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Celebration of Life Mass Set for Suzi Miner

March 9, 2018

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MACOMB, IL -- A Mass celebrating the life of Suzi Miner, former assistant director of Western Illinois University Alumni Programs, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at St. Paul Church in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. An additional visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass at the church. Miner, 70, passed away March 6 in Peoria.

Miner joined the Alumni Programs staff in 1989. As assistant director, Miner was instrumental in coordinating and hosting such alumni events as Evening with the President and Mayor and the 40-50 year reunions. She also was an integral part of WIU Homecoming activities, supervising special projects such as the WIU Centennial alumni directory and the alumni website and working with the Alumni Council. Prior to working in Alumni Programs, she was an office assistant in the WIU Department of Science Education from 1985-1989. She also worked as an audiologist for the Peoria School District from 1973-1975, and she also worked as an audiologist for the Western Illinois Association from 1975-1978.

She left Western in 2001 to serve as a program assistant with the Macomb School District, which she served until her retirement from Lincoln School in May 2012. She then volunteered with the pre-school program at St. Paul.

Miner earned her master's and bachelor's degrees from WIU. She had served as a member of the McDonough County Rehabilitation Board of Directors and as an adviser for WIU's Chi Omega sorority. She served as president of the Macomb Band Boosters, as a member of the Macomb Booster Club and as a hostess for the Miss Macomb Scholarship Pageant. Miner was a member of St. Paul Church, the St. Paul Women's Guild, the Macomb Country Club and the Rolling Meadows Sewing Group.

She is survived by her husband, Jim, who served as director of the Office of Student Activities at WIU and associate director of Campus Recreation; one daughter, Maureen Miner-Bell; two sons, Michael and Timothy; one granddaughter, Eleanor Rose Bell; two brothers, John Stambaugh and Mark Stambaugh; and one sister, Theresa Baker; along with many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

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