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Susan Marie Raser
date of birth November 12 1945
date of death February 27 2020
Susan Marie was born on November 12, 1945 in Spokane, Washington to Marjorie and Raymond Haines. The family was soon joined by sister Sandy and settled in Salem, Oregon. Several years later her parents were blessed with two additional children, Margaret and John. Early years were spent on family trips to the beach, picking strawberries, and working at the local cannery. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1963, Susan moved to Georgia where she studied X-Ray Technology at Emory University. Upon completion of her studies, she returned to Oregon and began a short career as an x-ray technician at Sacred Heart hospital in Eugene.
When the opportunity to become a flight attendant at Northwest Airlines presented itself, Susan could not pass it up. She relocated to Minneapolis to begin training in 1967. Susan quickly took to the air and spent much of her free time traveling and vacationing with friends. On one trip she met a handsome young pilot named Bill who also happened to be from Oregon. This commonality was the perfect conversation starter and it wasn’t long before the two were inseparable. After getting married in 1969, the couple moved to Seattle, Washington where Bill continued his career at Northwest.
In 1973, Susan and Bill moved back to Oregon with their two young daughters to be closer to family. Eventually they settled in Oregon City where Susan quickly established a strong group of friends in the community and at the local Catholic church. Susan began volunteering at her daughters’ elementary school and after a few years was offered a paid position as a Teacher’s Assistant. Susan and Bill moved to Canby, Oregon in 1990 where she continued to work for the Oregon City School District until she retired in 2011.
Susan enjoyed many activities with family and friends throughout the years. Weekends and summer holidays were spent camping and boating. Several football seasons were spent in Corvallis tailgating and cheering on the Oregon State Beavers. For many years she volunteered by serving meals once a week at the St. Francis Dining Hall in Portland. Susan played Bunko with her neighbors, and although she rarely won, she always had a great time. In recent years she enjoyed her retirement by continuing to volunteer in her grandchildren’s classrooms, binge watching NCIS, and traveling with loved ones to several places – including her favorite, Hawaii.
Susan was adored by many and was blessed to receive countless visits from friends and family during her final weeks. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 27, 2020 while holding hands with both of her daughters. A special thank you to Dr. Bradford Glavan of the Oregon Clinic for his thorough and thoughtful care over the past two years and to Providence Hospice for their expertise and specialized focus in end-of-life care.
Susan is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Raser of Portland and Marjorie Sortman (Scott) of Salt Lake City, six grandchildren (Brooklyn, Hudson, Tallulah, Mallory, Delaney, and Van), sisters Sandy Haines and Margaret (Haines) Broaddus of Salem. Brother-in-law Bob Raser of Canby, sister-in-law Cindy (Raser) Bigej (Jim) of Wickenburg, and sister-in-law Laurie (Raser) Steinke (John) of Gresham, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Susan is preceded in death by her parents Marjorie and Raymond Haines, husband Bill Raser, and brother John Haines.
Memorial Mass will be held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church (498 NW 9th Ave, Canby, OR 97013) at 11:00am on Saturday March 14th. Reception to follow.
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Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Marjorie Sortman
Candle lit by Deborah Imeson A life beautifully lived...
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Candle lit by Nicole Higginbotham A beautiful tribute, to a wonderful person. Love to you Jen and Majorie and your families. May your love carry you through this difficult time.
Candle lit by Michelle and jason haines(Dakota, keylee)
Candle lit by Sandy Haines May your beautiful spirit shine through the children and grandchildren. Love you all!
Candle lit by Chris Haines Rest in peace Aunt Susan.
Candle lit by Brooklyn I feel so grateful to have walked this life with you, Granma
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Candle lit by Billy Burbank Had the privilege to know & spend quality time with this great woman. Susan always had a smile on her face when she greeted you & always wanted to serve you! Susan was the true definition of a selfless human much love from the Burbanks may she RIP.
Candle lit by Steve Hofmaster Sending my deepest condolences for Susan and I pray her family to have peace during this very sad time.Thinking of you all.
Candle lit by Sabrina Cowley I am so very sorry for your loss, I had the pleasure of hanging out with you and your mom what a amazing lady, hugs and prayers for your family
Candle lit by Madeleine Thinking about you, Brooklyn, Mallory, & Delaney.
Candle lit by Colleen Talbot Did not know her well, but know she raised a beautiful family. She lives on through her girls, and then their children. May she rest peacefully. ❤️
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Candle lit by Christine & Phil Beautiful tribute ❤️
Candle lit by Billy Burbank I was lucky enough to spend quality time with Susan she always greeted you with a smile & always wanted to serve you. This woman was the true epitome of a selfless human who just wanted to take care of everyone around her. The Burbank family sends our sincere condelences to the family may Susan RIP.
Candle lit by Margaret Svilar What wonderful words for such a beautiful soul! A beautiful spirit while on earth and now Heaven gets to have this truly extraordinary soul.
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Candle lit by Joyce Wells I am her loving cousin and remember her dancing around as a child and always being happy. she was a great strawberry picker and could out do us all. I remember her to the last never complaining. We love you Susan and will miss your
Candle lit by Bo Thoughts and hugs to you all. Though I only met your sweet mom once, the memory lingers with joy.
Candle lit by Bobbi Donnell I loved both sides of my sweet friend, Susan: the quiet listener in a group, and the witty and humorous pal when it was just the two of us together! But no matter whether she was in a large group or small, she had your back. She was supportive and generous with her time and her love. All of your Sassy sisters will remember you with love.
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Candle lit by Kathy Parker A beautiful tribute to Susan who touched so many of us. Her loving, caring spirit will live on in her daughters and grandchildren. May we be consoled knowing she now rests in God’s loving care.
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Candle lit by Hudson Raser Love you forever gramma
Candle lit by Jeffrey Compton Susan... I loved your smile, holding your hand, your tenacity, our conversations, your quick wit and your strength. You are missed, terribly.
Candle lit by Cherrie Lemons I feel so blessed to have had Susan for a dear friend for over 40 years. She will be missed by many. Will always love you Susan.
Candle lit by Shari Park From the first day that Bill and Susan Raser started building their house only 2 doors over - my Bill and I saw them as friends. With so very much in common, they were perfect for flying and boating adventures as well as backyard suppers. Can't count the number of times we did stuff with them. One example - we bought our first boat and after learning to use it on the Columbia - with Bill R's encouragement and hands on assistance - we hired a trucking company for this crazy trip up I-5. Bill was there to help dismantle the rigid too tall sun roof and then again right there to get it remounted up in Olympia harbor. Susan and I were of course, scrubbing away on all the filthy surfaces, chairs and stuff. Once we were floating and organized it was a fun picnic supper on their well loved Bayliner. The next day in tandem we were off on a guided tour - to see all their most interesting and favorite places in that vast network of inlets, islands and canals in Puget Sound. It was just dreadful to lose Bill all those years ago and now with Susan gone too - we only have memories. At least there are many! Sending sympathy to all who loved them.
Candle lit by Bill & Debbie Burbank How both Bill and I adored Susan, she was one of kind and there will never be another like her. RIP sweet Susan and God bless you little lady.
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Candle lit by Kathy Buell Go with God dear girl, I will always remember our times at Jennings Lodge School. The many reading groups and recess duties we shared. The kindergarteners never could pronounce your last name! But they loved you Mrs. Eraser! Your were loved by many, and you will be missed.
Candle lit by Debi Sermeus Susan always had a beautiful smile, laughter, sense of humor and was the first to lend a helping hand when needed. A truly special Lady.
Candle lit by Tresa So grateful to have known you, Susan. Love to the family ♥️