Susan Jacobson Norborg

Died: Thu., Jul. 20, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 24, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 25, 2017
Location: Christ the King Lutheran

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Susan Jacobson Norborg died early in the morning on July 20, 2017. Her death was sudden, but not unexpected, coming three years after she was diagnosed with a rare, essentially untreatable, blood disorder. The grief we feel at losing this uniquely lovable soul is immense, but those whose lives she touched are deeply grateful for the time we had with our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Born in Chicago in 1940, Susan Jacobson grew up on Sawyer Avenue, north of Foster, in a house built by her grandfather. She was the eldest child of Alice and Roland Jacobson, followed by sister, Sally and brother, Richard. After high school at North Park Academy — where she and her future husband were dubbed Ideal North Park Boy and Girl for 1958 — Susan went on to great success as an English major at Lake Forest College, winning the title of Homecoming Queen and earning a Phi Beta Kappa key. In 1963, she married Chris Norborg and began her career as an elementary school teacher, supporting her husband’s medical studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Susan and Chris had four children: Amy — who, tragically, died while still an infant — followed by Jennifer, Christopher, and Heather. The family ultimately settled in South Bend, Indiana, building a full and fortunate life together, generally characterized by silliness and laughter, with the intermittent serious conversation about life’s deepest and most difficult questions.
Susan’s final years were especially blessed. She and Chris sang together in the South Bend Symphonic Choir, traveled extensively, and, especially after Chris’s retirement in 2008, spent many idyllic days at their cottage on the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan. In July 2013, surrounded by friends and family, they celebrated 50 years of marriage. To Susan’s great delight, her children all ended up living in the Chicago area, allowing her to spend much time with her six treasured grandchildren: Freya (19), Theo (16), Domingo (10), Amalia (9), Lucy (8), and Ingrid (6). Grandma devoted countless hours to meticulously planning crafts and games to enjoy with the grandkids, and (literally) never said no when they asked her to “come play with us!” Susan attended countless plays, ballet and piano recitals, and school ceremonies; read (and reread) libraries of books to gaggles of children; served as baker’s assistant in multiple impromptu cupcake contests between the cousins; and always made room in “her chair” for a warm snuggle.
We love Susan deeply and have no idea how we will bear her absence. May the memory of her goodness, of her joy and her strength, sustain us today and in future times of need.
We welcome all to visit with Susan’s family on Monday, July 24, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana.
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Frederick Hartzell
   Posted Sat July 22, 2017

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Frederick B. Hartzell.

"Comfort, light, and grace." Thank you, Susan. Peace to your soul. Love and prayers for healing to your family. Frederick B. Hartzell

Melinda Wesolowski
   Posted Sat July 22, 2017
Dear Chris and Family,
I am so so sorry for your loss. Susan was a very sweet and gentle soul. I never heard her complain once about her illness! I will deeply miss my fellow alto's lovely voice. I pray God will grant you the Grace to bear this loss and celebrate Susan's life.

Ian Best
   Posted Sat July 22, 2017

SUNFLOWER SPRAY was sent by The family Best.

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.- Dr. Seuss Thinking of you all. Love Ian, Leticia, Sofia and Graciela.

Ian Best
   Posted Sat July 22, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Beatriz Setrini.

With deepest sympathy, Beatriz Setrini

Sallie Tasto
   Posted Sun July 23, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Sallie Reid Tasto.

In Memory of my Beloved Friend, Sue. Love and Condolences to Chris and Family. Sallie Reid Tasto

Karin A Deitrick (Erickson)
   Posted Sun July 23, 2017
Sending love, prayers and sympathy to the family. I knew Susan from North Park Academy and through my friendship with her sister Sally. I always admired Susan and looked up to her. She was a class act.

David Robinson-Milwaukee, WI
   Posted Sun July 23, 2017
My condolences to the entire Norborg family at this very difficult time of loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed playing music with her son Chris over the years and the very positive energy from both Chris and Jennifer. I have a good memory of being at their family Michigan Cottage as a guest for the day and had a blast.

Tom and Marianne Parisi
   Posted Sun July 23, 2017
Our condolences. Thank you for the moving tribute to Susan in the Tribune today. Tom and Marianne Parisi

Maria Garcia
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Maria Garcia and family.

Marianne Peregrine
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Dr Chris Want to express how sorry I am for you and your family's loss of Sue May you all feel God's comfort strength and love during this difficult time I am praying for you Sincerely Marianne

Keyla Vazquez
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017

SWEET AND WARM  REMEMBRANCE    TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Office of Inspector General.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Don and Lynne Wolfgang
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
She was a remarkable and faithful CTK friend. May your loving memories comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don and Lynne Wolfgang

Etta Nevel
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
To the Norborg family
I am sure you know how lucky you were to have Susan in your lives all these years. She was one of the most loving people I have ever known. She was a real delight It's just sad that she couldn't be with you another decade or two. She leaves a great legacy in her kids and grandkids

Love, Etta and Bernie Nevel

Debbie Sieradzki
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
Dr Norborg & family: Sending deepest sympathy to you & your family. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers. Hugs always.