PASCAGOULA – Susan Ann Levesque, 88, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. She was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Shields, N.D., daughter of the late George and Matilda Nedella.
Susan graduated from Nisland High School in 1943 as the class valedictorian and recipient of the I Dare You Award. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES program and served at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland during World War II. She met her spouse, William Levesque, at Patuxent River and they married Sept. 15, 1944, in the station chapel, St. Nicholas Catholic Church. After World War II ended they settled in Millinocket and raised a family of six children with relocations to Dothan, Ala., and Childersburg, Ala., before moving to Pascagoula, Miss., in 2005. Susan was a devoted homemaker and gave her family the love and support they needed to be successful in their jobs, educational pursuits and sporting events. She was a person of strong faith and contributed much of her time and talent as church sacristan and ladies guild member. She was an avid sports fan, loving all sports. In her youth she played on softball, basketball and bowling teams. In later years she won many local golf tournaments associated with the Women’s Golf Association of Coosa Pines Golf Club, Childersburg, Ala., and in 1985 captained the Alabama championship team that competed in the American Cancer Society National Golf Tournament. She loved playing competitive card games and traveling. She loved her country and was a charter member of Women’s War Memorial and World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the World War II Museum, New Orleans.
She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Anne Kiel, Rose Kiel, Gustina Eide and Emma Nedella; and brothers, Leonard and John Nedella. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 68 years, William Levesque of Pascagoula, Miss.; six children, Kenneth and wife, Debbie, of Melbourne, Fla., Michael and wife, Diana, of Fairhope, Ala., Patrick and wife, Velma, of Charlotte, N.C., Gregory and wife, Tina, of Ohatchee, Ala., Karin of Pascagoula, Miss., and Sharon and husband, Tim, of Hockessin, Del.; six grandchildren, Kim Daigle, Christopher Levesque, Leesa Levesque, Bill Levesque, Billie Cheeks and David Libert; four great-grandchildren, Kristin Daigle, Jayla Cheeks, Trent Cheeks and Leo Goodenough; four brothers, Matthew, Anthony, Jerry and George; one sister, Eva Delaney; many relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gautier, Miss. She will be buried at a later date at Biloxi National Cemetery. You may send your condolences to her family at www.obryantokeefe.com.