Susan Paasch Mettler joined our Father in heaven on November 16, 2012. She passed away at home with her beloved family by her side after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Susan was born on April 16, 1949 in Billings, the youngest of three children to Robert “Bob” and Doreen Paasch. She graduated from Billings West High and a few years later she married the love of her life, Barry Mettler, on March 20, 1970. Their marriage was an inspiration to all who knew them for their enduring commitment to each other. While raising their four wonderful children, Susan earned her degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Montana College. Thereafter, Susan joined school district 2 where she taught kindergarten for the next 27 years, before retiring from Meadowlark Elementary in 2010. She loved teaching and made many wonderful lifelong friends at the schools where she taught.
Susan had a love for traveling, much of which was with her two very special friends, Debbie Cuculich and Margene Hall. The trio traveled the world together; Hawaii, Greece, Italy, Israel and more. Her love of travel took her on many different adventures. Her most recent adventure this past July took her to South Africa on a safari with her oldest granddaughter, Jourdan.
Susan will be remembered for her generosity, quick wit, warm smile, and complete devotion to her family, friends, and church. She was extremely close to her children and grandchildren and held a special place in her heart for each of them. Susan will be missed by everyone who knew her. God welcomes her home on her last and greatest adventure.
On behalf of the family we would like to thank everyone who visited and spent their valuable time with Susan. The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to the Meadowlark school staff for all the love and support that was shown to our family during this difficult time.
Susan was preceded in death by her father Bob Paasch and mother Doreen Paasch. She is survived by her husband Barry Mettler, her son Brandon Mettler of Billings, her daughters Tiffany (Rick) Balestri of Florida, Carrie (Jed) Strauss of Colorado, and Jennifer (Brady) Leclerc of Maine. She is also survived by her sister Bobi (Ron) Mellor of Colorado, and brother Dick (Jane) Paasch of Billings and 7 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions in memory of Susan Mettler to Riverstone Hospice at P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103 or PanCan at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 92066.
Cremation has taken place, Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Faith Chapel, 517 Shiloh Road.