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Susan Northwall Calusic, D.O., 63

May 09, 2017

Susan Northwall Calusic, D.O., 63, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born in Holdrege, NE on May 23, 1953, she was the daughter of John H. and the late Naomi R. (Ohrtman) Northwall.
She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1971 with a B.A. cum laude in Spanish. While in college she spent a summer working at a jungle hospital in Peru. She later received her D.O. degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines in 1979. She did a residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General and also did medical mission work in several countries in the Caribbean. She was in family practice in Lancaster for many years and helped train many local physicians. She then went to Millersville University where she was Director of the student health service for 6 years before retiring in August of 2015.
She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church. She was a gentle soul and kind to all she met.
Susan is survived by two daughters, Lisa M. Wochos, MD, wife of Gregory C. Wochos, PhD of Mequon, WI, and Carla S. Rizzardi, wife of Chad Rizzardi, DPM of Harrisburg. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Ava Marie Wochos; two brothers, Karl Northwall, MD, husband of Jean of Roanoke, VA, Luke Northwall, husband of Renee of Council Bluffs, IA, and a sister, Karen Alper wife Brian Alper, MD, of Ipswich, MA. She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Adam.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Interment to follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Friends will be received from 7-9PM on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the church and again from 10-11AM at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Susan’s memory may be made to Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer, which is part of the Millersville University Foundation.

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March 20, 2018

To Susan’s loving family, I was thinking of Susan when attending a service at St. Peter’s and felt the need to let you know I will always remember her for her kindness, genuineness and faithfulness.Peace be with you.Ann Marie Bybel

June 15, 2017

dr. peter. i was so sorry to hear the passing of your wife. my deepest sympathy goes out to u and your family. i just found out just the other day, god bless you and your family now and always. with much love a former patient, linda  deverter.

May 24, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to your family.  As part of Millersville University’s Purchasing Department, I had the pleasure (and honor) of working with Dr. Northwall.  She was a very caring person, whether it was dealing with her patients or her staff.  And she was both gracious and brave throughout her illness.  Dr. Northwall surely is an angel watching over you now.  Please take care. – Anna & Glenn Stauffer

May 15, 2017

I wanted to share with you, her daughters, how much your mother meant to me.  I got to know her through our art classes together in the last couple of years, and would go out for coffee/tea afterwards and chat.  She was so proud of you and her sweet granddaughter.  She was the most beautiful friend, inside and out.  I will genuinely miss her, her sweet smile, her positive attitude, her gracious caring and gentle countenance.  She loved you and loved the Lord.  Will see her again in heaven.  Blessings, Jennifer Myers

May 14, 2017

I extend my deepest sympathy to Peter, Carla and Lisa.  I always enjoyed seeing the 2 of you Carla when you’d come in for visits.  The last I saw her I know she was thrillled to be going to Wisconsin to care for her beloved Ava.  Even in the throws of treatment,she still had a positive attitude and a sense of calm about where she was going to be for eternity. Her spirit lives on in the many patients lives she positively influenced.  May God bless you as you grieve and my heart goes out to your family on this first Mother’s day without her.
Stephanie Mackey

May 13, 2017

Carla and family – My thoughts and prayers are with you – I had the pleasure of sharing conversation and memories with your mother several months ago.  We reminisced about your school days – even the chicks you raised! She told me then that it would probably be the last time we would talk together, and so she has been in my thoughts and prayers ever since.  Love, Miss Kaylor

May 12, 2017

Thoughts and prayers are sincerely sent to Susan’s family atthis time of loss and grief. Surely she is nowat peace and Pain free .    God be with you now as you deal with your loss .  the Reelfs family of Council Bluffs Iowa 

May 12, 2017

We are so saddened to hear of Sue’s passing and send our heartfelt condolences to her family.  We always enjoyed Sue’s company, her infectious smile, and rock solid positive outlook.  She was a great lady and will be sorely missed.  
Dana and James Elia, M.D.

May 12, 2017

You all have our deepest heart felt sympathies, Dr Susan was a great doctor and friend.  My mother, Sadie, baby-sat the girls when they were little and during those years she showed such kindness to my mom.  Later, Dr Susan was good to my daughter and I every time we saw her.  I will miss her here on earth but she and my mom can now get reaquainted as they sing for our Lord.  Thank you Dr. Susan for your great sacrifice for others, the world is emptier without you. May the Lord give you comfort during this difficult time. Dave and Sue Price

May 12, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Northwall. She was always kind, gentle and compassionate as my family doctor. I was blessed to have known her and will be forever inspired by her grace, strength and positve attitude through her battle. Praying you will find comfort and peace. – Lisa Watt 

May 12, 2017

I was so happy to see Susan and her family make the trip from PA to our wedding in RI in October 1999, and certainlt appreciate her attending my parents’ 50 annversay party in Iowa City.  But perhaps the fondest memories are those spent with her and my other cousins long ago on the front porch of Grammie’s house in Red Oak. –Jeff K.

