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Susan (Wegener) Caradine
Susan (Wegener) Caradine

Susan (Wegener) Caradine, 89, formerly of Monroe died from complications of Covid-19 and other health issues on December 22, 2020 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin to Myrna (White) Wegener and James H. Wegener in 1931, she had great childhood memories of living across from the Henry Vilas Zoo. She was educated in Madison and graduated from Madison West High School. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1953 as a home economist. Susan moved to Monroe, Wisconsin to take a job at the Wisconsin Power and Light after graduation never realizing it would be her home for the next 30 years. In 1954 she was married to local dentist John Caradine. They had 2 daughters, Jane (Ralph) Gendreau of Omaha, Nebraska and Beth Caradine of Solomons, Maryland.

Susan was active in many local organizations including Girl Scouts, United Fund, Meals on Wheels, the boards of the library and Greenwood Cemetery and many school and church committees over the years.

After her husband retired in 1984 and they moved to Knoxville, Tennessee she continued her committee work being active in her church and HOA. She loved her time supervising weddings at her church and providing meals for their Habitat for Humanity builds. She instilled her love of reading in her daughters but not her love of bridge.

The last year found her having multiple health problems that lead to her death. She tried to keep our spirits up during the pandemic even when she was quite ill. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents and husband and a sister Helen (Wegener) Bickley. She is survived by her daughters and three granddaughters, Catherine (Devon Adams), Sophia Caradine-Taber and Emma Caradine-Taber.

Due to covid restrictions she was buried in the East Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery next to her husband without a formal service.

Memorials may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919