Susan Kroh Myrick passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
She was born on Nov. 15, 1930 to Charles Weaver Kroh (known as Jim) and Lucy (Freeman) Kroh. Her grandparents were Stephen and Josephine (Walter) Freeman of Lake Wawasee and George and Mary (Weaver) Kroh. She was the fourth of seven children: Charles Freeman Kroh, also known as Jim, Mary Jo Kroh TeGrootenhuis, George Stephen Kroh who died at age 5 of pneumonia, John Frederick Kroh, Thomas J. Kroh and Jane Kroh Clashman. Mary Jo and John preceded Susan in death.
Susan grew up in Syracuse in the family home on Lake Street. She had fond memories of playing outside with the neighbor children as well as her brothers and sisters and swimming at Lake Wawasee at the home of her grandparents. Susan was an excellent swimmer.
Susan’s father was a partner in the Thornburg Drug Stores and she worked behind the counter in the soda fountain during the summers. She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1948 where she had been president of her class for three of the four years of high school and was the base drummer for the Syracuse High School Band.
After graduation Susan attended MacMurray College. Susan married Marshall E. Coy, son of Zella and Chauncey Coy, on July 6, 1951 in a ceremony at the home of her parents. They had two children: Amy Coy Matherly and Sarah (Sally) Ann Coy. Marshall died suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 27, 1960.
In 1961 Susan met Carl Myrick, originally from Fairmount, Illinois. They were married in December of 1961. Susan and Carl had one daughter, Cynthia Myrick Rosenberg. Carl died in 2016.
Susan was active in her children’s education and was a room mother on numerous occasions and a member of the local PTA. She did not have a full-time career outside of her home until her children were older. She obtained her real estate license and began working in the Turkey Creek Township Assessor’s Office. She served two terms as the Turkey Creek Township Assessor, a job she loved.
Susan was always involved in her community. She served on the Cemetery Board, the Kosciusko Property Tax Appeal Board, attended Town Council meetings, helped care for local parks, supported the local schools and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
For decades she was the precinct committee person for Precinct 3 in Turkey Creek Township. During that time, she had a 98% voter turnout rate, the highest voter turnout rate of any precinct in the State of Indiana. The Indiana Republican Party presented her with an award for her years of excellent service.
One of Susan’s highest priorities was that her daughters all graduate from college. She achieved her goal.
In retirement Susan enjoyed traveling and being part of the lives of her grandchildren: Benjamin Ryan Matherly, Kelly Matherly Shewmaker, Andrew Jacob Rosenberg and Molly Margaret Rosenberg. She found great delight as well in being a great grandmother to Gia Theresa Matherly, Eulah June Shewmaker, Graham Ryan Matherly and Finley Alan Shewmaker.
Of all her accomplishments and awards, and all her community service to the Town of Syracuse and the State of Indiana, she counted her family as her greatest joy.
A service for Susan will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee.
Memorial donations can be made to the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum at 1013 North Long Drive, Syracuse, IN 46567.
Donations in Susan’s name can also be made online at syracusemuseum.org. Eastlund Funeral Home is handling arrangements.