Mary Suzanne ‘Sue’ DePuydt

ESCANABA – Mary Suzanne “Sue” DePuydt, 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba after a brief illness.

Sue was born on May 23, 1924, in Detriot, to Radolph C. and Lillian H. (Blechschmidt) Ouellette.

She grew up in Detroit, graduating from Annuniation High School. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1945 with a BS in physical education.

She was married to Norbert C. “Bud” DePuydt on June 22, 1946, in Detroit. Together they lived in Dearborn, Painesdale, Venice, Florida, and Signal Mountain, Tennesee. She moved to North Woods Place in Escanaba in 2016 to be closer to family.

Sue’s work career included teaching physical education in Detroit and Dearborn. She was the swimming instructor and head of the Aquatics Center and Suomi College in Hancock for 10 plus years prior to her retirement.

She was an active member of the School Board of Adams Township (Painesdale) schools for 10 years. She and Bud raised eight dogs for the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. Dogs and leader dogs, were a passion for her and Bud. She was an active “Hockey Mom” while living in Dearborn and in the Copper Country, traveling far and wide to get her six boys to their practices and games. She was also active in each Catholic parish she attended. Her hobbies included playing cards and Mahjong, quilting, sewing, swimming, golf, watching football and ice hockey.

She is survived by her seven children, John D. (Cheryl, dec.) of Chassell, Marie A. (Thomas) Cain of Gladstone, Andrew C. (Suzanne) of Missoula, Montana, Mark L. (Michele) of Eagle River, Wisconsin, Timothy P. (Pamela) of Florence, Montana, Daniel D. (Annette) of Pelkie, and Louis G. of Hancock; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; parents, one brother, three sisters, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.

A Memorial Mass and celebration of Sue’s live is tentatively scheduled for May 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Parish Hall.

Memorial contributions, in Sue’s name, can be directed to Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester Hills, or the Delta Animal Shelter, Escanaba. Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at