Obituaries » Suzanne "Suzy" M Beard (Piepenbrink)

September 25, 1948 - March 18, 2019

Funeral Service Date
March 25, 2019
Funeral Service Time
11:00 am

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Suzanne M. “Suzy” Beard, 70, of Fort Wayne died March 18, 2019. Suzy was born September 25, 1948 in Fort Wayne, and was the daughter of the late George and Edna Piepenbrink. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She received her Associates degree in dental hygiene and later received her Bachelors in education with honors. Suzy then pursued a career as a dental hygienist for 46 years and volunteered and worked with the Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic for over 25 years. In addition to her career and raising her family, her life’s mission was helping the less fortunate. She lived by two guiding principles, “Love God first and love thy neighbor”. Through her work with Miss Virginia’s Mission House where she volunteered for over 35 years, she lead the annual Holiday Turkey Dinner drive and started Miss Virginia Gardens. She was also a dedicated volunteer to St. Martins Health Care Services and the Euell Wilson Community Center. While most of her service was done in Allen County, she also traveled to Honduras to provide dental services and to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She received the Unsung Hero Award from Tower Bank in 2004 and served on the board of the Franciscan Center. Regardless of what or where, she strived to meet the needs of the needy. Everything Suzy did in life she did with an a passion and energy that inspired all around her. Suzy is survived by her husband of 48 years, William Beard; mother-in-law Alice C. Beard of Fort Wayne, IN; children Christopher M. Beard of San Francisco, CA, Erin L. (Hazen IV) Kreis and Kelly S. (Seth) Arensten of Fairfax, CA; Grandsons, Hazen V, Holden, Vander and Nash; brothers, David Piepenbrink of Dunnellon, FL, Jim D. (Susie Boggan) Piepenbrink of Fremont, IN; sisters, Carolyn (Thomas) Alter of Dunnellon, FL, Mary L. (Terry) Harkenrider of Fort Wayne, IN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Monday, March 25, 2019 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1502 E Wallen Rd, with calling one hour prior. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Burial will be at a later date, in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Euell A. Wilson Community Center 1512 Oxford St. Fort Wayne, IN or Miss Virginia’s Mission House 1312 S Hanna St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802. To sign the online guest book, go to

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

Visitation Date

March 24, 2019

Visitation Time

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Funeral Service Information:

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church-Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-489-3537

Address: 1502 E Wallen Rd Fort Wayne IN, 46825

Service Date: March 24, 2019

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Service Notes: calling one hour prior at church

Funeral Service Date

March 25, 2019

Funeral Service Time

11:00 am

Additional Info

calling one hour prior at church

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