft
spot for the simple pleasures of life: the cluck of chickens, the aroma of
freshly brewed coffee, the thrill of a well-played football game, the hunt
for treasures in antique shops. Her appreciation for these seemingly
small joys served as a constant reminder to those around her to savor
each moment.

She was survived by her loving husband, Richard A Yingling, and her
devoted daughters, Collette Massey, wife of Brock Massey, and
Breanne Farris, wife of Josh Farris. Her daughter Jerica Yingling,
married to Andrew Crichton, and her sister Lori Gassert, wife of E
Curtis, Gassert, and brother James Letizia, husband of LuAnne Letizia,

also mourn her passing. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter
Lisa A Yingling. Her granddaughters Aida Sites, Savannah Sites, and
Quinn Massey, and grandsons Benjamin Farris and Henry Farris, will
remember her with love and gratitude. She was also survived by her
stepmother Marjorie Letizia and her stepfather Wayne Diederich. Her
father, Louis A Letizia, and mother, Colleen D Diederich, greeted her in
the afterlife.

In the words of the Bard, All the world is a stage, and all the men and
women are merely players; Susan played many roles in her time at this
stage: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, mentor,
friend. Yet, in every role, she was herself: adventurous, faith-filled,
selfless. She lived her life as a testament to the power of love, kindness,
and faith.

In conclusion, let us remember Susan not with sorrow, but with joy. For
her life was a song of love, a dance of joy, a tale told by an extraordinary
woman, full of sound and fury, signifying everything. As we bid her
earthly form adieu, let us remember her spirit, which, like a star, shines
on in the darkness, guiding us towards love, faith, and kindness. Dear
Susan, thou art at peace now. Fare thee well.
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