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Susan A. Fontana

February 22, 1954 - May 14, 2024

Susan A. Fontana Obituary

Susan A. Fontana, 70, of Ringwood, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Born in 1954, in Oak Park, Susan was the cherished daughter of Robert and Prudence (Tolomeo) Powers. She attended Proviso East High School, graduating in 1972, and pursued higher education at the University of Illinois, where she earned her Doctorate Degree in Philosophy.

Susan was a woman of remarkable accomplishments, compassion, and kindness. For over 25 years, she dedicated herself to the field of nursing, serving as the Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while simultaneously holding the role of family nurse practitioner at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health. Susan's compassion and dedication to teaching shaped countless lives throughout her career, leaving a permanent mark on all who had the privilege of learning from her.


As an accomplished author, Susan shared her vast nursing knowledge with the world through her contributions to medical journals and textbooks, leaving a lasting impact on the field. Her selflessness and generosity knew no bounds, as evidenced by her decision to donate one of her kidneys to a random patient on her 60th birthday – a testament to her unwavering commitment to helping others.


On August 29, 2009, Susan married her beloved husband, Vern Weidner, with whom she shared a deep and enduring bond. Together, they found joy in riding motorcycles and crafting exquisite wines. But above all, Susan treasured moments spent with her family, children and grandchildren finding solace and fulfillment in their presence.


Those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Susan will forever remember her warm smile and her kind heart. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nonna, and friend whose memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Her legacy of compassion, generosity, and love will continue to inspire generations to come.


Survived by her husband, Vern; children, Nicholas, Troy (Lauren), Cade Fontana, Bria (Craig) Spiniolas, Jessalyn (Giancarlo) Brugnoni; seven grandchildren; sister, Florence Powers; niece, Chayce Powers. 


She is preceded by her parents.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home, 8103 Wilmont Road, Spring Grove, IL.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 10519 N. Main Street, Richmond, IL.


Interment will be in Alden Cemetery, Alden, IL.


Memorial donations in Susan’s memory to Alzheimer’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated by her family.

For additional information, please contact the funeral home at 815 – 675 – 0550.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Susan A. Fontana hosted by Thompson Spring Grove.

Susan A. Fontana, 70, of Ringwood, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Born in 1954, in Oak Park, Susan was the cherished daughter of Robert and Prudence (Tolomeo) Powers. She attended Proviso East High School, graduating in 1972, and pursued higher education at the University of Illinois, where she earned her Doctorate Degree in Philosophy.

Susan was a woman of remarkable accomplishments, compassion, and kindness. For over 25 years, she dedicated herself to the field of nursing, serving as the Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while simultaneously holding the role of family nurse practitioner at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health. Susan's compassion and dedication to teaching shaped countless lives throughout her career, leaving a permanent mark on all who had the privilege of learning from her.


As an accomplished author, Susan shared her vast nursing knowledge with the world through her contributions to medical journals and textbooks, leaving a lasting impact on the field. Her selflessness and generosity knew no bounds, as evidenced by her decision to donate one of her kidneys to a random patient on her 60th birthday – a testament to her unwavering commitment to helping others.


On August 29, 2009, Susan married her beloved husband, Vern Weidner, with whom she shared a deep and enduring bond. Together, they found joy in riding motorcycles and crafting exquisite wines. But above all, Susan treasured moments spent with her family, children and grandchildren finding solace and fulfillment in their presence.


Those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Susan will forever remember her warm smile and her kind heart. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nonna, and friend whose memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Her legacy of compassion, generosity, and love will continue to inspire generations to come.


Survived by her husband, Vern; children, Nicholas, Troy (Lauren), Cade Fontana, Bria (Craig) Spiniolas, Jessalyn (Giancarlo) Brugnoni; seven grandchildren; sister, Florence Powers; niece, Chayce Powers. 


She is preceded by her parents.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home, 8103 Wilmont Road, Spring Grove, IL.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 10519 N. Main Street, Richmond, IL.


Interment will be in Alden Cemetery, Alden, IL.


Memorial donations in Susan’s memory to Alzheimer’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated by her family.

For additional information, please contact the funeral home at 815 – 675 – 0550.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Susan A. Fontana hosted by Thompson Spring Grove.

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