Susan LaRue Fiori
Susan LaRue Fiori
  • November 25, 1947 - April 24, 2017
  • Arizona

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Susan LaRue Fiori passed away on April 24, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. Susan was born on November 25, 1947 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Virgil and Dorothy Newcom.
At a young age she moved to Perry, IA where she later graduated High School from Perry High School. She worked for Forklift of Des Moines which led to an opportunity to work for a Clark Forklift dealership in Phoenix, AZ. She excelled in her career and eventually became the rental fleet manager overseeing the entire rental fleet for all of Arizona. She enjoyed trips with her family and most will remember all those great parties, especially her Halloween parties. I am thankful for all the friends and family that had the most divine experience of having such a delightful, loving and kind spirit of a lady in our lives. For those that got to know her assertive and sometimes stubborn side know that it was with that same determination she met head on with her battle against Alzheimer's and although it was a long and often mentally painful battle, it ended peacefully.

Susan is preceded in death by her father Virgil Newcom, mother Dorothy Newcom, and her brother Lowell (Bill) Welker.

Susan is survived her sister Charlene King, two sons, Tony Fiori and his wife Tanya, Nick Fiori and his wife Michelle and four grandkids Jared, Madisson, Nathan, and Lily.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Lakeshore Mortuary. Reception will follow the service in the Reception Room at Lakeshore Mortuary. In Lieu of Flowers please donate to the institute that discovered that my mom was afflicted with this disease. _

Arrangements under the direction of Lakeshore Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.

Service for Susan LaRue Fiori, Friday, May 12, 2017
***1st Song How Do You Mend a Broken Heart- Bee Gee's_**
There is a frequently used quote describing women of strong character.
"Well behaved women seldom make history"
Susan LaRue Fiori - assertive, determined, up front, no pretense, hardworking, dedicated, and sometimes stubborn- this was Susan, and she made history!
Good evening and welcome! My name is Ronda Berkey and I am honored to be with you this evening as we have gathered to acknowledge the death of Susan LaRue Fiori. We have come together as a community of strength to pay tribute to her memory and celebrate her life with words of comfort and encouragement to her grieving family.

On behalf of the family, let me thank you for being here this evening. It is always a significant moment when we stop to acknowledge the importance of a life and the ways she touched her world. Your presence here means that Susan made a difference in your life and you took the time to honor her special place on this earth.
You have come here out of respect, and your presence here shows the family that they are not alone in their grief. The loss is yours as well, as you have lost a true friend. Possibly you have brought a card, you took the time to write something down to share your thoughts about Susan. Maybe you got on the funeral homes website and wrote a condolence message. Words and actions are powerful and they are a true representations of who you are. Susan knew that. Susan was a kind spirit, a talker, a teacher and a mentor with that robust attitude of "what you see is what you get". Susan had a very outgoing personality, you knew her as the "friend who threw great parties- and the life of the party".
She was a no holds barred woman, who always spoke her mind. Maybe you were one who was endearingly called a "Pickle Head" or you heard her many sayings . "Can't squeeze the piss out of a Buffalo Nickle" or "Don't Start Me Lying." Even the term GIZZYWHOPPER. Tony said she used to say that one all the time.
A gizzy whopper is something that you can't describe, like a forklift part, or the metal part of a light bulb, or a handful of screws,."Why don't you hand me that gizzy whopper over there"
Her personality was dynamite. It's Hard to believe all that dynamite came from a small town girl who was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, then at 8 years old came to Perry, Iowa. But you know what they say.dynamite comes in small packages. That characteristic coupled with a good old fashion mid-western work ethic - I call it "the key for success".
Charlene, Susan's older sister- as Susan would delightfully remind her so often, said Susan was very intelligent as a young girl. Charlene proudly told me Susan graduated at the top 2% of all those who graduated from Iowa that year. Charlene recalls that Susan watched her and was attentive to what not to do- as Charlene paved the way as the older sister. She also remembered that Susan was kind of a snitch.she'd catch wind of something that was going to happen or what had been done and report it to mom and dad- she like many little sisters they were called "the informer". Susan could be threatened to keep silent. She was deathly scared of needles. Charlene had a collection of them from when the doctors came to the house to give shots or vaccines to the family- that was back in the day when they did make house calls! They always left the needles behind. Charlene would use them to get even. Susan the informer, did have a nose for news. After school she worked for the hometown newspaper. The Perry News- as their junior editor- their tag line is "We Tell It All". Perfect!
Susan met and married her high school sweetheart- Tony. He was attracted to her feistiness.
He said she had a bigger imagination than her group of friends. Susan was interested in going places. They'd hit the