Susan Starewicz

South Carolina

Susan Starewicz, 63, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016, from a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Gary, and her children were at her side at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina, as she peacefully went to be with her eternal Father.

Susan Diane Dixon was born on January 14, 1953, in Hammond, IN, to the late Robert and Dorothy Dixon. She graduated from Munster High School in 1971 and Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis in 1975. In the same year, she married Gary Starewicz and began working at Munster Community Hospital. Sue and Gary had two children, Michael and Kelly, and in 1986, they relocated to Columbus, IN. She began working at Columbus Regional Hospital as an RN and cherished serving patients there in a number of roles for almost 27 years. Sue was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

In 2014, Sue and Gary relocated to Chapin, South Carolina. Sue worked at Lexington Medical Center and was a member of Chapin United Methodist Church.

Described by family and friends as selfless, strong and courageous, a mentor and an inspiration, Sue loved serving her family, her church and her community. She loved to travel, spend time with friends and family and was involved in everything she could. She never wasted a moment, and truly lived each and every day to the fullest. She will always live in the hearts and memories of those who loved her as an incredible mother, wife, sister and friend. Lastly and most importantly, Sue lived her life as a light of Jesus. She was unwavering in her faith and drew her strength from Him.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Dixon, and niece, Erin Dixon.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; two children, Michael (Kathleen) Starewicz of Irmo, South Carolina, and Kelly (Michael) Baker of Columbus, Indiana; four grandchildren, Lila and Dixon Starewicz and Avery and Graydon Baker; and brothers, Tom (Debe) Dixon and Jim (Rhonda) Dixon.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 8, at Terrace Lake Community Church, 4260 West County Road 200 South, Columbus, IN 47201. A visitation with the family will occur from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4:30 p.m.

A nursing scholarship has been set up in Sue’s name by Zonta Club of Columbus, an organization she was passionate about and involved with here in Columbus. Please consider making a donation to this scholarship or to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Donations can be sent to: Zonta Club of Columbus, c/o Kitty Coriden, 3223 Woodland Pkwy., Columbus, IN 47203.