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Elizabeth Sue Hardaker

October 17, 1938 — February 22, 2023

Elsie

    Elizabeth Sue "Sue" Hardaker, age 84 of Elsie, MI, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at her son’s home.

    Private Family Services will be held.  Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI.

    Elizabeth was born in St. Johns, Michigan on October 17, 1938 the daughter of Dr. George Wilcox and Mary Louise (Wilbur) Bennett.  She was a graduate of Elsie High School.  She married Robert L. "Bob" Hardaker, Sr. on December 5, 1956, in Elsie, Michigan.  They were blessed with fifty-four years of marriage, prior to his passing on November 4, 2011.

     Sue had a deep interest in genealogy; she enjoyed researching her own family history and helping others in their search. She was involved in the Elsie Historical Society for many years.  Sue was a gifted piano and organ player. She was faithful in her devotion to Christ and her church, the First Baptist Church of Elsie where she played the organ for many years.  She had a love of animals, especially cats. Sue worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Elsie for forty years, serving as the Postmaster for the last twenty years.  

     Sue is survived by her son Robert and Marcia Hardaker, II of Owosso, MI; daughter Darlene and Curt Nickels of Ovid, MI; grandchildren: Stephanie (Scott) VanLuven, Robert (Brianna) Hardaker, III, and Logan (Carolyn) Schultz; and great-grandchildren: Beau Hardaker, Bryer Hardaker, BrennLee Hardaker, Madison VanLuven, Mackenzie VanLuven, and Monroe VanLuven; sisters:  Helen Bennett of Clawson, MI; Nancy and Richard Conklin of Elsie, MI; and Linda and Bruce Moore of Aledo, TX; brothers-in-law: Mic and Barb Stoddard of Petoskey, MI; Mike Beuerle of Freeland, MI; Jim Turner of Brant, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son-in-law Greg Schultz, sisters-in-law: Melody Weidman, Sandra (Ken) Ackerman, Kim Turner, and Gail Beuerle.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiawassee County Humane Society, Elsie Historical Society or First Baptist Church of Elsie. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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