Suzanne Lee (Bray) Akerman
03/17/1956 - 10/06/2021
Suzanne Lee (Bray) Akerman lost her battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), at the age of 65 on October, 6, 2021, at Essentia Health Duluth-Miller Dwan in Duluth, Minnesota.
Suzanne was born March 17, 1956, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to Byron Floyd and Carolyn (Waltanen) Bray. She grew up on the Waltanen homestead in Cherry Township, Iron, Minnesota.
She graduated from Cherry High School in Iron, Minnesota in 1974.
Suzanne furthered her education at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota and The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, receiving a degree as a registered nurse, which was helpful as a loving caregiver for family members.
On Aug. 19, 1995, she married Don Akerman. They resided in Zim, Minnesota. After being diagnosed with ALS, Don became her primary in-home caregiver.
Suzanne had a gift and a passion for her flower gardens, knowing the names and locations of all the plants. She had a desire to keep learning about everything, including electronic gadgets. Suzanne had a love for and a knowledge of classical music. She was intelligent, curious, kindhearted, beautiful inside and out, and always willing to help. She was known as a sweet and quiet spirit and was blessed with a loving family. Suzanne touched the hearts of everyone who knew her. Suzanne was a very important part of her younger sister Cynthia’s life, especially during Cynthia’s battle with ALS.
Most importantly, Suzanne placed her faith and confidence in the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross on her behalf. Suzanne knew without a shadow of a doubt that she would pass into the arms of her Savior forever, spending eternity in heaven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Carolyn; brother, Byron Robert; and sister, Cynthia (Bray) Parkman.
She is survived by her loving husband of 26 years Don Akerman of Zim, Minnesota; son, Jordan Baker of Zim, Minnesota; nephews: Ted Parkman of Reno, Nevada, Tom Parkman of Sacramento, California, Nathan (Colleen) Bray of Iron, Minnesota; niece, Elizabeth (Jack) Martinez of Oceanside, California; father-in-law, Wayne Akerman of Iron, Minnesota; sisters-in-law: Bev Akerman of Burnsville, Minnesota, Sue (Ron) Warner of Ankeny, Iowa; brothers in-law: Bob (Pam) Akerman of Zimmerman, Minnesota, Dennis (Robin) Akerman of Pahrump, Nevada, James (Faye) Akerman of Virginia, Minnesota; and special family friend, Irene Baker of Buhl, Minnesota.
A special thank you to all of Suzanne’s providers and caregivers at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, and Essentia Health Duluth-Miller Dwan in her final days. A very special thank you to Dr. Amber Erickson and all her colleagues over the past few months and to the ALS Association for all its support.
Suzanne is sadly missed by all her family and friends.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.