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Susan Joan von Pressentin Rowell

February 24, 1955 - September 16, 2018


Susan Joan von Pressentin Rowell passed on peacefully Sunday, September 16, 2018 with her loving family and siblings present.  She had been battling pancreatic cancer since it was diagnosed in January, 2018.


Susan was loved by many.  She had a warm heart and a quiet strength.  Hard work and striving for perfection was valued.  Family events were always attended and each accomplishment was met with pride.  Susan was able to recognize the admirable traits in people, making them feel special. No one was more loyal to her family and friends and let’s not forget her fierce loyalty to her Beavers and Blazers, as well.  Children were fun just the way they were.  She loved music and dancing.  Good chocolate and strong coffee were a favorite.  A long walk on the beach or a hike in the forest was never time wasted.  She wrote beautiful cards to people.  Cooking was enjoyed most when unrushed.  She savored her meals and loved her food hot, which would often lead to reheating it several times in a sitting.  She was overly humble and apologized too much, but she believed in the ones she loved and brought out the best in them.


She was born in Bremerton, Washington on Feb. 24, 1955 to Bruce and Constance Pressentin.  The family moved often in her early years from Bremerton to Eugene, Oregon, to Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, and eventually settled in Portland in 1965.


Susan went to elementary school at St Therese and attended high school at Mary Crest, before graduating from Reynolds High School in 1973.


Susan attended Oregon State University for a year before she moved to the Seattle area in 1975 working at Riverton Hospital.  A few years later, she took a job at Boeing in Seattle and worked in several organizations within the aerospace company.  While at Boeing, she met her husband, Todd Rowell, and they were wed Aug. 6, 1988.  Susan gave birth to her only child, Chelsea in March of 1992, while living in Bothell.  Susan, Todd, and Chelsea moved to Portland in 1995 where Susan’s mother, all her siblings, and in-laws resided.


Susan worked as the principal’s head secretary at the largest middle school in the state, Sunrise, from 1998 until 2006.  Because she valued education highly, she left Sunrise to pursue her bachelor’s degree, which she received from Portland State University in 2008.  Susan worked for Lifeworks NW as the CEO’s assistant for several years, before joining Rowell Engineering as the financial and office manager.


A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Willamette Valley Country Club, 900 Country Club Place, Canby, OR.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to pancreatic cancer research and support for pancreatic cancer patients at

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time: 01:00 pm

Willamette Valley Country Club


900 Country Club Place
Canby, Oregon 97013

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