MOUNT HOREB—I, Susan Jane Docken (Baker) was born on June 29, 1955, at Madison General Hospital (now Meriter). I was the first born of triplet daughters to Elmer and Norma Baker (Fosshage) of Mount Horeb. My triplet sister, Sally Faust of Colorado survives me and I am now reunited with my triplet sister, Sonia Hustad who predeceased me in 1992 due to breast cancer metastasis. I am also survived by siblings Cindy (Chris) Hanson of Mount Horeb, Julie (Bryan) McVeigh of Michigan, and AJ Baker (Karin McRoberts) of Janesville. I am survived by my nieces and nephews, Patrick and Samantha McVeigh, Stephen and Paul Faust, Crystal Davis; Sara Hendrickson, Brenda Schmitt, Tony Hustad, Matthew and Michael Mani and Jennifer Neumaier, and their spouses and children.
I died on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at age 62 after living seven years with metastatic breast cancer. I was surrounded in the arms and love of my family and friends. Many obits say about cancer patients that they died “after struggling, after a courageous battle, after a brave fight” but I would like you to know that I died after LIVING with this disease daily, its symptoms, and treatment side effects for the past 27 years. I will not tell you that it was easy but it is what I did day to day. I can’t say that I didn’t struggle with pain and treatments and I was not always brave or courageous but I fought for every day to remain on this earth with my family and friends. With the help of my friends and family, co-workers, medical staff, pharmacists, and the Grace of God I lived with this disease. God now has decided that he needs me more than you do and I no longer need to live with this. I want you all to know that I love you and thank you all for everything you have done for me.
I am a lifetime member of Springdale Lutheran Church and I was baptized, confirmed, and married there and now this will be my final resting place. I was married to Randy Docken from Mount Horeb but we were divorced after 24 years of marriage. From this marriage our two precious children, Peter (1984) and Jessica (1989) were born. I was honored and blessed to be their mom and it was for them that I continued to fight and live with this disease. Jessica helped me in so many ways and was my primary care giver. I cannot thank you enough Jessica for being here when I needed you. You are a special daughter and you know I love you with all of my heart and being. I was blessed and grateful that I lived to see my son, Peter marry his wife, Tanya (Reisdorf) in 2014 and now to be a grandma to their daughter, Madysen, born Aug. 15, 2016. How special it has been to be her grandma. Please know that I loved all of you with every ounce of me.
I have been active in church functions and Mount Horeb Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. I graduated from Springdale 4-H Club where my Grandma Mildred Baker had been a leader for 40 years. I graduated from Mount Horeb High School class of 1973. I have always enjoyed watching and cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers and the Packers.
I graduated from Madison General Hospital School of Nursing (now Meriter) in 1976. I started my RN career at Reedsburg Area Medical Center/Hospital in 1976 and worked there through 1978. I worked at Ingleside Nursing Home in Mount Horeb from 1979-1984. I have been employed by UW Medical Foundation at the UW Health Mount Horeb Medical Clinic since 1986, having retired from UWMF on Oct. 7, 2016, after 30 years of service with this organization and a 40 year career in nursing.
I need to especially thank Dr. Michael Huie of the UW Carbone Cancer Center who was my oncologist for over 10 years. He gave me more years of life than I expected due to his expertise and vast array of knowledge and treatments of my breast and metastatic cancer. You are awesome Dr. Huie. Thank you for taking care of me and my family and always asking what my wishes were in regard to treatment and this disease and then our collaboration to come up with a plan.
To my co-workers past and present at UW Health Mount Horeb and to Jeannie, my best friend, thank you for all of the hugs, food, visits, phone calls, and love you expressed and showed to me. You are all special people and there are no words to express my love and appreciation to all of you.
Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at the SPRINGDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH with food and fellowship to follow. My Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at the ELLESTAD CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, and from 12:30 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. on Sunday at SPRINGDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH. In lieu of plants or flowers and if desired memorial donations may be made to Springdale Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb Relay for Life, or a college fund in care of Peter Docken, for my granddaughter, Madysen. Please keep fighting to find a cure! Love to you all!