Our beloved girl, Susan Aline DeLapp, earned her eternal wings on April 2, 2018, ending her extended battle with cancer. We mourn the loss of her smile, her sense of humor, her laugh, her stories, her caring nature, her optimism, and her spunk. Her favorite song “Beautiful” by Carol King sums up Susan’s vie…read more
Our beloved girl, Susan Aline DeLapp, earned her eternal wings on April 2, 2018, ending her extended battle with cancer. We mourn the loss of her smile, her sense of humor, her laugh, her stories, her caring nature, her optimism, and her spunk. Her favorite song “Beautiful” by Carol King sums up Susan’s view of life: “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.”
Susan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating from Durrett High School. She attended Hanover College in Indiana where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois. Her sales careers with Ashland Chemical and Union Carbide took her from Chicago to Ohio, West Virginia, and New Jersey, eventually landing her back in her beloved Windy City (Go Cubs!). Seeking a career change, Susan looked to the skies and became a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines where her exuberant personality was set free. We can all imagine Susan providing comedic relief to her Southwest customers during her in-flight announcements.
While Susan had many career successes, if asked, she would have said her greatest accomplishment was attaining a life of sobriety. In typical Susan fashion, she tackled this challenge with tenacity. Little did she know the cancer challenges that lay ahead.
Once a mentor, always a mentor. Many of Susan’s Facebook friends have remarked on how she offered advice and support to them. Throughout her cancer journey, Susan was able to provide a wealth of knowledge for future medical research based on her outcomes. She faced each setback with optimism and never expected to lose her battle with bladder cancer or small cell lung cancer.
Susan was the daughter of James and Violet DeLapp, who predeceased her; the twin of Thomas George who predeceased her at birth; the sister of James (Suzann Campbell DeLapp); the aunt of Derek (Maria Veniaminova DeLapp); great Aunt Udi of Aleksandra (Sasha) and Danny; and mom of Pepper, Mr. Bigg, and Miss Pink.
Special Susan love to BFF James Edward Steinwinder who had her back throughout her recent cancer fight; Jyoti Patel, M.D., Susan’s thoughtful and caring oncologist; and the fabulous and attentive healthcare staff at Northwestern Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Donations in memory of Susan DeLapp are now being accepted at the University of Chicago Medicine. You may do so in one of two ways—writing a check or making a gift online.
University of Chicago Gift Administration and Business data
Susan DeLapp Memorial – Patel Research
5235 South Harper Court, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
See you in the clouds Susan…
Lovingly submitted by SanSan’s ADPi sisters – Hobber, Jeanno, Krauser, and Stretchhide