Susan Kay Fiwek, 72, peacefully passed away with her immediate family by her side on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Greenwood, Indiana. Sue was born Susan Kay Nemeth on November 20, 1948, in South Bend, Indiana, to Louis and Eileen Nemeth. She married her high school love, Michael A. Fiwek, on August 29, 1970, and they were married over 39 years before Mike passed away in 2010.
Sue graduated from South Bend Washington High School in 1967, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Social Studies) from Indiana University in 1974. She served the State of Indiana for 13 years under Secretaries of State Larry Conrad and Ed Simcox in the Corporations Division legal department and then as the Corporations Division’s Public Information Deputy and Chief Deputy Director. She was then appointed by Simcox as acting Deputy Secretary of State as Director of the Corporations Division overseeing matters of personnel, budget, and general operations. She subsequently served the State of Indiana over 20 years in the Office Services Section and Purchasing Department of the Indiana Department of Highways (later Indiana Department of Transportation), retiring in 2008, to care for and guide Mike with his journey with Alzheimer’s.
Sue was generous not only with family and friends but also volunteering with Special Olympics of Indiana and Meals on Wheels as needed. She loved to travel, shop, play euchre, and especially loved to read. She had a great sense of humor and warmth, and she loved to laugh with and also support, care for, and be with her family and friends. She will be missed so much by them all.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and parents Lou and Eileen Nemeth. She is survived by her immediate family—brother, Chuck (April) Nemeth of Greenwood, IN, and nephews Brad Nemeth and Greg Nemeth of Greenwood. She also leaves behind brothers-in-law Don (Gay) Fiwek of South Bend, IN, Rick (Marilynn) Fiwek of Aurora, CO, and Joe (Elaine) Fiwek of Elkhart, IN. She is also survived by 7 other nieces and nephews and their families: Neil Fiwek of Angola, IN; Shelly Sanders of Elkhart, IN; Todd Fiwek of Parker, CO; Kim Broker of Centennial, CO; Mike Fiwek of Plymouth, IN; and Katie Donat and Matt Fiwek of Elkhart, IN.
There will be no public visitation but Sue wants to have a celebration of life party later in the year, when the darn COVID lifts, for her close family and friends, and there will be a private interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions (in lieu of flowers) may be made in Sue’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Michigan – Indiana Region at LLS – Michigan PO Box 772374 Detroit, MI 48277-2374.