Jill Marie Suhr Casey

Born in Kewanee, IL on December 13, 1968

Departed on September 7, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Jill Marie Suhr Casey fought the fight, ran the race, and crossed the finish line early in the morning of Wednesday, September 7, 2016. With her life’s mission accomplished, Jill completed her battle with cervical cancer after courageously fighting for two and a half years, and she passed peacefully from this life to the next.

Born in Kewanee, IL on December 13, 1968 to James and Margaret Suhr, Jill was formed into a beautiful woman graced with many wonderful qualities. She will certainly live on in our memories as a leader whose strength, courage, and discipline drove her to realize just about any aspiration. It was in this way that Jill came to be known as “the finisher,” she didn’t merely talk about things, she did them. Every aspect of her life was approached with an undying dedication and we all experienced her ability to give this life the maximum. There was nothing in her that could undertake a role or a task in a half-hearted manner. Her dedication and devotion was ever-present to her family.

Her legacy as a faithful, loving, caring, compassionate, wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend impacted us all in the most encouraging of ways. According to Kevin, “She was the best sister a brother could have.” As a wife, Jill, though not a uniform-wearing member of the United States Army, was as dedicated to the defense of her nation’s freedom as her husband who rose through the ranks during his military career. She maintained her family during multiple combat deployments and relocations over the years. As a mother, she was involved and interested in her children’s lives and her support was truly tangible. Always present for John Robert and Jamie’s school-related and extracurricular activities, Jill was a stellar mom.

In fact, all of the decisions she made were with her children in mind. Jill was proud of every member of her family, but perhaps, most proud of her two children. Maintaining John Robert and Jamie’s enrollment in a DoDEA School was of utmost importance to her. We know that Jill was looking forward to all the many achievements which are on the horizon for John Robert and Jamie. John Robert will be graduating from Ramstein High School at the conclusion of the school year and moving on to his studies of business and economics in higher education state-side. Jamie will be finishing her middle school career at Ramstein Middle School and entering high school studies state-side where she’s sure to continue her record of excellence in swimming.

While battling cervical cancer, Jill made many decisions which allowed her family to live as normally as possible. Her poise and self-sacrificing love were examples for us all. Her husband recalls, “Despite her ongoing battle with cancer she managed to maintain her routine which included daily visits to her house of worship, the fitness center, where she cleared her mind and pushed her body.” Somehow she managed to enjoy life just as she had before the diagnosis.

Having earned her Master’s Degree, Jill was extremely intelligent; she was a world traveler, an adventure seeker, a wine connoisseur, and a fitness guru. Her smarts allowed her to own and operate two of her own businesses, Fitness Consulting Services (FitCon) and Military Career Coach. Both ventures were successful and well respected for their contributions respectively. An exercise VHS entitled “Make the Most of It with Jill Casey” was one of the several fitness videos she created. Ironically, that title captures Jill’s very essence, making the most of it all! She traveled extensively to many destinations that most of us only see in films or read about. In her spare time, which she didn’t have much of; she was a wine enthusiast who had acquired a taste for a good bottle of German Riesling Spätlese or an Italian Moscato.

In her last days Jill wrote in her diary, “I loved my family more than words can convey and was so blessed to have so many people (family and friends) who loved me. I was a fierce mother and a committed military spouse. I was blessed with a 25 year marriage to an amazing husband. Our relationship will transcend this earth. I loved that I was able to help so many service members over the years.”

Some of Jill’s fondest memories include walking barefoot on Hawaiian beaches. She will forever be barefoot with the sands of Ko Olina Beach between her toes.

No arrangement of words could accurately describe how much she meant to us or how much she will be missed, but this text was an attempt at illustrating a very rich life which was lived fully to the very last breath.

Jill leaves behind her loving and faithful husband of twenty-five years, Lt. Col. John Joseph Casey III; son, John Robert Casey; daughter, Jamisen Margaret Casey; parents, James and Margaret Suhr; brother, Kevin (Cara) Suhr; mother-in-law, Linda Diane Casey; brother-in-law, Danial (Justin) Casey; sister-in-law, Shannon Green; niece, Jordan Marie Suhr; nephews, Alex, Austin, and Nathan Green, and Hunter and Carson Casey; and countless treasured friends from around the globe.

In lieu of flowers, it was Jill’s desire for donations to be made to Fisher House Foundation at https://donate.fisherhouse.org. Please be sure to click on the “This donation is a tribute” tab and note the specifics of your memorial donation.

