Susan Meyer


Susan Bacharach Meyer Sept. 11, 1935 - July 1, 2020.

Born to Chloie (Shaw) and Roy Bacharach, Sue was raised in Orofino, Idaho. At 19 she married Don Allison of Toronto, Canada. Together they attended the University of Idaho, Moscow. In 1958 Sue attained a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. Sue and Don settled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1960. In Jackson, while raising three young children, Sue learned to ski and became one of the first women ski patrol members on Snow King Mountain. She volunteered as a Candy-Striper at St. John’s Hospital and became a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, a faith she maintained the rest of her life.

In 1970 the family moved to Utah so Sue could attain a certificate in Medical Technology. In 1971 the family moved to Duluth, Lester Park neighborhood. Sue worked for the University of Minnesota, Duluth medical school as a research scientist, and taught at St. Scholastica. Later Sue attained her Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from UMD, taught at UMD and partnered in a consulting business.

Sue and family introduced to the Duluth harbor and Duluth Keel Club, American Pie followed by Bilbo Baggins. Sue fully embraced sailing and race nights. Sue was one of the first all women’s crew of the Trans Superior in 1977.

In 1979 Sue married Dr. Howard Meyer. Sue and Howard found true love and partnership together. They sailed, took dance lessons, and world traveled together. Sue was heart broken when she became a widow in 2011.

Sue played Bridge weekly for decades with her bridge ladies. She had a passion for singing and playing the piano and was a member of the Duluth Symphony Chorus. She was also an active member of the American Association of University Women, University for Seniors, and many other groups throughout the years. In her 60s Sue began painting and wrote poetry. One of her watercolors is part of the Members Collection in the Tweed Museum of Art.

Sue was an active member of St. Edward’s and later St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In the 1990s Sue began to embrace her Jewish heritage singing with Temple Israel, Duluth choir in conjunction with her Episcopal faith. It was the rituals of services, the choir and the life-long friends she made through her church families that comforted her throughout her life.

An Idaho girl at heart Sue embraced living in Duluth. She was an adventurous and curious woman who embraced learning and was always open to new experiences. Sue was a kind person and seemingly reserved as she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She is missed.

Sue is survived by her three children W. Garth (Karen) Allison, Dr. Lisa (Mark) Abeles-Allison, and Robin Allison. Grandchildren Benner Hartnett, Jacob Allison, Elizabeth Abeles-Allison, Gabrielle Abeles-Allison, Mackenzie Allison, and Tianse Abeles-Allison. A brother Sam (KayEllen) Bacharach, nephew Roy (Sandra) Bacharach, niece Army LTC(P) Meagan Rizzo and families. Step-children Howard (Darlis) Meyer, Jr., Joanna (Kurt) LaBresh, Jennifer Miller & Steve Amundson, Deborah Meyer & Leslie Plettner, Sarah Meyer & William Benson, Stephen (Anne) Meyer and all the Meyer children who know her as Grandma Sue.

Susan passed unexpectedly from natural causes. Remembrances may be given in her name to Duluth, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church building preservation project or any local charity of your choice. Due to Covid-19 a private family service will be held. Sue’s friends are welcome to visit Sue and Howard’s resting place in Forest Hills Cemetery, Duluth after July 27th.

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