Suzanne Venino

Suzanne Venino of Spring Lake Heights, NJ and formerly of Boulder, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 60 years old. Suzanne enjoyed a career in book, magazine and newspaper publishing, including ten years on staff with the National Geographic Society. As a writer, editor, photographer, picture editor and project manager, she worked for a variety of companies and clients, such as Outside Magazine, the Wilderness Society, Caribbean Travel and Life and Fodor's travel guides. She also was a restaurant reviewer for TravelHost of Denver, a job that many of her friends enjoyed as well. Born on September 5, 1953, Suzanne grew up on the Jersey Shore. She had an idyllic childhood, spending summer days on the beach or building forts along the banks of Wreck Pond. She graduated from Manasquan High School in 1971. She attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA., before transferring to George Washington University in Washington, DC where she graduated with a degree in American Literature in 1976. After graduating from college she worked for National Geographic Society for ten years quickly attaining the position of staff writer in the book division. In 1987 she decided to see the West, settling in the town of Telluride. While in Telluride she was art critic and photographer for the Telluride Times-Journal. She also produced professional theater, published a book on Telluride and did public relations for a number of summer festivals. In 1990 she moved to Boulder, Colorado where she lived for the next 22 years. Suzanne enjoyed the Colorado lifestyle od Skiing, biking, hiking, backpacking and camping. In the spring of 2009, Suzanne was diagnosed with ALS. Two years later, Suzanne and a group of friends held a fundraising party at the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts. As one friend said," When the going gets tough, Suzanne throws a party." The event raised more than $13,000 for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association, which presented Suzanne with its Star Award for raisingthe most money in a single event. Suzanne is survived by her parents, Richard and Sigrid Venino of Sea Girt, NJ, her older brother Ric & his wife Gerri of Sea Girt,NJ, younger brother Mark of Manasquan, NJ her nephew David of Manasquan, NJ and nephew Rick & his wife Lisa of Charlotte, NC and their two daughters, Lainey and Lauren Suzanne. Suzanne always enjoyed traveling and plans to travel still. Her urn will be interred in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle, with some ashes being scattered in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indean Peaks Wilderness in Colorado and some along Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a place she always wanted to visit. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced at a later date. The Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street in Manasquan, NJ is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit

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Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 14, 2013