The entire Casey and Suhr Families are deeply grateful for all of the staff members at Alive Hospice who graced them with tremendous care and compassion.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A Celebration of Jill’s Life will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 commencing at 10:30 a.m. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 hendersonvillefh.com 615-824-3855. Interment will follow the Life Celebration at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

45 Comments to Jill Marie Suhr Casey

  1. Shannon Green
    September 9, 2016 12:29 am

    Seeing your name here is still very unreal. Its like a bad dream. You were such a wonderful woman…. Mother…. Wife and friend. You will be forever missed Jill and NEVER forgotten. I know you are watching over everyone now. Please dont forget to send your loved one signs that you are still with them. We will always miss and love you.

  2. Cindy Goenen
    September 11, 2016 12:51 pm

    Much love Casey and Suhr families!

  3. Stephanie LeClair
    September 11, 2016 1:17 pm

    OH, Jill, this is so hard! You were an amazing woman all around! You were always so positive and driven and passed those wonderful traits down to your beautiful children. I know you fought a hard battle and the strength you and your family have is incredible. I am blessed for having known you. Know that you have done a fantastic job with your children (and husband) who will definitely make their mark on the world! You will be missed!

  4. Jamie Casey
    September 11, 2016 1:50 pm

    You’re love and strength is something I will always look up to. I know you will still always with me and I hope I can make you proud. I love you so much momma.

  5. Sandra Veit
    September 11, 2016 2:58 pm

    It was a privilege and honor to know Jill and I will never forget her fighting spirit and her deep love for her family. She was a true warrior, in every sense of the word, and the world is a better place because she was in it. Love and prayers to the whole family.

  6. Kimberly Henne
    September 11, 2016 3:04 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for Jill, John, and the kids. You were a mentor, colleague and a friend when I needed one most. I am forever in your debt. You will be missed. Your suffering is over and you were called home. Rest in peace, my friend.

  7. Marcy Misch
    September 11, 2016 5:14 pm

    Jill was in my younger brother, Kris Appell’s class in elementary school and my heart is heavy from the loss of this amazing woman . My love and sympathy to the Suhr and Casey families.

  8. Kimberly Armstrong
    September 11, 2016 6:33 pm

    Jill – I only knew you for a short time when we were in Italy but I was so impressed with your knowledge, poise, and love that you had for your family. John – my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I know that the last couple of years have been agonizing and my heart breaks for the pain that you are all feeling. Jill was a beautiful and strong woman and you both raised amazing children. May God put his arms around you today and forever and know that one day you will all be reunited.

  9. Mayra carpenter
    September 11, 2016 7:44 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers for the Casey family. May God sustain you and bless your family. With our deepest sympathy Bill & Mayra Carpenter

  10. Emesh Fernando - Former Ramstein HS Coach
    September 11, 2016 8:29 pm

    I will always remember your advice to me, the respect and trust you had in me to lead your Son as his Coach, and the support you gave us. You are an inspiration to never stop fighting the good fight. I still cannot believe the news, you will never be forgotten Mrs. Casey. God Bless.

  11. Jeff Salzman
    September 11, 2016 9:04 pm

    Jill and I were friends back in school at Elkton. Very saddened to hear this. Deepest sympathies to Jill’s family and friends.

  12. Lee and Jenny Brown
    September 11, 2016 9:11 pm

    Jay, John Robert & Jamie you are in our prayers! Jill was my friend and my mentor in fitness. We love y’all!

  13. Conoly Sullivan
    September 11, 2016 9:51 pm

    Jill was a wife and mother that we could all strive to be more like. She was the 212th CSH commander’s wife when I was with the CSH in Germany. It was personally a struggle for me due to experiencing my husband’s third deployment, but like a strong Army wife does, she lifted me up and helped me keep going. She led by example not only personally, but professionally. It was an honor to know such an incredible woman and I am very grateful for having her in my life during that time. We will all meet up eventually Jill. I am sure you are getting everyone in heaven into much better shape right now!

  14. Becky Tucker
    September 11, 2016 10:23 pm

    So sorry to hear. Prayers for the family during this difficult and trying time. The good Lord has her in His arms now and she is resting peacefully without pain. My condolences to the family.

  15. Gwenda Gullickson
    September 11, 2016 10:45 pm

    My prayers and sympathy are with you all.

