Susanne Q. Croel

  • Died: September 15, 2020
  • Location: Roseville, California

Tribute & Message From The Family


Wonderful wife, mother, friend, volunteer and nature lover

Message From The Family

The family thanks all of the amazing family members and friends who have sent flowers, cards and memories of Susanne -- they've been very comforting. And thanks to all those who knew Mom/Sue and keep a special place in their heart for her memory.

Ina Susanne Quad Croel (Susanne), 83, passed away after a long illness on September 15, 2020. Most recently a resident of Orangevale, Calif., Susanne was born in New York City, reared in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and then made homes with her husband, Philip (who passed in 2013), in Michigan, California, Massachusetts and Florida. She came back to California from Florida in 2016 to be close to her children, all California residents.

Susanne was born in 1937 to Millard Carl and Ina Guy (Stewart) Quad. After graduating from high school in Ridgewood, she went on to get a degree in Speech and Drama from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Penn., which is where she met her future husband, Philip Miles Croel, a visiting cadet from West Point. They married on June 25, 1960 and spent the first few years of their marriage in Panama, where Phil was commissioned.

Susanne was a loving mother to four children, a dedicated volunteer in numerous organizations over the years, and a tireless advocate for nature. She volunteered at organizations including Kara (grief support); Green Pastures (a long-term care home for disabled youth); and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Susanne also volunteered her time as an art docent in the Los Altos public schools; as a tour guide and historian in Massachusetts; as a reading tutor to disadvantaged youth in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and at a local history museum in Crystal River, Fla. While in Florida, Susanne developed a passion for the endangered manatees that found their home in the warm waters surrounding Crystal River. She worked diligently on their behalf, volunteering her time with Fish & Wildlife to protect these gentle giants from encroaching development and overzealous tourists. Susanne's other passions included learning and practicing American Sign Language (ASL) as an interpreter; and working alongside Philip in the Parkinson's support groups that were an important part of his life and care as he dealt with the disease.

Susanne was endlessly curious and, right up to the end, a voracious reader with an appetite for books and magazines that kept her informed on the most pressing topics and issues of the day. Wherever she lived, she got involved with people and organizations that are focused on 'making the world a better place'. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a deeply intelligent, creative, spiritual and loving person, and she will be missed greatly by everyone whose lives she touched.

Susanne had a long (53 years) and happy marriage to Philip, who preceded her in death in October 2013. (Romantically, she passed away on his birthday.) She is survived by her four children, Lisa Susanne Croel, Heather Rosina Croel-Clay (Douglas), Russell Clint Croel (Heidi), and Michael Stephen Croel; two of her three siblings, Louis Jacob Quad and Wendy Katherine Quad; and six grandchildren. Her sister, Carolyn Beth Asquith, passed away in 2019.

Susanne was cremated and celebrations of her life will be scheduled and held by her children in Bodega Bay and Pacific Grove, Calif., at spots enjoyed by Susanne and Philip for their wild and divine beauty.

Donations in honor of Susanne can be made to Save the Manatee Club, www.savethemanatee.org.