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Obituary for Susan J. Kirkland

Sister of Jonathan Kirkland and Daughter of the late Richard Kirkland, Past Owners of Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home

Susan J. Kirkland, 61, of Cadiz, Ohio, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, died Saturday, April 15, 2023 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.  She was born May 21,1961 in Cambridge, Ohio, daughter of the late Richard L. and Alma McCoy Kirkland. 

Susan was a graduate of Cadiz High School and The Ohio State University.  She was a retired Manager of Grade Crossing Programs for the Ohio Rail Development Commission, a field in which she continued to consult.  In her retirement she became a Tupperware representative.  Susan was most comfortable while entertaining others.  She was not just a cook, but a chef, having studied cooking and baking throughout the world while on travels with her daughter.  She was a lover of animals, and rescued and fostered many dogs.  A generous soul, she shared her resources, time, and, in death, even her kidneys so that people could enjoy better lives.

Surviving are her daughter, Lauren Sullivan Kirkland of Atlanta, Georgia; a brother, Jonathan Kirkland (Nancy) of Cadiz; a nephew, Andrew Kirkland (Kaitlin Schlotfelt) of Iowa City, Iowa; a niece, Carolyn Kirkland (Joseph Jacobs) of New York City; a grandniece, Emma Kate Schlotfelt Kirkland; her life-long best friend, Joddi Giacobbi (Lynn McCann) of Westerville, Ohio; and many other faithful friends.

Friends may call Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, 172 South Main Street, Cadiz, Ohio 43907. Rev. Erica Harley will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Harrison County, P.O. Box 404, Cadiz, OH 43907.  Online condolences may be made at

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