  16. Sandra and Kyle Elenkiwich
    September 11, 2016 10:57 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Jill’s death. We want you to know we are keeping you in our prayers and thoughts. God’s blessings on all of you as you journey through this time of loss and sorrow.

  17. Judy & Dave Pulscher , Flandreau, Sd
    September 11, 2016 10:58 pm

    Margaret & Jim, Our most sincere sympathy to the Casey & Suhr families. You are all in our thoughts and prayers,

  18. Jon, Brook, Camden, & Austin Coffman
    September 12, 2016 10:33 am

    We are so saddened for your loss and are praying for all of you during this extremely hard time. I will always remember Jill’s strength, courage, tenacity, and grace during this entire process. She is such an inspiration and I am grateful to have known her even if we had not seen each other in years. What an amazing angel she will be. Love to you all.

  19. Kris and Dave Johnson
    September 12, 2016 12:10 pm

    We are so sorry to all the families in your loss of Jill. Prayers for you are sent.

  20. Kristin Agresta
    September 12, 2016 1:13 pm

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Tanya McCormick
    September 12, 2016 2:19 pm

    Jill fought the hardest of anyone I’ve ever seen. When Jill first told me of her terminal diagnosis, I just couldn’t believe it. I never thought this day would come. John and Jamie you have made your mom so proud. I know she took so much pleasure in your accomplishments. I’m sure she’ll be around to guide you in subtle ways that will only have meaning to you. At these moments, you’ll be so touched and think of her and it will bring a smile to your face. Take comfort in all the wonderful comments from us that knew your mom.

  22. Marianne & Greg Kramer
    September 12, 2016 5:41 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Lisa Hamlin
    September 12, 2016 6:00 pm

    Jill touched the lives of many people in many countries. Her passion for fitness made dreams come true for thousands of people all over the world. I am so very fortunate that I had the opportunity to know Jill and travel to many countries with her. We had some good times, funny times and sad times. She will be missed and remembered by many people. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and children.

  24. Jack Collins and Nancy Hughes
    September 12, 2016 7:07 pm

    John, John, and Jamie, we are so saddened by the news that Jill had died. Yet, we are so grateful to have known her and see what a tremendous wife, mother, and Army spouse she was. We’ll never forget our few short years together in Germany. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I hope your Angel will look down and watch over all of us. Hugs

  25. Justin Casey
    September 12, 2016 7:25 pm

    My heart breaks for those you left behind Jill. You are such a positive, determined and inspiring individual. You instilled all of those qualities and many more in both John and Jamie. You are all in my prayers. You lived a beautiful life Jill!! You really did! And you made such a positive impact on so many people…all over the world! You will not be forgotten. God Bless, I know you’re in a better place now keeping a very close eye on your family. ?

  26. Darla & Rich ( Winkelman-Smith) Strande
    September 12, 2016 8:41 pm

    Jim,Margaret and Jill’s family,

    I never had the opportunity to know Jill, but as I read the tributes from her friends and loved ones she touched many lives during her life time. I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  27. Roger and Vicki Schmidt
    September 12, 2016 11:54 pm

    Jim and Margaret our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  28. Michelle Linza
    September 13, 2016 3:41 pm

    I met Jill in Ramstein area 2 yrs ago. She was my AFAA PT certifier, she made sure I passed exam.She was so kind & passionate about fitness.prayers for her & her family. God Bless the Casey family.

  29. Hon. John Ryan Pekas
    September 13, 2016 5:19 pm

    I was dismayed to read Jill’s obituary today. I debated L-D against Jill during our senior year of high school in 1986-1987. I would see Jill every weekend at the various debate tournaments. I debated for Sioux Falls Lincoln and she was from Elkton. I was good but Jill was better. She was brilliant, artful, and compelling. She made me a better debater, which made me a better lawyer, and now makes me a better Judge. I am very sorry for your loss.

  30. Ret 1SG Jerry Swick
    September 13, 2016 7:16 pm

    RIP Mrs. Casey , thank you for all that gave to this world. “For the Lord said, your work is done it’s time to come home”. God Bless

  31. Jasmine
    September 13, 2016 7:18 pm

    Your spirit will live on forever, Jill! My life was so much more vibrant because you were in it. I continue to be impressed by your strength, wisdom, kindness and sense of humor. It feels so foreign talking about you in the past tense. You will be forever missed! Thankful I was fortunate enough to call you my friend.

