Susan
Meyer, Susan Stark Susan passed away peacefully in her home on July 2, 2009 after a 19 year battle with breast cancer. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Born on May 11, 1955 in San Francisco, California, to Louis and Joan Stark, she moved to Torrance in 1964 where she spent the remainder of her life. She attended St. James School, Bishop Montgomery High School and Mount St. Mary's College, earning a degree in nursing. Sue worked as a Registered Nurse at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital for 25 years and then returned to Mount St. Mary's College to serve as an Associate Professor of Nursing and later, as Chair of the Nursing Department. She retired from Mount St. Mary's College in January of 2009. Although much of her life was dedicated to her career and to helping others, her focus and passion was the love of her life, her husband and best friend, Gary Meyer and her 4 children. She was proud to see her triplets, Kathryn, Jennifer, and Jonathon begin their established careers after graduating from college and her youngest son, Andrew graduate from high school and plan to attend college in the fall. Sue was an active member of the St. Lawrence Martyr and Bishop Montgomery communities as both a volunteer and parent. She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her husband of 30 years, her four children, five siblings, Mike (Tracy), Rick (Sharon), Teri (George), Tim (Robyn) and Tom (Tammy), many nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Above all else, Susan was a woman who stayed devoted to her Catholic faith and took every opportunity to praise, serve and thank God. A vigil service will take place on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. and the funeral mass will be on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Both liturgies will take place at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations for scholarship opportunities can be made to Bishop Montgomery High School (Attn: Susan Meyer Scholarship Fund; 5430 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503) or Mount St. Mary's College (Attn: Institutional Advancement Scholarship Fund for Susan Stark Meyer; 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007). Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Dear Stark Family we send our prayers and love to all of you at this time. Susan fought such a long and valiant fight against cancer.You all have been a part of our lives for many years and this is a sad chapter in it. God bless you all…..Steve and Anita

  2. Dear Gary & Family, I worked with Sue for the 25 yrs. she was at DFH, and always respected her and her kind,caring ways. I rejoiced with her when she had the triplets and again with her son and we cried tears with her as she gallantly combated her disease. I had the pleasure of seeing and talking with her this past March and was humbled by her courage. I’m forever grateful she walked through my life. God Bless you and your family. Shirley Cook

  3. Dear Gary and family, My heart goes out to your entire family. I’ve known Sue for the past 30 years. Anyone who has had the honor of knowing her, knows there was no one kinder, sweeter, gentler, or more compassionate. Sue was always a great listener as well as a participant in all conversations. Her sense of humor was always in the forefront as she regaled many Meyer episodes of raising her family. Constantly demonstrating courage, perseverance, determination, and integrity, Sue was a constant inspiration to all of us who witnessed her admirable characteristics in her daily life. Sue’s lifetime of continued strength will undoubtedly be your strength as you move forward at this most difficult time. We will all remember her with so much love.

  4. Dear Gary and family, I regret that I only had the chance to meet Sue by telephone, but I want you all to know that her kindness and your kindness to our daughter Alison has brought joy and faith to her and to us. Thank you all for being a shining example of what a family should always be and thank you for sharing your wife and mother and her happy and generous spirit with us through Ali.

  5. There are not words to express the sadness of losing a best friend, a wife, a mother – one loved as much as Sue was. No words. The blessing is seeing the lives she has molded and shaped – 4 beautiful, loving children, the husband she loved and loved her, and the memories we all share as family and friends to have been so blessed by her presence and her love. She truly emulated the love of Christ and what our faith is all about. We release her with sadness of our own – to a more peaceful and painfree life and look forward to the day when we see her again in her new body (and ours!) ……..

  6. Gary, Sue was such an amazing women who will be greatly missed. I am soo blessed to have known her and your family. My prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Megan

  7. I just heard the news about Sue and I am deeply saddened. Sue and I graduated from the Mount together and then worked together at Daniel Freeman for many years. I remember what she went through carrying the triplets and then with the subsequent battle with the return of the cancer. I too was diagnosed with breast cancer and am now two years clear but the fear is always there for its return. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and I share your pain with the loss of Sue.

  8. We became friends with Sue and Gary over 15 years ago through being in a parish Christian Family Movement group with them. Their triplets were young children at the time. Sue was always a joy to be around: unpretentious, with a positive attitude and enough energy to raise her own large family plus volunteer at SLM school and church. Through the years, we admired and appreciated Sue’s faith in God, her hope-filled outlook on life and the great love she showed for her husband, her family, her friends and her community. Really, Sue was a better person than most of us. We need to strive to follow the wonderful example she set, and to pray for her loved ones, who must miss her terribly.

  9. Gary, you probably don’t remember me and the kids don’t even know me but Sue and I were in chorus together at the Mount and she was a faithful correspondent to me when I went into the Air Force after graduation (’75). I just read about her death in the Mount magazine. I’m so sorry. There’s nothing more to say except that we had great fun at the Mount and she was a great gal, but of course you know that. Take care of yourself and those children. God’s love.

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