Dr. Susan Ann Stephens, 71, of Carmel passed away March 7, 2017. Susan was born December 1, 1945 to the late Victor and Rita (Hartzheim) Radloff in Appleton, WI. She was a graduate of Carmel High School, Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine. Susan was board certified in three specialties; Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. Susan worked as an Emergency Medicine physician for St. Vincent Hospital for over 20 years and also served as an officer of the St. Vincent's Emergency Room Physicians, Inc.
Susan spent most of her life in Carmel, Indiana. During her time at Carmel High School, she was a cheerleader, an officer in student government and an editor of the school newspaper. She was the first Carmel High School female graduate to complete medical school. Susan also had a deep appreciation for the arts and supported local efforts in many ways. She loved to read and was devoted to the Carmel Clay Public Library, helping to create, along with her siblings, the Radloff Endowment. Susan also loved music and movies and encouraged her children and grandchildren to include them in their lives. Susan loved spending time with grandchildren and traveling. She has created many photo albums and scrap books of her children, grandchildren and her travels.
Dr. Stephens was a strong-willed woman who was a trailblazer for women in science and medicine. It took some effort for her to convince her parents to allow her to attend college and medical school. Once there, she had clearly found her passion and went on to serve many throughout her life. She has also touched many area physicians by participating in their educations during their Emergency Room rotations. These physicians include Craig Cieciura, M.D. and Michael Sermersheim, M.D., two physicians who diligently and sensitively cared for her until the end of her life.
She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Dr. Robert Stephens; her beloved children, Jenny (Tom) Berger, Aaron (Estelle) Stephens, Bobby (Kristi) Stephens, John (Kate) Stephens; devoted grandchildren, Emma, Zachary, Isabella, Eli, Eva, Luc, James, Mary, and Rita. She is also survived by her siblings, Janet Guildenbecher, Paul (Bev) Radloff, James (Tari) Radloff and Mary Klabacha; and a host of dear friends and grateful patients.
Susan's family will receive friends Saturday, March 11th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel. A Service of Remembrance will begin at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Parkinson Disease Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the Carmel Clay Public Library-Radloff Endowment.
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