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Wicker Park Loses Shining Star

Gold Star BarPhoto via Gold Star Bar.

It is with great sadness that we report, Susan Stursberg, co-owner of Wicker Park's Gold Star Bar (1755 W. Division Street) lost her battle with cancer today. Susan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer just this Spring and a number of neighborhood fundraisers had been held over the past several months to help with her care and medical expenses.


Her husband of 20 years, Ian Tuggle, published the following statement:

There aren’t any words that I can think of that do justice to the sense of loss we are feeling right now. This morning my wife Susan Stursberg passed away due to cancer. She was at home where she wanted to be, and it was very peaceful.

We met at the Gold Star in 1992, became good friends over time and became a couple in 1994. Every moment that I was able to spend with her for twenty years was wonderful and I didn’t get enough of them. Ian Tuggle


Susan was a warm, caring and friendly long-time member of the Wicker Park community and she will be greatly missed.

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