Gershon memorial service is Wednesday at Loveland Valley
Susan Tronnier Gershon, 47, passed away July 23 in the company of family and friends after a courageous three-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer. Born and raised in Colorado by two wonderful parents, she learned to love the outdoors, mountains, skiing, fishing, and the satisfaction that can only come from taking risks. She will be remembered for her strength, energy, love of life and travel, and her passion for skiing. Susie was a vivacious, strong, energetic, playful, caring woman who loved fulfilling her “bucket list” of travel and experiences whether it was sewing Halloween costumes for her two children, traveling around the world, heli-skiing, skydiving, or laughing with friends and family.She attended the University of Colorado where she raced for the ski team and in 1982 met her lucky husband of 21 years who was irresistibly drawn to the pretty, smart, athletic blonde with a make-me-laugh disposition. She then attended the University of Miami where she earned a master’s in physical therapy. After graduation, Susie made her home in Santa Fe in 1988, working as a physical therapist. Throughout her career she loved working with her colleagues and spending time with her patients. A year-and-a-half before her cancer diagnosis, Susie fulfilled another of her dreams, opening Bodywise Physical Therapy, with her friend and colleague, Heather Robertson.Susie raised her two children in her image, to chase their dreams, love life and find passion and joy in what they do. Susie fought the good fight against cancer and in doing so stayed true to her nature, skiing, learning to golf, taking pottery wheel classes, fishing, traveling to Hawaii with the family, river rafting and camping.Susie is survived by her 16-year-old son, CJ; 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie; husband, Dan; parents, Rosi and Fred Tronnier of Silverthorne; brothers, Peter and Paul Tronnier; sister-in-law, Kelly Tronnier; nieces and nephews, Christy, Amy, Stacy, and Eric Tronnier; and aunt and uncle, Antje and Bob Smith.The family sincerely thanks the multitude of friends who helped and spent time with Susie during the last three-and-a-half years. They serve as an inspirational reminder of Ecclesiastes 4:10: “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” We are also very appreciative of the personal and professional care given by Dr. Philip Shields, Joan Sierocinski, R.N. and the friendly staff at Santa Fe Brain & Spine Associates, Dr. Louise Abel, Dr. Leanna Scott Timperley and the staff at Cancer Institute of New Mexico, and Bee Zollo and Debrot Reconcini, of Presbyterian Medical Services. A special thank you to Nedra Matteucci and Elizabeth Brockmann for their help and generosity .The family requests that donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 800-770-8287, or to Presbyterian Medical Services Foundation, 505-954-2302.A celebration of life is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Valley.
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