Susan Short Fizer

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Susan Ann Short Fizer, 85, a lifelong resident of Belleville, IL, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, after a valiant battle with the limitations of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sue was born June 24, 1935, to Glen and M. Marguerite, nee Jenkins, Short. She was a devoted and lifelong member of Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church. Sue graduated from Notre Dame Academy during which time she was a proud member of the Bellettes All Girl Drum and Bugle Corps. She continued her education at SIU- Carbondale, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and later earned her Master’s degree in Education from SIU- Edwardsville.

Sue began her teaching career as a special education teacher in Cahokia, Illinois. From there, she went on to teach at Signal Hill Grade School, before beginning her 40-year long career as a real estate agent.  She was a dedicated Cheerleading Coach for the Althoff Cheerleaders for 35 years, and fondly remembered the three National Championships they won and all the fun they had throughout the years. Her “girls” always held a special place in her heart.

When she retired from coaching, she poured her heart and soul into real estate and became a multi-year top seller, where she especially enjoyed helping incoming military families find their new homes. Sue’s smile preceded her into every room, she never knew a stranger, and she loved life every single day. She was blessed throughout her life with the gift of conversation and she touched many lives with her leadership and friendship, making lasting and cherished memories along the way. We will miss her loving heart and her beautiful smile.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dana Fizer, in infancy; and her parents, Glen and Marguerite, nee Jenkins, Short.

Mrs. Fizer is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dan H. Fizer, whom she married on August 24, 1957;
her children, Todd Fizer of St. Louis, MO, Jodi Fizer of Jacksonville, FL, and Kyle (Nikki) Fizer;
and three grandchildren, Zach, Hayley, and Abby of O’Fallon, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is asked to be patient and abide by the number of visitors allowed at one time. Masks are required.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



35 Comments on Susan Short Fizer

Sarah Lowe said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2020 at 6:01 PM

I want to offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one. I also want to share a story that many of you probably don’t know. 7 years ago, I pulled into my grandma’s driveway on Christmas Eve. A sick emaciated stray cat came running from her garden and put his paw on my knee. I knew I had to help him and hoped that he could be saved. I took him to Belleville Animal Clinic where a kind lady inquired about the visibly sick animal. I told her how I had found the cat and that I was determined to help him pull through. While I was in the appointment, I began calculating how many holiday overtime hours I would need to pick up to pay for his bills. When I returned to the front desk and pulled out my already nearly maxed credit card, I was informed that a woman had left a blank check for his care that day. That woman was Sue Fizer. She never knew how much she changed my life that day and I have thought about her so often since. The cat (now named Marshall Meowthers) is living the good life with me and has been such a light in my darkest moments. I’ve told this story to countless people, always referring to the woman as an Angel. She has surely earned those wings. Marshall and I will be making a donation in her name. May God bless her family at this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bill Bruner said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Condolences to the Family. Suzy was a great realtor , very dedicated to her job and very very successful . During my time in and out of the Belleville area Suzy guided me thru 3 house purchases . May she Rest In Peace .

  • Phoenix
  • AZ
Tottie Renner Bassler said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2020 at 3:28 PM

Dan and family: My sincere sympathy to all of you. Susie was a dear person, and we go back many years to South Jackson St, May Our Lord help you thru this sad time.

  • Belleville, Il
  • II
Mike Aufdenspring said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Dan and the Fizer Family: Sorry to hear from Jerry Bauer of Sue’s passing. I remember she would shoo the Cathedral boys away from the cheerleaders. And she would lecture the lettermen during cheerleader tryouts. She was always so active. Prayers are with you.

  • Webster Groves
  • Missouri
Kathy Roemmel said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2020 at 12:11 PM

My sympathy to the whole family and Sue's family of friends. Todd was my neighbor for several years in Belleville.

  • Columbus
  • In
Bob & Joyce Dintelmann said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2020 at 8:24 AM

Our sympathy to the family of Sue Fizer

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike Aufdenspring said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Dan and the Fizer Family: Sorry to hear from Jerry Bauer of Sue’s passing. I remember she would shoo the Cathedral boys away from watching the cheerleaders. And she would lecture the lettermen during the eheerleader tryouts. She was always happy and in constant motion. You are all in our prayers.

  • Webster Grovrd
  • Missouri
Al Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Dan,sorry for your loss...remember playing baseball against you @ Freebug.

