HERMISTON Susan Michelle Hafen died Friday, Jan. 26, at her home in Hermiston at the age of 55.
She was born Oct. 18, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa to Dr. Charles Edward and Anne R. (Litten) Sappington.
Susan was a resident of Hermiston since 1954 and graduated from Hermiston High School in 1969. She attended and graduated with honors from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane, Wash., with her registered nurse degree. She worked at Sacred Heart Medical Center and attended Gonzaga University before working as a traveling nurse at various locations.
She was working in Las Vegas, Nev., where she met and married Corey Hafen. Then in 1986 they were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Erica. Susan's husband died a few years later and they relocated to Hermiston where she worked as a RN at Good Shepherd Community Hospital and to be near family. Her life revolved around her faith and her church. She volunteered in many capacities at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church including their soup kitchen, Eucharistic Ministry to the sick and shut-ins, the Schoenstott Group, helped with religious education including RCIA.
She was also involved in the S.M.A.R.T. program and also helped with the First Christian Church's soup kitchen. She enjoyed gardening, riding bikes, animals, and playing the Hammond organ.
She is survived by her daughter, Erica Hafen of Portland; mother, Anne Sappington of Hermiston; brother, Blake Sappington of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Sheila Golden of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., and Charlanne Sappington of Vancouver, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Corey Hafen; and father, Dr. Charles Edward Sappington.
Recitation of the Rosary was Monday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Jan., 30, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Burial followed at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church's soup kitchen or to their building fund.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.