Susan (York) Lofaro, 84, of Plymouth, began her life in heaven Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

She was born Dec. 1, 1929 in Battle Creek, Mich., to Clarence and Aina Jacobson Walquist. Susan grew up in Roseville, Mich., and lived her adult life in Utica, Romeo and Saginaw, Mich., and the last 15 years in Plymouth.

The spiritual aspect of life was of primary importance to Susan. She is now with her Lord Jesus Christ and is also reunited with her mother, whom she has greatly missed for almost 70 years.

Susan is survived by her children, Mark and Carolyn Lofaro of Holland, Mich.; Karen York McDonald of Marysville, Mich.; Rev. Richard and Rev. Sharon York of Plymouth; Fred York and Rita Godina of San Antonio, Texas; Janet York and Tracy Weir of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Joan England and Jim Mehlhose of Warren, Mich.; her daughter-in-law, Cathy York of Saginaw, Mich.; siblings, Betsy Meo of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; Dr. William (Lucille) Walquist of Roseville, Mich.; Janet Giordano of Beulah, N.D.; Mike (Sharon) Walquist of Madison Heights, Mich.; Tim (Marge) Walquist of Macomb Township, Mich.; Dan (Gayle) Walquist of Eastport, Mich., and Aina Amanda (Roy) Ridley of St. Augustine, Fla.; sister-in-law, Marilyn Parker of Marine City, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; special nephew, Bruce (Sooki) Swanson of Placentia, Calif.; and many other nieces and nephews.

Susan was predeceased by husbands, Odie Boyd, Fred York and Tom Lofaro; two sons, Clifford Boyd York and Mark York; and four siblings, Kelly, Jim and Rob Walquist and Mary Swanson.

A funeral service to celebrate Susan’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Christian Life Assembly of God, 933 Krumrey St. in Plymouth, with the Rev. Jeff Woodward officiating.

The family will receive visitors Saturday, from noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Susan will be inurned at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Mich.

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For many years Susan sponsored a child at a school for the deaf in India. It was also significant to Susan that she “broke the curse” being the first of her siblings not to die of cancer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations sent directly to the Compassion International Child Sponsorship program or the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund would be appropriate.

The Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Susan’s family with arrangements.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. George Schroeder of Plymouth Family Physicians for his attentive and compassionate care for Susan.

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