Susan Copenhagen

Susan Copehagen - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

On August 25th, 2021, Susan (Sue) Copenhagen died at Highland Hospital at the age of 65.  Sue was born and raised in Rochester, NY.  Sue is survived by her husband Roy Wildermuth, sister Margaret Bertella, and children Phillip (Melissa) Ruffo, Amy (Alan) Niespodzinski & Paul (Lindsay) Ruffo, and their Father Daniel Ruffo.  She was a proud and loving “Gwamma” to six grandchildren.

Sue spent much her life as a nurse administrator and educator. Despite her own health struggles, Sue gave and cared for those around her.  Sue held an MS in Nursing Administration from the University of Rochester, EMT-Paramedic, and was a licensed Ham Radio Operator.  She also found great joy driving her Jeep and caring for her cats Merlin & Gizmo.

Mom, your smile, radiance and energy will be greatly missed.

“Chin up, Kiddo.”

Friends and family may call from 12-3pm at Grand View Lodge in Powdermill Park on Sunday, September 26th followed by a memorial service at 4pm.  Reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.

5 Condolences

  1. Robin Trimble on September 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all of Sue’s family. I had a very short time of knowing Sue but I felt her love immediately. We met at Pluta and I was truly blessed to have known her.

  2. Rid and Kathy Phelps on September 21, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    My best and oldest family memories are wrapped with joyful times spent with Sue and her family. The Ruffo’s are our son, Max’s, oldest and dearest friends. It hurts to let you go, Sue, but your radiant smile will be with us always. All our love, The Phelps’

  3. Patrick Runne on September 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    So many memories from our school years. Your sense of humor , caring for others and keen mind will be missed.

  4. Patty Jones on September 23, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Sue, your beautiful energy & positive outlook have been such an inspiration to me and countless others for decades. I remember 10 years ago when you reached out to me when I was diagnosed & you were still fighting for yourself. You were always so much fun in school & I cherish those memories even more. Most of all, thank you being a true hero. Rest easy now sweet friend. Sending healing love to Amy & all of your family.

  5. Jon Lake on September 26, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    All my love and support. Family is everything and be happy you have a beautiful one and full lives to live <3

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