The service was a collection of psalms, hymns and closed with heartfelt recollections from childhood by her sister Gloria Steinem followed by Sue’s son, Jeffrey sharing the story of Sue’s last two years leading up to her final days.
The service was followed by a reception in the lower level of the church where an open mike invited friends and family to share their thoughts and memories. It was interesting for all of us to hear new stories about Sue’s life and friendships and also it was healing to share the emotion of the day. Barbara Fendrick told some wonderful stories of her friendship with Sue dating back to when they were raising their children together.
Barbara is seen here sharing her story during the reception. Susan Patch and Calvin look on.
Soon after, a group of Leland Street neighbors, Marcy Forrest, Vicky Taplin and Barbara Fendrick led by Mary Olson shared stories of Sue and Leland Street traditions which Sue established such as the Food Co-op, Leland Street Sunday News and the Banana Split Party. Sue was credited with weaving a string of homes on Leland Street into a circle of friendship.
Later in the day, the ladies of Leland Street brought over a dinner for the thirty-eight family members of the Patch family.
Barbara Fendrick prepared a fish entree and Ann Lee made ratatouille. Vicky Taplin made the spaghetti for the children’s table. Marcy brought chocolate torte and flourless chocolate cake, Bonnie Duffy made her incredible brownies, Leanne Boland and Jill Bateman honored the banana split party tradition by gathering all the fixings for banana splits including Jill’s preparation of the hot chocolate sauce from Sue’s own recipe, while Vicky Taplin and Farrell prepared the Patch family favorite angel food cake with fresh berries and whipped cream.
Susan and Calvin were there to receive the dinner and greet the ladies as they filled the kitchen counter with the dinner trays.