Susan Ptacek, 65, Arlington, Va.

Susan Ptacek died December 12, 2013, at her home in Arlington, Virginia, from complications due to diabetes.

She was born on August 12, 1948, in Webster City, Iowa, to Florence and Dr. J.L. Ptacek. Her beloved Webster City High School served as a foundation for her degree from the University of Iowa and then Northwestern Law School in 1984. She pursued her law career first in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Department of Justice and then practiced law for 35 years at the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. She treasured the friends and colleagues she met along the way.

Susan is survived by her brother, Dr. John Ptacek of Savannah, Georgia, and his wife, Linda Lubbers Ptacek; her sister-in-law, Judy Ptacek Rush, and many nieces and nephews. Susan was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Peter Ptacek.