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Obituary-Susan Fitzgerald Dill

Susan Fitzgerald Dill, known to everyone as Sue, peacefully passed away on June 29, 2012, in Pagosa Springs after a brief illness. The only child of Charlotte and Dennis Fitzgerald, Sue was born July 8, 1923, in Saginaw, Mich.

Sue is survived by her children, daughter, Kathi Dill DeClark (Dale), of Pagosa Springs,; Mike Dill, of Cayman Islands; Tim Dill, of Albany, Ga.; as well as four grandchildren; Jason Santoro and Stephanie Santoro Bentley; Patrick Dill and Christian Dill; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in by her husband, John Dill, infant daughters, Janet and Patty, and son Patrick.

In 1966, Sue moved to Waynesboro, Pa., where her husband was to be the new manager of the Waynesboro Country Club. After only a few short months, he died unexpectedly and Sue was asked to be the manager of the club. With no experience and four children to raise on her own, Mrs. Dill successfully managed the country club for the next thirty years. Upon retirement, she worked at Washington County Hospital, in Hagerstown, Md., in hospitality and special events.

In 2004, Sue relocated to Pagosa Springs to be closer to family. There, she attended St. Patrick Episcopal Church, loved volunteering at Loaves and Fishes, enjoyed gourmet cooking and cooking for others. Since suffering a stroke in 2008, she resided at Pine Ridge Extended Care Facility for four years.

She was always happiest when she was helping and volunteering, going to lunch with her girlfriends, cooking and reading. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, wife and daughter. Her lasting legacy will be the many lives she touched and enhanced. She will be missed by many.

Mrs. Dill’s remains will be interred with her husband at Greenlawn Cemetery in Waynesboro, Pa. Memorial service details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patrick D. Dill Scholarship Fund at Penn State University. Mrs. Dill established this scholarship in 1978 in memory of her son, Patrick, who was student at Penn State University at the time of his death.

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