  • Wentzville
  • Mo
Jerry Bauer said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 2:24 PM

To Coach and Family: So very sorry to hear of the passing of Susie. I only had the pleasure of knowing Susie thru my high school years but remember that she always seemed to be in constant motion yet she took the time to stop, call you be your name and ask you how everything in your life was going. She always had that sparkle in her eyes and that beautiful smile. Growing up in that period of your lives, we didn't realize how lucky we were to have such great role models as we had in the First Family of Coaching - the Fizers. Coach, you picked a great woman to be your partner in life as she touched so many lives and will be remembered and missed by all.

  • St Augustine
  • FL
Ed & Kathy Wisniewski said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 1:57 PM

Fizer Family - please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. We knew Sue from Queen of Peace, Khoury League, and cheerleading and loved her spirit and positive attitude.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Joyce Fennewald Springer said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Dan and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Suzie’s death. My prayers are with you. Joyce

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Margie Schwartz said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 10:04 AM

Dear Dan and family, My warm thoughts of Susie go all the way back to East End park when she was my counselor. Susie was a happy person to know and be with. Susie was a treasured person and will be a treasured memory. God bless her and her family!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Ellen Budde Wittenberg said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Susie Fizer has been a very dear friend, neighbor, and cheerleading coach! I remember going to her wedding when I was a very young little girl. Danny played on my dad‘s baseball team, and lucky for me, became my next-door neighbor! She was like a big sister to me! I have so many memories of things we did together . I babysat for her when Todd was born! I was honored when she asked me to be her assistant cheerleading coach one year when I came back from college. We have kept in touch all these years and my heart is breaking for Dan and the kids! She had such an impact on my life. I loved her!

  • North Las Vegas
  • Nevada
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 9:15 AM

To the Fizer family, I am very saddened to hear about Sue. She was always very personable and always had a great smile when she met with you. I don’t know how she did it, but she was very good at remembering names of high school students from her cheerleading coaching days at Cathedral High School and at Althoff. She will truly be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John McAteer said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Dan & Family: Sue was the sparkle that lighted our lives through high school, SIU, and family life. COVID grounds so many these days, but memories abound for the pleasure her presence provided.

  • Greenville
  • Illinois
Mary Carroll said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 8:56 AM

Kyle and Family - I am so sorry about your loss. I know you will miss her. Even though I did not know her personally, growing up in Belleville, I knew she was a legend! She has touched many lives, and she leaves behind a wonderful legacy. My sincere sympathy to you all.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Pay Daye said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 8:55 AM

To everyone in Susie’s family - the tears fell as I looked at her obituary. We had so many experiences as we worked together- she was the bright spot in our day! She was so outgoing - so kind - so thoughtful- so funny - we shared a real bond. I’ll never forget the day we had lunch downtown - when we came out we realized she had left the car running the whole time we enjoyed that lunch! We couldn’t stop laughing! She was a dear heart - and I know that God in his wisdom has welcomed her with open arms. Keep smiling Susie! Love you - Pat

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jen said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 5:35 AM

I took care of Suzie in her last year or so of life. though I worked night shift, I saw her a lot( everyone did, most social resident I've ever seen). She was a little firecracker. Full of energy first thing in the morning, always dressed all glammed up in something with sequins, even if she had no where to go. Before she declined,she always wanted to pull up a chair and chit chat on that little bit of down time I had, usually about real estate, and I'd just try to understand (even though I didn't) . She had a good sense of humor and loved to joke around with us. I'm going to miss her, her smile was contagious. Her family is in my thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark and Maureen Timmermann said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 8:38 PM

Sue will be fondly remembered by all of us Timmers, especially Mary Ellen. She always asked how are family was doing. She was so friendly and sweet. We are so sorry for your loss!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Maribeth Nelson said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 6:46 PM

Dear Fizer Family - I am so sad to hear about the passing of your wife and mother, Sue. She was always 'Fizer' to us cheerleaders and one darn good coach. She pushed us hard and stepped in for support and guidance when she sensed we needed it. We always felt we came first with her - although I know you all really did! I'll never forget when we made candles at your house for a fundraiser and we started a fire in the kitchen! Fizer later helped my husband and I find a house when we returned to the area, which we still live in today. She went over and beyond to help us. The last time I saw her was 2-3 years ago. I had heard she was experiencing forgetfulness but she remembered me , and I feel blessed. I know I will always remember her! God bless you. God has gained one great cheerleader! With sympathy, Maribeth (Szewczyk) Nelson

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Valerie & Ann Merritt nee Schubkegal said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 6:34 PM

Dear Dan & Family, Ann sends her deepest condolences to your family. We will both miss Sue very dearly. Here smile would brighten up a room and her laughter was the best.

