Susan Berkeland

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Susan Lynette Birkeland 45, passed away to be united with her Lord, on Nov. 18, in San Francisco, CA after battling metastatic breast cancer with courage, dignity and a loving spirit. Beloved sister, aunt, family member and friend, Susan is survived by brother Bryan C. Birkeland and wife, D.J. of Dallas, Texas; their children Brett Birkeland, Blake Birkeland and Blair Birkeland McDonald and sister, Deborah Birkeland Lindsey and her husband, Jack, of Katy, Texas and numerous cherished extended family members and friends.

Susan was born on January 18, 1961 in Hibbing, Minnesota to parents Peggy and Lionel Birkeland. She graduated cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a BA in English and minors in Theatre and Studio Art. She attained her MA in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy in 1990, from Antioch University in San Francisco. CA. Susan's life was a testament to love, kindness, generosity of spirit, artistic expression and beauty. She was an immensely talented, vibrant and articulate person who lived a life filled with creative expression and contributed to the world as an artist, published poet, playwright and novelist. Susan's career in Drama Therapy spanned 20 years and included contributions to local San Francisco organizations and communications and acting classes. She was a gifted performance artist, events organizer and grant-writer. She served as an insightful personal therapist. She will forever be remembered by family and friends for her irrepressible spirit of joy and love, faithfulness and service to others, independence and determination, abundant creativity and beautiful self-expression and especially for her infectious love of life. Services were held at St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St., San Francisco, CA, on Dec. 1, 2006 at 4 pm, and at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th Street NW, New Brighton, Minnesota on Dec. 16, 2006 at 2 pm.
Family prefers memorials to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer

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