Susan Marie Lefever

FORD RIVER – Susan Marie Lefever, 65, of Ford River went gracefully and peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 29, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Escanaba, and was the daughter of Charles “Chuck” and Gloria (Birch) Buntjer. Susan graduated from Rapid River High School in 1966 and then worked as a nurse’s aide in Hermansville.

The former Susan Buntjer married Leonard Luchay in 1967 and they lived in Perronville until they moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1976. In 1978 Susan married Don Lefever and moved to Gladstone in 1986. She then worked as a waitress at the Dew Drop Caf for 16 years and then worked at Northwoods in home care until her retirement because of health reasons.

Susan was a member of the Ford River Community Chapel and she enjoyed music, dancing, cooking, fishing and vacationing in Florida. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. Susan was a social butterfly and love to care for and hold babies.

Susan Marie Lefever is survived by daughters, Lisa (Ryan) Hammerberg of Ford River, Kristen Luchay (finance, Jamie LaFave) of Escanaba; sons, Brad (Cassie) Luchay of Clio, Mich., Don (Nicole) Lefever of Chesterfield, Mich.; grandchildren, Amber, Conner, Bailey, Caden, Abbie, Kasi and Jake; sisters, Sandy Peters of Milwaukee, Dana Raspor of Gladstone, Nikki Herbest of Iowa City, Iowa; brothers, Tony Kuchan of Rapid River, Brian Kuchan of Rapid River; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Jeff Kuchan and Mike Wunder; brothers-in-law, Ed Peters and Ken Raspor; special friends, Lee Pennington and Richard “Tiny” Carlson.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Ford River Community Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Susan Marie Lefever will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday with Paster Ben Fox and Pastor Jay Gilchrist officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall.

The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at