GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Susan Laux, 68, of Greeneville transitioned to heaven on October 1, 2017.
She was born May 12, 1949, in Hancock, the daughter of Irma (Laitinen) and Oliver Aho of Ripley. She graduated from Hancock High School in 1967.
She married Philip Laux in September 1969. Sue was a quick-witted, strong and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Because of work, she and Phil lived in many locations during their marriage, she quickly made friends wherever she went and especially enjoyed playing cards and games with them. She had worked as a secretary.
She was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease and took on her disease as the true fighter she was. She dedicated herself to helping to understand the cause and finding a cure for Parkinson’s. She was involved with the Chicago Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) as well as volunteered in many support groups. She participated in multiple research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) allowing her body to be observed and leveraged in this cause. She was an inspiration to all and great support for her “Parkie Friends.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s parents, Dr. Philip and Rita Laux; and her brother-in-law, Robert Brunet.
She is survived by her husband, Philip; two children, Melissa Spies of Marietta, Georgia, and Kevin Laux of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Mary Brunet of Ripley and Ruth Wernert of Plainfield, Illinois; her brother, Paul Aho of L’anse. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Lillian Turns, Nathan and Cameron Spies, Ani and Clara Laux; her son-in-law, Russell Spies; soon to be daughter-in-law, Natalie Richardson; brother-in-law, Greg Wernert; and sisters-in-law, Joy Tobin and Sally Loup of Traverse City, Nancy Butler of Crystal Lake Illinois; brother-in-law, John Tobin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special thanks to her favorite doctor, Dr. Michael Rezak for his years of dedicated care and friendship.
She will always be remembered for her can-do spirit and deep love of family. We will have three Celebrations of Life to cover the three main geographical areas where she spent her life with her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Research Society. (parkinsonsprogress.org)