November 2, 2012
Capella Education Company lost an important part of our family last Saturday when Sue VanderHeyden passed away from an almost year-and-a-half long battle with colon cancer. Sue was in charge of organizational effectiveness at Capella and she made us a better place to work. More importantly, Sue was a special personality with a huge heart and a beautiful family.
At her funeral today, members of the Capella family past and present gathered to celebrate Sue’s life and all those she touched. Sally Chial, Capella’s Senior Vice President-Human Resources, gave an absolutely touching tribute. Sue will always have a special place in our heart.
Sue’s sister gave us all comfort with the words of an old Irish blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
We’ll miss Sue and do our best to live up to the example she set.