  32. Jeff Dobesh
    September 13, 2016 7:58 pm

    Jill and I were speech and debate nerds back in the day at Elkton High. She was the best debater in the area and in the state. My deepest sympathies and prayers for the Casey’s and the Suhr’s.

  33. Dean and Susan Baumberger
    September 13, 2016 8:07 pm

    Suhr and Casey Families. We are very sorry to learn of Jill’s death. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May she rest now in the Heaven with our savior Jesus Christ. We enjoyed watching the video tribute to Jill’s life, what a wonderful person she was and what an example she was for others to follow.

  34. Carma & Martin Ryan
    September 14, 2016 4:02 pm

    John Robert & Jamie,
    I’ve never met you, but I feel like I know you from all the wonderful stories your Mom shared with me during her visits to Walter Reed.
    I am sure this is a really difficult time for you all, but please know that your Mom is still with you, she will always be a part of you. Through the years there will be times when you will say things she would say or talk with your hands as well as your voice & you will feel her there with you! I hope that gives you some small measure of comfort.
    Everyone’s loves your Mom very much & we will always be there for you & your Dad- all over the world.

  35. sharon scheef-wilkinson
    September 14, 2016 4:22 pm

    Justin, Dan and boys, Linda Casey, and all blessed to know this lovely, brave fighter, my love and my prayers it is a brave fight indeed, requiring the strongest of warriors. Love, love, love and peaceful days and nights. I am so sorry.

  36. Jackie DeZeeuw Rippert
    September 14, 2016 5:02 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the Suhr and Casey family. Jill and I went to EHS together and I always enjoyed hearing of her adventures when she came to our class reunions.

  37. Jackie Haggar Tuschen
    September 15, 2016 12:30 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Jill. We have such fond memories of our times with her here at Avera McKennan. Please know our hearts are filled with prayers for you all and our memories are treasures. She was a fighter and I am sure to the very end. John and Margaret, I would love to hear from you sometime in the future. Please know we are thinking of you. All of us instructors who mentored and then learned so much from her are sincerely heart broken. We loved her so much.

  38. William and Marilyn Clerkin
    September 15, 2016 12:30 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Jill was a loving and kind woman who will be sorely missed. If you were lucky enough to have known her, you were lucky enough. May God bless the Casey family today and always.

  39. Jim and Sun Mundy
    September 15, 2016 10:12 pm

    John and family,

    Jill was the best of the best! All of our love to you and the kids.

    Jill was such a beautiful person.

  40. Meg O'Grady
    September 16, 2016 2:01 pm

    John – my thoughts and prayers are with you, John and Jamie. Jill was a wonderful friend, mentor and teacher to me in our early tears in Germany and Fort Hood. She impacted so many lives and will be missed around the world.

  41. Whitney Eng
    September 16, 2016 3:15 pm

    John and family,

    It was such a pleasure getting to know you both in Germany thru the 212th CSH. I remember when I walked in to LTC Casey’s office and saw all those Starbucks cups and thought wow all the places you have been, I want to be like that couple! The memories you made in 25 years is more than most make in a lifetime. It was apparent from the first time I met Jill she was an incredible military spouse. May your faith pull you through the hard days and continue to find laughter reminiscing on good times. Rest in peace Jill.

    • John Casey
      September 18, 2016 3:46 pm

      Thanks Whitney,

      We loved working with you in Germany and have both thought of you often after we left. We hope you two are doing well and continuing to travel. I displayed the photo of the four of us at the castle at the service. Please feel free to friend me on Facebook and pass this news along to anyone who we worked with at the CSH who might night know the news.

  42. Mary J Fleming
    September 19, 2016 3:30 pm

    I just read that Jill and I share the Dec 13 birth date. I will say an extra prayer for her on that day.

  43. karen ahlgren
    October 23, 2016 4:14 pm

    Dear Margie,
    Having received your friend request, I see that you and Jim lost your beautiful daughter Jill. Though I didn’t know her, she obviously was a wonderful young woman. Having a daughter of my own, I can only imagine how heartbroken you must be. Please accept my sincere sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you.
    Love, Karen

  44. Mike Calta
    December 28, 2017 10:15 pm

    I know this is late, but I am very sorry for your loss! Jill helped me transition out of the Air Force after 25 years by crafting my first resume – which I still use today! She emailed me from Germany when I was in Florida to let me know about a job fair that I ended up going to. Because of her tip about the job fair, I found my first job after the military. If more people were like her, the world would be a better place. Once again, I am very sorry for your loss…God Bless.

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