After a hard-fought battle with an aggressive type of cancer, Susan Kerwin of Noblesville, passed away on October 30,2023 while in Hospice care at the age of 79. She leaves behind her doting husband, Francis J. Kerwin Jr, her son: Todd (& Carrie) Shields~Las Vegas, her daughters: Kim Shields~Westfield, Theresa (& Jon) Stutz~Noblesville, Laura Kerwin~Myrtle Beach and 8 grandchildren, all who meant everything to Susan. She was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to so many.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alice Engels, her brother, John Engels and her first husband, Gary D. Shields who was killed flying helicopters for the Marines during the Vietnam War. Susan's life was full of worldwide adventure and travels. From these experiences she always had so many interesting stories and knowledge beyond compare.
She married Francis (Frank) almost 56 years ago and their love story was magical; many would call it "movie worthy". They lived in Brookfield, Connecticut for 36 years, a quaint town where they were very involved in local clubs and created lifelong friendships with many families. In 2004, they decided to move to Indiana so they could be closer to some of their children and grandchildren. They built a stunning home in Noblesville and enjoyed meeting many new friends in their neighborhood and at church. Susan was known for always being one step ahead in fashion and decorating. Their home looked like a model with the impeccable work she completed on their draperies and bed coverings. She spent many hours at the sewing machine making her visions come to life.
Susan stayed home to raise their four children, allowing her to create a special bond with each of them, which only strengthened as they grew into adults with children of their own. During this time, she also found her passion to bake. Each holiday she would provide everyone the opportunity to indulge in the most creamiest fudge, delicious cheesecakes, cookies & breads.
Susan and Frank loved traveling to Hawaii; that was their place. Her family has many amazing memories of vacations among the palm trees and warm waters. She also relished shopping. She always looked so put together with color coordination and the perfect touch of jewelry, as well as their home was decorated with beautiful furniture and the most unique knickknacks. She also loved to give gifts, so the hours searching for the perfect one was something that delighted her.
To say she will be missed is an understatement. No one can compare to Susan, but her family knows they have her with them every day and will continue to share stories about their "Nina" to honor the impact she had on every person she met.