Suzanne Claire Klinghammer, 80
Suzanne Claire Klinghammer (née Zsuzsa Vietorisz), age 80, of San Diego, California, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, after a prolonged illness. She was born on July 26, 1932, in Budapest, Hungary, to her parents Joseph and Elizabeth Vietorisz, and emigrated to the United States in 1950.
Suzanne was the second of five daughters. She attended the University of Chicago and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Suzanne married Erich Klinghammer in Chicago, Illinois, on June 14, 1958, and helped him found the Wolf Park, a research and educational facility in Battle Ground, Indiana, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. In 1975, Suzanne received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and opened a private law practice specializing in tax and estate law in Lafayette, Indiana, as one of the first two women attorneys in the area. Throughout the 70's and early 80's, Suzanne taught a course at Purdue University entitled "Legal and Financial Information Every Woman Should Know". She worked as an attorney for 23 years. Upon retirement, she moved to San Diego, California, where she resided for the last 14 years. Suzanne was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Lafayette, Indiana, and later, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in San Diego. She was actively engaged in her community, as well as closely following national and international affairs. A lifelong bridge player, Suzanne also sang in choirs throughout her life, enjoyed road trips throughout the United States and Europe, and was a volunteer for numerous community organizations, always trying to make a difference.
Suzanne will be remembered by her loving child, Kirsten Klinghammer (husband, Sean McDermott). She is also survived by her sisters, Katherine Lack, Eva Nemat-Nasser, and Erika Nadas. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lenke Vietorisz.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral for Suzanne at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 11451 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego, California 92131. Burial will follow at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, California 92121.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to or consider volunteering for the
, or to Suzanne's preferred charities: Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, or the San Diego Foundation.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013