In Memory of




Obituary for Susan Rushlow (Rushlow)

Susan Kelly Rushlow January 4, 1987 – October 30, 2023. 

It is with shattered hearts that the family of Susan Rushlow grievously share the news of her passing. 

Susan Kelly Rushlow was born on January 4, 1987 at Belleville General Hospital, joyously welcomed by her parents Robbie Rushlow and Sandra Lynds - Carleton as well as her sister Jennifer Rushlow (Antonio Edmunds)

Their sisterly bond was immediate and everlasting!

Susan received her education at Queen Victoria P.S., Prince of Wales P.S., Quinte Secondary School and Loyalist College. Her strong work ethic in a retail environment permitted Susan to achieve Assistant Manager status. Unfortunately, her illness terminated her progress. 

Papa Bill Rushlow was immediately smitten by his grand girls with whom he nurtured amazing interests....”When are we going to our next ball game?” became a prompting reminder of their enjoyment of the sport and their dedication as Bluejay fans. Quite likely their enthusiasm was inspired by the blossoming relationship with their doting grandfather. Concerts, hockey games, Canada’s Wonderland... were just a few of their shared great memories.

Susan is predeceased by both of her beloved grandmothers...Nanny, Sandra Vance Rushlow who adored her granddaughters taking great pleasure in picking out clothes, knitting hats, mittens and scarves, making costumes, enjoying any shared times together. Granny, Annette Lynds unfortunately lived at a significant distance. Papa Pete, Allison (Peter) Lynds occupied a special place in Susie’s heart, so much so that she and her Mom travelled to Moncton this past August to visit with Susan’s Papa Pete. How wonderful that this visit was accomplished, considering Susie’s seriously compromised health status. Now that’s a reflection of Susie’s love of family and seizing the moment. 

Susan shone a warm and loving light upon her entire family. Her characteristics were embedded in a positive, independent, gentle, caring yet reserved personality. 

As described to Jenny, Susie’s “Happy Place” was at Dad and step-Mom Heather’s trailer on Loon Lake where a convivial community evolved. Paddle boating, neighbourhood celebrations and golf carting and campfires were greatly enjoyed. Susie plainly treasured time with family. 

Supporting his wife, Sandra, step-Dad Chris Carleton also survives Susan. 

Others who truly mourn Susie’s passing are her uncles and aunts: Andrew Rushlow (Meredith), Jacqueline McConnell (Andrew), Susan Thomson, Steven Lynds, and many cousins on both sides of her family: 

Billy Rushlow, Riley and Noah McConnell, Samantha and Megan Thomson, Courtney and Cory Lynds

Step- sisters Nicole Kornblum, and Natalie Smith and step- brother Dan Kornblum ...special mention of Nathan, Josh and Charleigh, Sydney and Sebastian.

In a family with closely held and cherished bonds, Susie’s great-aunts and great-uncles deeply mourn her passing: Jacqueline Vance Chambers and Greg Chambers, Kelly Vance-Whyte and Ron Whyte.

Susan’s strength, humility, optimism and calm was evidenced in the preceding seventeen-month period during which she focused formidably on combating cancer. She received immediate, continuous support of her Dad and Mom and her step- Mom, Heather Kornblum. During her health issues, family and friends respected Susie’s wishes and personal comfort by keeping in touch via email, “Susie’s Cancer Update” and receiving additional regular updates from her Dad, her Papa and her sister Jenny. Yes Susie was a practical, no fuss, no muss gal!

Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgeries encompassed the treatment regimen overseen by her Kingston General Hospital Oncology Team. The families are genuinely grateful for the straightforward communication and compassionate care provided. Of note and pride, Susan was “the decision maker” as she armed herself with information and was encouraged by the bond of trust which had been established! She bravely suffered all of the ruthless effects of rigorous cancer treatment with rare complaints. Her Papa Bill so often commented, “She’s a brave little girl!”

Her beloved cat Louie provided Susan with endless enjoyment. Her devotion was emphasized with herself appointed moniker, “Cat Mom”! Louie will now provide that same love and comfort to Grandma Sandra, Susie’s cherished Mom. What a lovely solution. Susie’s dear friend Michelle Carter and her family were frequently referenced by Susie always with accompanied laughter, smiles, sweet stories and love. “Thank you for maintaining this treasured relationship with our Susan.”

The precious bond between Susan and her slightly older sister Jennifer, who resides in Ottawa, cannot be overstated. They were confidantes, companions, critics and yes, even occasional adversaries as each had developed strong personalities, independent lifestyles and strong opinions. Together these little girls grew up to be formidable forces, truly loved and admired young women. Now this is the definition of “living a successful and rewarding life!” 

To honour Susan’s memory, donations to where Susie’s Nanny received respectful, attentive, incredible care during her final days of June 2022. 

Cremation under the care of Steele Funeral Home has occurred and a private family memorial will honour Susan’s beautiful life. 

This unnatural order of losing a child, a grandchild and a beloved sister, niece, cousin and friend remains bitter beyond belief; however, we will put our hearts into honouring Susie’s life and memory by following the example of her indomitable spirit. Susan will steadfastly remain a most amazing role model for all who love her. 

As we begin this most unwelcome chapter of our lives, we will endeavour to practice patience and understanding, by loving one another in word and deed and by speaking of her often, by recounting memories, sharing pictures, shedding tears and laughing as we begin our journey of healing and acceptance. Susie we will forever hold you in our hearts and celebrate you in our memories.

We miss you Susie! We feel infinite gratitude for your presence in our lives and we will love you for eternity!

Be at Peace and at Rest Sweet Child!