Joey Van Susteren, age 31, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020. He is mourned by his mother, Tricia Soudil Van Susteren, his siblings Elliot and Kiersten Van Susteren, and a large community of extended family and friends. We loved Joey dearly.
Born in Houston, Joey attended Valley Oaks Elementary School, Cornerstone Middle School, and graduated from Memorial High School in 2006. After graduating, Joey studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. Throughout his life, Joey entertained us with his bold sense of humor, always cracking jokes. He was a lifelong member of the peanut gallery and was able to liven up even the most drab of family dinners.
A creative and compassionate spirit, Joey found joy within music and writing. He appreciated all different genres of music and inspired his family to listen with an open mind. His favorite genre was hip hop because of its literary complexities. This propensity for literature inspired Joey to practice writing for both personal enjoyment, as well as a professional service.
Within his work, Joey also strived to feed his passion of making others happy. His main professional fields of interest were in the food service industry and law. As a food service worker, Joey was employed as a cashier at Sammy's Wild Game & Grill, maS Taco, and Sam's Burgers. He was recognized for his compassionate customer service and welcoming attitude. In the law industry, Joey worked at the Amaro Law Firm, Powers Law Group, and the Law Offices of David J. Van Susteren. Joey used his fluent Spanish speaking skills to serve many Spanish-speaking Houstonians through the process of immigration. His passion for customer service guided him through all of his professional career.
A memorial and celebration of life service will be held in Houston once the COVID-19 quarantine lifts
In lieu of flowers , donations can be made in Joey's name to the Jed Foundation, or to the "In loving memory of Joey Van Susteren" GoFundMe page: http://ow.ly/1kxU30qwBQo