Susan was born in Utica, NY, a daughter of Walter and June (Wengert) Wilczek. She graduated from New York Mills HS, MVCC, and received a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Institute of Technology in 1986. Susan began her career at GE Aerospace. In 1989, she moved with her family to Wake Forest, NC where she held IT roles at GTE, IBM, and most recently was a Sr. Field Engineer with Dell/Pivotal Software.
Susan’s most treasured role was being a mother to her two daughters, Mandy and Carrie Althoff, who she adored. On June 5, 2012 Susan married her loving husband, Daniel Mitchum. They had fun and adventure in their time together and he provided much care, happiness, and support throughout her illness. In January 2015 they adopted their sweet boxer, Bella. In 2016, Susan was blessed with her sweet granddaughter, Reagan June. Susan was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church since 1989 and had served as a catechist. She volunteered as a board member for the Wake Forest and Franklin Academy PTA’s and many other aspects of the Wake Forest community. She mostly enjoyed mentoring middle-school students in the STEM fields. Susan was a sports and fitness enthusiast, including jogging, cycling, hiking, and NCSU athletics. Susan praised God every day for the many blessing in her life, especially her loving family and friends.
Susan is survived by her husband, Daniel, her daughters Mandy and Carrie Althoff; son-in-law Jacob Moultrie; grand-daughter Reagan June Moultrie, of Raleigh; siblings: Walter Wilczek Jr. (Terry), Steven Wilczek (Kathleen), Nancy Crandall (Mike), and Janice and Terry Johnson; God-daughter, Jessica Johnson, and several beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, all of upstate NY; sister-in-law Dene Kinsey (Les) and children Alyssa Kinsey and Jacob Kinsey of SC, also many dear cousins and treasured friends. Susan was predeceased by her parents, June (Wengert) Wilczek and Walter Wilczek, Sr.
Mrs. Mitchum’s funeral will be held on Friday, October 12th at 11:00am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC. Calling hours are 6:00 – 8:00pm Thursday, October 11th at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, NC.
A memorial service will take place at Sacred Heart-St. Mary’s Church in New York Mills, NY at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Susan requested that donations be made in her name to Duke’s Gynecologic Cancers Fund at https://www.gifts.duke.edu/dci?technique_code=CCCWBDNN
Or the Jimmy V Foundation at https://secure3.convio.net/jimmyv/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app30103b?df_id=5755&mfc_pref=T&5755.donation=form1&_ga=2.262212300.1965897121.1539013553-1728261640.1539013553&NONCE_TOKEN=BD72151862C71A82521C22A99737CEF4
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Paula Lee and staff (Alicia, Kim, Becky and Donna) at Duke Gyn Oncology for the years of loving care given to Susan and the support of Transitions Life Care.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811