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Softball mourns tragic loss

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sue Candrea, 48, wife of University of Arizona and USA Softball Olympic team head coach Mike Candrea, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning due to extreme complications caused by a brain aneurysm. Sue was traveling with Coach Candrea and the USA Softball Women’s National Team in Stevens Point, WI, when she became ill.

The softball community across the nation wept on Sunday as the news of Sue’s passing spread. Mother of Mikel, 24, and Michelle, 21, Sue was a devoted wife, companion, caring mother, and treasured friend to all she met.

“Sue was truly a cherished individual whose love and support of her family and softball touched all she met,” USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham said. “Her loss is a tragic one and comes as a shock to all. We ask that during this difficult time to reach out and focus your thoughts and prayers on Mike, Mikel, Michelle and the entire Candrea Family.”

July 22 – Thursday - Visitation: 5-7 p.m. at the St. Anthony Catholic Cathedral
Rosary Service from 7-8 p.m. at
St. Anthony Catholic Cathedral
201 N. Picacho St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85222

July 23 – Friday – Funeral Services: 10 a.m.
St. Augustine Cathedral – Tucson, AZ
192 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

July 24 – Saturday – Private Family Burial

Flowers can be sent to:
Cole & Maud Mortuary
215 South Washington Street
Casa Grande, Arizona 85222-4841
520-836-8041

A Sue Candrea Memorial Endowment Fund has also been established at the University of Arizona. Donations can be sent to:

University of Arizona Athletic Department
McKale Memorial Center
1 National Championship Drive
Tucson, AZ 85720.

Cards for the Candrea Family can be mailed to the Candrea Family c/o USA Softball National Team Department 2801 NE 50th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the Candrea family can forward an email to Candrea Condolences. Cards can be mailed to the USA Softball National Office at 2801 NE 50th Street in Oklahoma City and will be passed along to the family.

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