Susan Albrechtsen Anderson peacefully stepped forward into the next life on Friday, July 19, 2019, at her home in Woodstock, Ill.
Susan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Aug. 31, 1947. She graduated from Clearfield High School as its first National Merit Scholar and attended Brigham Young University, where she met her future husband. She graduated from Weber State College in elementary education with a minor in German.
She and her husband, Bruce, were married in Salt Lake City in 1968 and moved to Chicago later that year. She taught elementary school for two years before starting her all-time favorite job as a full-time mom to a family that grew to include six children. She and Bruce called Normal, Ill., home for over 40 years, where he worked as a dentist and Susan kept the books for the practice.
Susan connected easily, loved deeply, served freely, and countless lives were blessed by her friendship. She was active in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her entire life, and gave much service there and in the community. She was a true example of Christlike love, always thinking of others before herself.
Susan will be sorely missed, but we know she is in a wonderful place and that this separation is only temporary. Our Christian belief teaches that marriage continues after this life, into eternity, so the 51 years of marriage she shared with Bruce is just a beginning.
Susan is survived by her husband, Bruce, Woodstock, Ill.; four sons, Taylor (Teresa) Anderson, Gilbert, Ariz., Trent (LaRae) Anderson, Gilbert, Ariz., Grant (Alena) Anderson, Mesa, Ariz., and Garrett (Jeanie) Anderson, Woodstock, Ill.; two daughters, Julia (Brent Crenshaw), Woodstock, Ill., and Carma (Ian Sheehan), Mildenhall, England; 25 grandchildren; brother, Howard Albrechtsen (Donette), Normal, Ill.; stepmother, Lila Albrechtsen, two stepbrothers and four stepsisters, all of Utah. She was preceded in death by her son, Nephi Anderson; her parents, Howard and Julia Albrechtsen; a brother, Carl Albrechtsen; sister, Laurie Jane (James) Hebert; and stepbrother, Loyd M. Seely.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016 Hartland Road, Woodstock, Ill.