2019 UP Chapter of MCUL Person of the Year
Susan Standing: Peninsula Federal Credit Union
Sue and her husband Tom were married for 45 years and together raised one daughter, Kristin.
She was blessed with one granddaughter Carmen, who was her pride and joy. Sue was very
proud of both her daughter and granddaughter and spoke of them often with such joy. Her
mother, Irene spent a lot of time with the Standing family and was an inspiration and positive
influence to them. Sue began her career with Mead Paper Company in March of 1966 and while
working there met her husband Tom. After dedicating 37 years to the Accounting/Payroll
department she retired to spend more time with family and friends. Sue began her service with
Peninsula Federal Credit Union in 1986 by joining the Board of Directors. She was Secretary for
most of her years while serving on the Board. She also served on the Supervisory Committee
beginning in 1987, later becoming chairman in 2000. Sue was a dedicated volunteer, always eager
to learn more about the CU industry and keeping the members top of mind and in her heart.
She fought cancer four times and lost the final battle in August of 2018. Even while receiving
treatments she would rarely miss meetings and was so upbeat you would have never known she was sick.
Sue was a former member of the Escanaba Altrusa Club, which volunteered for many organizations
such as public libraries, Head Start, Bay Pines, Bay College Scholarships and Compassion International.
The club assisted those in need through such organizations as Hope at the Inn, Pregnancy Center of
Delta County, Safe Harbor and the Salvation Army. Being a cancer survivor, Sue was also a former
volunteer of "Women Helping Women" for the Delta County Cancer Alliance. She enjoyed offering
encouragement to other cancer patients and survivors that she visited. After her mother passed away,
Sue stepped into her shoes by serving on the Foster Grandparent Advisory Board from 2012 until her
passing in 2018. The Foster Grandparent organization spoke of the wonderful person and volunteer
Sue was. They stated she never missed a meeting or get together for the organization. Sue’s hobbies were
watching the Packers, spending time with her family and friends and also visiting the local casino.
She could brighten up any room with her smile and enthusiasm. She was an eternal optimist who could
spread joy to anyone she met.
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