Susan Kay Loda

Susan Kay Loda, 79, of Traverse City, Michigan died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City.

She was born on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

She was the daughter of Robert and Lois (Rohde) Crabb and stepfather, G. Don Ellis.

The family later moved to Traverse City, where she attended Traverse City schools and graduated from Central High School in 1958. She attended Northwestern Michigan College, graduating with an associate’s degree.

Living in Detroit, Susan worked for WJBK-TV2 and Storer Broadcasting.

She moved to the mountains of North Carolina, where she co-owned Main Street Antiques and Workshop in Glenville for 25 years. She was best known for her award-winning basket weaving and was featured on an HGTV segment.

She moved back to Traverse City in 2010 to be near family when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Lewy body disease.

She is survived by a daughter, Karin Winchester, of Holly; sons, Greg (Tami) Stuck, of Metamora, Michigan and Brian Stuck, of Lapeer, Michigan; and granddaughters, Amy Fowlkes, Julia Stuck and Jennifer (Dan) Redford. Also surviving are her stepchildren, Chris (Mary Lee) Loda, of Vienna, Virginia, and Terri (Imre) Toth, of Monrovia, Maryland; grandchildren, Nathan (Flor), Justin (Emily), Kyle (Elizabeth), Megan, Brian and Jeffrey; along with four great-grandchildren. Her sister, Janis (Jim) Anderson, of Traverse City, survives; as do her stepbrother, Fritz (Kathy) Crabb, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sister-in-law, Bev Crabb, of Oshtemo, Michigan; niece, Deb (David) Prichard, of Traverse City; nephew, Mike (Allison) Anderson, of Spring Lake; and great-nephews, Teddy, Tyler, Jack, Avery and Brenden. Her former husband, Peter B. Loda, survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, stepbrother, Rob Crabb; son-in-law, Larry Winchester; and former husband, Terry Stuck.

The family thanked the staff of Bay Ridge Assisted Living, Grand Traverse Pavilions Elm unit and Hospice of Michigan for their loving care.

The graveside service will be conducted in the spring, with the date and time to be published at that time. Memorial contributions may be directed to the PACE program at Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684. Share your memories with her family by visiting her online tribute page at

The family is being care for and served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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