May 12, 2017

Susan was the nicest, most caring person and for that reason, she was a wonderful doctor and mother.  She left such a positive mark on this world.
Joanne Judge

May 12, 2017

Lynn and I will be remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort.  Susan was such a caring person both in her practice and her personal life. May the Lord bless her.
– Lynn Barnes and Richard Smith

May 12, 2017

I was sorry to learn of Dr. Northwall’s demise. As a former patient and classmate, I can attest to her gentle spirit and delicate laugh. Grace and kindness were her calling cards for her patients and friends. The world is a sadder place in her absence. May memories of her life buoy her family in the years ahead, that they might always have reason to give thanks for her life. Eccl. 7: 1-3 Haydn McLean

May 11, 2017

My deepest sympathies – she will truly be missed.  I will forever be grateful for the kindness and compassion Dr. Northwall showed towards me at one of the lowest points in my life.  Enjoy the view from where you sit tonight, Dr. Northwall.  Thank you for everything.  –Elizabeth W.

May 11, 2017

Susan was a compassionate doctor and I was proud to work with her @ Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital.My heart goes out to her family and Ipray for peace and strength during this challenging time.
Lisa Wenditz

May 11, 2017

Susan was one of the kind and gentle souls put on this earth for the benefit of the rest of us!  You will be missed by all.
John Ohrtman 
Fort Dodge, Iowa

May 11, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Northwall. Praying for God’s comfort and strength at this time for her family. Dr. Northwall was a very special person. She was one of my favorite doctors when she was in private practice. She had a gentle touch with her words as well as her hands. She was always willing to answer any and all questions as well as educate the patient. Again, I am so sorry. Sheila Carroll 

May 11, 2017

Dr. Northwall was the most compassionate, loving, gentle woman.  Her positive attitude and deep conviction of faith was clearly visible even during her battle with breast cancer.  She will be dearly missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with Carla and Lisa for Strength, comfort and peace.  May fond memories help you during this difficult time.
Karlene Stephany Travis

May 11, 2017

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague, Dr. Sue Northwall.  Her kind words, encouragement and dedication to the care of others was an inspiration to me personally, her coworkers and the many students whose lives she touched during their transition to adulthood while attending college for the first time.  I had the privilege to work with her during her tenure at Millersville University as Medical Director, and enjoyed her laugh, warm disposition and caring manner.  I feel honored to have known her, even for the brief few years that I provided part-time coverage for the student health center. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to her family for their loss, and pray they take comfort in the knowledge that she now rests eternally in the loving arms of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Rest in Peace, Sue.
Fondly,
Joseph V. De Santi, M.D.

May 11, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to Dr Peter Calusic, Lisa and Gregory Wochos, Carla and Chad Rizzardi and beloved Grandaughter Ava Marie Wochos, at the passing of a precious, wife, mother, grandmother and sincere and loving friend to so many.
Sue you leave a huge absence, rest in peace Dear Friend. 
Ron and I have known and been friends with Sue and Pete for many years. We have enjoyed a trip to Isreal, watched the girls grow up , fun at the beach, family visits and lots of phone chats over the years.  This family will always be special to us. Please visit us whenever you can.
May the Lord comfort you as only he can.
Love you
Ron and Annamary Pierantoni

May 11, 2017

She certainly was a gentle soul and an inspiration to all who she met.  She was a fighter and a positive thinker.  I am honored to have known Susan.  She certainly made a huge impact on me as a breast cancer survivor and one she invited to serve with her at Millersville.  She will truly, truly be missed by all!!!

May 11, 2017

To the family of Susan:
When I read this morning that Sue had died on Tuesday, I was so grateful I had visited her on Thursday 5/4. She was sitting up and knew me immediately. I gave her a prayer shawl and she seemed to enjoy touching it. It was a short but meaningful visit.
I enjoyed knowing Sue for these past 30 years!! I was a family practice resident at Community Hospital of Lancaster when Sue was the program director. Over the years, we served on some hospital committees together, specifically the IRB at Ephrata Community Hospital which reviewed clinical trials. Sue was a great supporter of cancer research, especially breast cancer research. Three years ago, she invited me to work part-time at Millersville University Health Services, where she was the Medical Director. I am continuing in that role, along with my rural family practice.
I considered Sue a very special friend and colleague. She touched many lives over the years. She will be missed.
 
Most sincerely,
Deborah Hagey D.O.

May 11, 2017

To the family of Dr. Susan Northwall,
It was with much regret and sorrow to learn of the passing of your dear Mother, Grand-
mother and sister. I was a patient of hers for many years and the care and compassion
shown to me by her far excelled any visits I had to previous doctors.
 
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on her passing. Where health is impossible,
sleep is indeed blessed. With understanding sympathy and friendship,
Jane Myers

May 11, 2017

I am saddened to hear of Susan’s passing. She was a kind person. My prayers are with her family.  Cathy

May 11, 2017

I am saddened to hear of my dear friend Pete’s beloved wife’s passing. She was a gracious woman and I enjoyed visiting with her and him these past 18 months. 
 
Paul Schlimme. 

May 11, 2017

I am so sorry to read of your mothers passing. She was a kind soul and had an infectious smile. I wish you all peace in your memories of her. Please know she is in my thoughts and prayers.
With love and prayers, Colleen Bitts’s 

May 11, 2017

After reading about this wonderful woman I just had to send my condolences to her family. It is people like her who make this a better world.
Blanche Kaiser

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