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Susan L James

July 10, 1945 ~ July 20, 2019 (age 74)

Susan L. James, 74, of Avilla, passed away peacefully the morning of July 20, 2019.  She was born on July 10, 1945, in Goshen, to the late Omar and Doris (Chambers) Wuthrich.  She graduated from North Side High School in 1963 and continued her education at Purdue University, becomming an R.N.  She went on to earn her B.S.N at St. Francis University.  She spent the majority of her over 25 year in nursing working in the Emergency Department of St. Joe Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She retired shortly after marrying Russell James on July 25, 1997.  He preceded her in death on March 4, 2018.  The two built their own airplane together, and enjoyed gambling and traveling.  She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Survivors include daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Lime of South Whitley, and Lara (Kenneth) Amstutz of LaOtto, and son, Wade (Colleen) James of Churubusco.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and a brother, Dr. Robert (Jane) Wuthrich of Fort Wayne.  She was preceded also preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Stout.  A celebration of life will be held at 6pm on Thursday July 25, 2019 at Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St,. Avilla.  Family and friends are welcome to gather for a time of remembering from 4pm until 6pm Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials are to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.  To leave a condolence or sign the online guestbook, visit

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