Susanne Hoppe Novak, 65, passed away peacefully on New Years Eve with her three children by her side. She was born June 25th, 1955 in Antigo, Wisconsin; and graduated from East High School in Green Bay in 1973. Her family moved to Florida in 1985, where she and her husband would run a successful cabinetry business. Sue loved working and living with her friends at the Encore Resort in Ormond Beach, where they reflected upon fond memories of the great life she shared with her late husband, Rodney – particularly their many, countrywide road trips on their Honda Goldwing with the GWRRA Chapter FL-1H. Sue especially cherished time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lorraine Hoppe; her husband, Rodney Lee Novak, Sr.; her brother, Marvin Hoppe, Jr.; and her grandson, Austin Acrin. She is survived by her brother, Terry Hoppe (Patti); sister, Lorrie Borchers (Al); children Stacie Acrin (Kelly), Rodney Lee Novak, Jr. (Samantha), and Melissa Sue Smith (D.W.); her grandchildren Ashlie, Samantha, Taylor, and Carter; and her great-granddaughter, Kinsley; along with other family and friends. A celebration of Sue’s life will be held on January, 24th, 2021 at Houligan’s Pub, 1642 North US 1 in Ormond Beach between 11 AM and 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or to your local Hospice organization in Sue’s honor.
The morning we lost you is one that I shall never forget.
I try and find it not as a sad occasion but one more of freedom to live again.
You fought your battle with such strength and endurance all the way to the end.
You never showed weakness and always had a smile that was larger than life.
We know that you are up above with dad looking down on us.
We are forever proud to call you our mom and our best friend.
Each one of us kids would call you at different times of the day.
You would always tell us to have a good day even though you may have been having a bad one.
With each tear that rolls down my cheek, is a breath that you can take with ease.
You said that you wanted to pick your day and go out with a bang.
Well Mom, I do not think you could have gone out with a bigger bang than on New Year’s Eve.
We will celebrate this day… the day that you could once breathe on your own.
When I find that I need to talk to you… instead of picking up the phone. I will go outside and talk to you up in the sky.
We love you mom and until we see you again… Keep smiling down on all of us❤️