Susan F. (Leadbetter) McCarthy

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died April 24th, 2019

Susan F. “Sue” (Leadbetter) McCarthy, 76, of Escanaba, entered eternal life with the Lord, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Bishop Noa Home. She was surrounded by loved ones singing “Amazing Grace”.

She was born on May 26, 1942 in South Bend, IN, daughter of Arthur T. and Mary F. (Regan) Ruppe.  After graduating from St. Mary’s Academy High School in South Bend, she furthered her education at Xavier College, Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University.

In 1961, Susan married John S. “Jack” Leadbetter in South Bend, IN.  They shared over 20 years of marriage and together raised four children.

They moved to Marquette in 1969 where she owned and operated Lighthouse Christian Bookstore and Mole Hole Gift Store. She was Director of Volunteers at St. Mary’s hospital Marquette for many years. She retired in 1990 due to her health. Susan was also a Girl Scout Leader, helped with Job’s Daughters and was a wonderful hockey mom. In her earlier years she enjoyed flower gardening, camping, traveling and playing cards. In her later years she loved reading, art and studying different religions.

Sue enjoyed and looked forward to her annual visits to Bay Cliff Health Camp where she attended Camp Independence for many summers. She especially loved the cribbage tournament and meeting her camp counselor.

Susan courageously lived with Multiple Sclerosis and Bipolar Disorder.  She moved to St. Jude Adult Foster Care, Escanaba in 1997. She received wonderful care there until her health further declined. In 1999 she moved to Bishop Noa Home. The aides, nurses, staff and Sisters became her Bishop Noa family as they lovingly cared for her for nearly 20 years.

Sue’s daughter, Francie, made her mother’s nursing home life fulfilling by taking her on adventures, visiting nearly daily, finding gadgets to help with her limitations and loving her with an enormous heart. Her siblings will be forever grateful for all Francie did to create normalcy for Mom.

Among survivors include her four children, Ann Marie (Rob) Greenhouse of Lancaster, Ca, Dr. Mary Frances “Francie” (Todd) Myrick of Escanaba, Craig (Tamara) Leadbetter of Marquette/Flint and Sheila Marguerite (Marius) Grazulis of Marquette; father of her children, Jack (Donna Keskimaki) Leadbetter of Marquette; grandchildren, Mary (Larney) Shultz, the expectant mother of the first great grandchild, John, Sarah, Emily and Katie Greenhouse, Shane, Tyler (Brooke) and T.J. Myrick, Samantha, Drew and Morgan Leadbetter, Daina, A.J., Vejas, and Marius Gazulis; sister, Mary Anne (Dave) Hoover; sister- in- law, Charlotte Ruppe; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tom Ruppe; nephew David Hoover; niece Mary (Ruppe) Wetzel; former in-laws Jack and Virginia Leadbetter; former brother-in-law Craig and former sisters-in-law Cathy and Barbie Leadbetter.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 3 – 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Deacon Jack Leadbetter officiating.

Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bishop Noa Home or Bay Cliff Health Camp.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting


9 Tributes to “Susan F. (Leadbetter) McCarthy”

  1. What a wonderful insight into the extraordinary life of a dearly loved woman. I didn’t know all of that about Sue, I can only hope to squeeze in half of what she accomplished by the time my life is over. What a great person. With love from the Colorado Dosters.

  2. May our Lord hold Susan in His arms and kiss her heart, as He welcomes her into eternal life. Deepest sympathy from Deacon Don and Donna
    Christy. Please draw strength from our prayers and the agape love of the Father.

  3. A wonderful tribute for a very special woman. She was obviously well loved by her family, evidenced by so many visits during her last days.
    Sending love and sympathy,

  4. Francie, Todd and family, I had met Sue at the Bishop Noa Home when I visited my Mom. Sometimes we sat together at the lunch table. She was such a special person. We had some delightful conversations. Sue will be missed by so many. God rest her beautiful soul. You have our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Hugs and prayers, Karen and Jay

  5. Life is too short, especially of those we love. We have the happy memories and all that made a life complete. But loss is heartbreaking and difficult for those left behind. I would like to tell Sue’s family how sorry I am for their loss. Our whole family has you in our thoughts and prayers. Sue is with the Lord, now at peace, having fulfilled her mission. When I think of her I see her in that lovely dress at Sheila’s and Marius’ wedding, smiling…
    All our love,
    Lili and the whole Grazulis family

  6. Thinking of you Ann, Francie, Craig and Sheila at this time of loss and mourning. I have fond memories of our childhood activities and remember Sue as being a caring and involved parent.

  7. Francie, even though I was not able to know your Mom, from all I’ve heard and read I know she was a very special lady. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care…
    Sally Anys

  8. May your mom rest in peace now in the arms of the angels. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Cathy & Greg Tolman

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