  • Snoqualmie
  • WA
Barb Mueller Lombardo said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 4:41 PM

To Dan and the Fizer family...So sorry to hear about the passing of Suzie. She was a wonderful woman who had so much passion in life for any challenge and situation. She was fiercely determined to do the right thing and I so admired her for that. I was in the first class at Althoff in 1964 and in the very first squad of Althoff cheerleaders. She gave every squad her energy and drive from her first to her last. I learned so much more than cheerleading from her! She taught us how to give 100% and she affirmed for me that passion for goals is a great thing and so needed to follow your dreams. God Bless you Suzie and thank you for the person you were and the gifts you shared with us.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Jean Sax Meyer said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 3:36 PM

Fizer family - my deepest sympathies on the loss of our dear “Fizer.” She is definitely one of the great ones! She guided us during an epic time in our lives and I will always remember her leadership, work ethic, and genuine passion for making her cheerleading squads the best that they could be. Thanks for the memories!

  • Belleville
  • Il
David Pfeiffer said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Sue was a wonderful person to be around. Our family spent lots of time hauling the cheer leaders to camp for the 4 years our daughter Amy was a cheer leader. Went to old miss twice and Missouri 2 years. Never saw anyone who worked harder and was more dedicated as Sue. I am sure sue will Be missed by her family and many friends. I pray that God will take her into his loving and protective arms ????❤️❤️❤️

  • Millstadt
  • Ill
David Pfeiffer said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 2:21 PM

I fondly remember the many hours our family spent with Sue and the Althoff Cheerleaders. Never knew what we were in for when we bought a full size Van. We became the official cheerleader buss for the 4 years Amy was a cheer leader.

  • Millstadt
  • Ill
jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 2:09 PM

Dan and Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out for you today and in the future. Sue was a great friend and she was a terrific cheerleader for our Cathedral High School in the 50's. We will miss her.

  • Nashville
  • Il
Shirley & Bill Miller said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 1:16 PM

She was a great lady and it was nice working at Caldwell Banker.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Jennifer (Martychenko) Cowan said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM

I am sad to hear of Suzie's passing, Heaven definitely got brighter. I look very fondly on my time (countless hours) spent with Suzie and am very glad to have such a strong mentor in my formative years. I am who I am today because of her and think about her often. God Bless!

  • Rogersville
  • MO
Alletha Moyer Reiss said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 11:57 AM

Fizer Family- I am so sorry for your loss. What a great lady to have known...She will be missed by so many! I will hold her dear in my memory...she was always so good to me! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love during this difficult time!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Maru Barbara (Lohmann) Kurtz said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 10:38 AM

Mr. Fizer and family... My deepest sympathy on the loss of your sweet wife and mother. I loved running into her! She was such a little spitfire, You can't think of the Althoff cheerleaders (back in the day) and not think of Suzie and that falling pyramid! She really was everyone's cheerleader. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Fred Perryman said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2020 at 8:39 AM

Dan, my words of comfort are extended to you. Educators and mentors as you and your wife are would be hard to find today. I am grateful to have had them as part of my life’s web.

  • Fish Creek
  • WI
Eveline Elghanian said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2020 at 9:21 PM

So sorry for your loss.

  • Illinois
Janet (Graul) Harter said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Prayers for the family for the loss of one great woman. My two years with her have always remained very special. She coached our squads ‘65 and ‘66 Althoff. I learned much more from Suzie other than cheerleading. One great lady. Always think of her with loving thoughts. I’m sure if heaven has cheerleaders, she’s already organizing them!! Go Suzie!!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Carol Hudack said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2020 at 8:04 PM

Will forever be grateful for. her friendship and love. She was a. Delight.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Debra Smith said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Jodi, Your mom was always so much fun to be around and lived life to the fullest. She left so many great memories that will live on and bring smiles to the family. My deepest condolences to you, your dad and family. Love Always Deb?

  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • FL

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