Susan Mary Stoddard
On Thursday October 17th, 2019 Susan Mary Stoddard passed away peacefully in her sleep in Bradenton FL at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.
Susan was born in Lockport, NY November 22nd, 1948. She was the eldest daughter of Orville and Mary Strassburg and was the sister of Sallie and William.
Susan grew up in Lockport and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education from SUNY Buffalo State College. On July 7th, 1973 she married Calvin Duane Stoddard. They had three
children, Jeffrey Calvin (Tracy), Timothy Andrew (predeceased), and Christen Elizabeth (Brandon). Susan later became the grandmother to Kira, Madelyn, and Cameron.
Susan began teaching at Gasport Elementary School and taught for several years until 1979 when she decided to become a full-time mother and homemaker. She was active in book clubs, card club, water aerobics, and was an avid reader for most of her life. In the 1990s, Susan returned to teaching and ran Discovery Preschool in Lockport for many years. She was also deeply spiritual and was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Lockport and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bradenton. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren and instilled in them a lifelong love of reading and the values of education, integrity, honesty, and caring for others.
Should you wish to give a gift to honor Susan's memory the family asks that, in lieu of flowers or other
gifts, please make a donation to MD Anderson Center for Cancer Research ( or to Trinity Lutheran Church in Bradenton ( where Susan was a member for many years.
Published on October 28, 2019


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Gil and Kathy Pease
Nov 04, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about this ....Sue was a wonderful teacher and definitely had a sense of pride for her family and deep love for all those she touched in her life. She has left a legacy of caring and strength for all of us. Kristin, Jeff and Cal.....thoughts and prayers sent your way.
Nanette Harmon
Nov 02, 2019
”Miss Sue” left an indelible mark on our lives. We are thankful for her teaching and her incredible warmth. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Mary Lou Lux Klemer
Oct 29, 2019
I was a classmate of Sue's at LSHS class of 1966. Sue always had a smile with her beautiful blue eyes and kind smile. My condolences to Cal and family.
Mary Anderson
Oct 29, 2019
I remember fun times we all had together when we were kids. My prayers are with you all.
Carrie Weaver
Oct 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. She was an amazing person and an exceptional teacher who touched many young lives.
Debra Allport
Oct 29, 2019
I will always remember sharing roles with Sue @ Lockport PTSA. She approached me in Tops Market to ask me.... obviously she was running out of volunteers! We did some great work and had a lot of fun together. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Sue was certainly a special woman.
Dorcas Clapsattle Kershaw
Oct 29, 2019
Susan and I were classmates at LSHS. I remember her as a kind , sweet girl. Looking at her picture I see the beautiful eyes. That is a memory I have always had of her. May deepest condolences to Cal and the entire family. May your memories of her bring much comfort ❤️
Becky Abbott, Sallie Anderson
Oct 29, 2019
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Susan, your family is in out thoughts and prayers.
Ann Van Dusen
Oct 29, 2019
I have may fond memories of Sue from teaching together, card club golfing and more. She had a great smile to share with everyone. Sue will be missed.
Allan Weseman
Oct 29, 2019
At about age 8 we would sit and talk sitting on the cannon at the end of Willow Park. We were both in the same Lutheran confirmation class at Trinity Lockport. I didn't know she also moved to Florida.
Jesse Bieber
Oct 28, 2019
I had the honor of having Miss Strassburg, as a teacher, in 1971-1972. I will always owe an indebtedness to her for my love of reading. Her kindness and caring will never be forgotten. One memory I have of her is when she invited our whole second grade class to come to her wedding. That was just the kind of person she was. Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing have a great and wonderful lady. ❤️