Vail Daily obituary: Susan Carole Bloomer Kanne, Oct. 15, 1958 to April 16, 2017
Susan Carole Bloomer Kanne, 58, of Gypsum, died April 16, in Grand Junction from a glioblastoma. She passed peacefully with her husband, sister and brother nearby. Susan was a professor of nursing at Colorado Mountain College and a registered nurse at the Vail Valley Surgery Center.
Before becoming a nurse, she studied political science and history at Frostburg State and Ohio University. She received her master’s in nursing leadership from Regis University in Denver.
Susan arrived in Vail in the late 1990s after an illustrious nursing career in Baltimore. She was an emergency room nurse at Johns Hopkins University and worked in hospice and psychiatric nursing for many years in her beloved Baltimore.
She worked closely with HIV/AIDS patients in the early 1980s, a time when many people, including health practitioners, refused to acknowledge or care for them. Twice, she appeared on C-SPAN presenting testimony to Congress to advocate on their behalf.
Later, Susan worked in almost every nursing department of Vail Valley Medical Center and worked at the Vail Valley Surgical Center. It’s fitting that her workplace, the operating room, was once called the operating theater.
Indeed, Susan was the star, singing and dancing her way around the sterile room as surgeons fixed complicated injuries. Susan also taught nursing at Colorado Mountain College.
Her vast knowledge, innate compassion and truly epic sense of humor made her a natural student favorite.
Susan was a true citizen of the world. After a travel-abroad semester in Europe during college, Susan took a job as a bartender in Scotland. While Susan’s heart belonged to Baltimore, in her beloved gingerbread house full of stray pets and other various misfits, her soul lingered in the old cobblestone streets of Paris. She took frequent trips to France, most recently with her sister, Judy.
Susan also loved music, dancing and making everyone around her laugh. Susan had a happy, hilarious song for everyone who had the tremendous luck to share her path, whether for a moment or a lifetime.
On her Facebook page, Susan had written her life’s motto: “We’re all in this together. Be kind to each other.”
Susan is survived by her husband, Kevin Kanne, of Gypsum; her brother, Thomas Bloomer, of Maryland; and her sister Judy (Bloomer) Ward, of Maryland; in addition to many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life potluck will be hosted by Susan’s husband, Kevin, at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. In the spirit of the way Susan lived her life, all are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or Eagle County’s Red Ribbon project.