Susan Rourke Vogt
Susan Rourke Vogt
  • December 31, 1952 - May 29, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Throughout her life, Susan dedicated her heart and soul to her family and friends. She was in perfect health, but on May 26, 2017, for unknown reasons, her heart must have given all that it had to give and told her it was time for her to go. Susan did not take her last breath until three days later, on Memorial Day at sunset; she fought just long enough to give her entire family enough time to gather together at the hospital to cry, then laugh, and finally reflect on how important family is and how life passes far too quickly. Susan will be forever loved and sorely missed by her best friend, high school sweetheart, and soul mate, Tim, with whom she celebrated 45 years of marriage just days before her passing. One day, not too soon, they will hold hands again and squeeze their secret handshake. Susan's legacy, passion and thoughtfulness will live on through her only child, Shane, her beloved daughter-in-law Marcie, and their amazing daughters, Mackenzie, Zoe, Bailey and Riley. Susan was the middle child, and she was still surrounded by her four siblings when she passed: Susan's matriarch sister Janet, her husband Donald, and their daughters, Tracey and Kara; Susan's "Alabama" sister Linda, her husband Rex, and their daughter, Kimberly; Susan's baby brother, Brian, is wife Barbara, and their daughter, Jennifer; and Susan's "Sissy", Wendy, her husband Albert, and their daughter, Alyssa. Susan was preceded in passing far too early by her nephew, Kevin. She devotedly cared for her father, Ernie, and her mother, Irene, during their final years. Now, Susan is with them and is certainly watching and worrying about us from above while she patiently waits for her soul mate and the rest of her family to surround her once again. In her final moments, Susan was packing the car for a family weekend at the beach, her favorite place. In lieu of funeral services, Susan's family is going to give her that trip to the beach and one last glorious sunset. In lieu of flowers or donations, pour yourself a stiff drink, raise your glass to Susan, buy yourself some scratch-offs and a lotto ticket, and let it ride. Because life is just too short and that's what my Mom really would have wanted you to do. Online condolences may be left to the family at