Susan Jenne Knoppe, RN

Born: 05/16/1946 Passed:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sue on February 20, 2019. After a long illness, she passed away peacefully while holding her daughters’ hands and surrounded by loved ones.

Sue was born on May 16, 1946, in Lyndhurst Ohio, to the late Paul and Doris Jenne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Knoppe.

Sue is survived by her daughters Jenne (Jason) Clapp, Karri (Michael) Hajec, stepson John (Kathy) Knoppe, brothers Paul (Linda) Jenne, and Bill (Marianne) Jenne, former husband John (Mary) Appleson, and grandchildren Luke, Cole, Hayden, Alex, and Samantha.

Sue enjoyed sewing, kitting, crafting, reading, and dancing. She wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl and was very passionate and dedicated to the profession for fifty years. Sue received her nursing degree from Huron Road School of Nursing and her bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management from Ursuline College.

She accomplished much in her professional career: she was instrumental in helping to establish an in vitro fertilization program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center that resulted in Ohio’s first IVF birth in 1983, and the world’s first IVF/surrogate birth in 1986; she helped to care for the first heart transplant patient at the Cleveland Clinic; she also trained many doctors on suturing techniques for microsurgery; and wrote many policies while at the Cleveland Clinic some of which are still being followed today.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital for the wonderful care and support they gave to Sue and her family during a difficult time.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating blood in memory of Sue.

Family and friends whose lives were touched by Sue are invited to a celebration of life on March 9, 2019, at 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 16725 Victoria Drive, Chagrin Falls, OH. Email with questions regarding Sue’s life celebration.


10 Tributes to Susan Jenne Knoppe, RN

  1. Vivian Clark says:

    My Deepest Condolences to the Family

  2. Karen DeHoff Zerby says:

    I am so saddened to read this. John and I worked together at Honeywell and I met Sue and their precious daughters when the girls were very young! God bless and keep you all at this difficult time. Karen DeHoff Zerby

  3. Rhonda Widmer says:

    I am so sorry for your lost. I spent a lot of time at swing dances with Sue. She was always such a sweetheart… she will be missed. Rhonda

  4. Cheryl says:

    What a beautiful person inside and out, though I never had the pleasure to meet her, I have only heard wonderful things about her. I have prayed for her to not suffer and let go of this world. I know that she has her family and friends that miss her dearly and their hearts are breaking. But it is us on earth who is suffering at this time, know that Sue is released of all her pain and on journey we are still left to follow. My prayers are with the family grieving now, for I endure your pain. May our Heavenly Father hold you during this heartbreaking time. Peace be with you ??

    • Jenne Clapp says:

      Your words are so heartfelt and amazing. My family thanks you. She was an amazing mom and my best friend. I will miss her more than anything and the many many late night conversations we shared

      • Devin says:

        I am so very sorry for your terrible loss, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. She did a great job on you.❤️

  5. Anthony Ambrosio says:

    We are deeply moved by the passing of our dear friend and neighbor.
    We had many great times with Sue and Clyde.
    You will be greatly missed Sue.
    God Bless, rest in peace.

    Tony & Charlene Ambrosio

  6. Dennis Lambert says:

    To Sue’s Daughters,
    It was wonderful to read about the journey your mom took through life. I only knew her casually as a quiet, wide-eyed classmate at Brush High. A girl like most teenage girls who had ambitions and dreams for the future. Your tribute tell me that she fulfilled her dreams as well as raised 2 wonderful daughters.
    Enjoy the memories that your mom made for you. Even at almost 73, her life was just too short. So sorry to here of your loss.

  7. Shenika Todd says:

    I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet such a sweet individual. I was able to share with her the laughs that Jenne Clapp and I had. I also enjoyed the conversations about her being a nurse and how knowledgeable she was in her journey of nursing. May prayers continue to embrace such a beautiful family and may you all live a great life while embracing on great memories!

  8. Susan (Jesse) Campbell says:

    Susan and I were home room buddies. Since our last names were near matches (Susan Jenne and Susan Jesse). I recall us skipping down the halls of Brush singing a popular tune of the times. I have often wondered about her. I wished that we had had the opportunity to “catch” up our lives. Very sad to learn that she has passed but it does appear that her life was richly shared with others. My condolences to her family.

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