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Susan Marie Weigel
09/04/1950 — 01/31/2022
From Richland, WA | Born in Anaconda, MT
Susan Marie Weigel
Susan Marie Weigel, 71, of Richland, WA passed away in the presence of her family at Kadlec Regional Medical Center the morning of January 31st, 2022. Susan was born in Anaconda, MT on September 4th, 1950 to Ronald and Bette Beckman. She was the younger of two children, fulfilling the roles of both sister and friend to Linda Linhoff.
At age 13, Susan moved to Richland, WA with her family and graduated from Richland High School in 1968. After graduating, Susan started her role as a secretary for Atlantic Richfield.
In 1970, Susan married the love of her life, Steven Weigel. Susan and Steve celebrated nearly 52 years of marriage, consistently embodying what a marriage should be: unconditional support, devotion, and selflessness towards each other. Together, Susan and Steve welcomed their daughter in 1972 and son in 1975.
After completing her Montessori certification and teaching preschool for several years, Susan founded North Bend Montessori Inc. in 1996, located in North Bend, WA. Susan served as lead teacher and director at NBM, creating an atmosphere of acceptance, growth, and strong connections among both students and staff. Many of the original lead teachers at NBM are still there today, having formed long-lasting relationships with Susan through their years at the school. Susan’s legacy will live on serving the students of Snoqualmie Valley, where daughter Tanya Rolfs and son-in-law Eric Rolfs continue to run the school in her honor.
Upon opening NBM, Susan and Steve relocated to North Bend in 1996, splitting their time between Washington and hosting their family in their Arizona home. They returned to Richland in 2011. Susan enjoyed traveling. She and Steve went on over thirty cruises, during which they met many couples that developed into close friends. Some of Susan’s favorite things included enjoying the sunshine, spending time in the pool, cuddling her dogs Maggie and Bindi, reading, decorating, entertaining, cross-stitching and knitting, and of course, shopping with her family and friends.
Without a doubt, Susan’s greatest passion was spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Susan became “Nana” in 1997, with the birth of her first of four grandchildren. She felt such joy from serving such an important role in the lives of her grandchildren. Susan and Steve supported their grandchildren at all of their activities, traveling and arranging their schedules to make sure they could always be present for moments large and small. Susan’s commitment to her grandchildren touched their lives in ways that they will always carry with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Bette Beckman. She is survived by her husband Steve Weigel, her sister Linda Linhoff of Kennewick, WA, her daughter Tanya (Eric) Rolfs of Mount Vernon, WA, her son Tory (Dawn) Weigel of Maple Valley, WA, and her four grandchildren: Mikayla Rolfs, Alexia Rolfs, Gavin Weigel, and Aleigh Weigel.
Susan’s memorial will be held on March 19th, 2022 at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, WA at 3:00pm.
Sue’s smile brighten every room she entered. She will be greatly missed.
I met Sue through her granddaughter Lexi, at one of many horse events. She was always smiling, incredibly supportive of all that her grandchildren did. She will be greatly missed. Me deepest condolences to Steve, and the rest of the family.
My beautiful friend. You are so missed. I am So sorry for your loss. She was such a great friend.
Sue is the reason I am a teacher. She saw something in me that I hadn’t seen in myself. She was my mentor, she encouraged me and pushed me out of my comfort zones time and time again. She was also a mother figure to me. I will forever be grateful to Sue for everything she was in my life. You were truly an amazing woman! ♥️