Sue Schachner

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Sue Schachner Saratoga SpringsSue Schachner passed away peacefully and quietly on a sunny spring day at Maplewood Manor, April 8, 2013. She was surrounded with caring and loving people and hands. One month and five days before on March 3, 2013, Sue had celebrated her 100th birthday with a 100 Trips Around the Sun party at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga with family and friends. She had the grandest of times as did everyone else. Mayor Scott T. Johnson proclaimed March 3, 2013 as Sue Schachner Day in Saratoga Springs, and she had also received birthday greetings from President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, for having reached this extraordinary milestone acknowledging the past century that saw her generation had shown the courage to persevere through depression and war. Birthday wishes for this special day were also sent by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. Sue was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Porter and Sadie Lozowick. She settled in California as a very young child, later living in the northeast. She married George Schachner, March 4, 1934, and was married to him for 52 years before his death in 1986. They raised their family in Brooklyn, Nyack, and Staten Island, NY. Before moving to Maplewood Manor in 2005, to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Lenise and Michael Dolen, Saratoga residents, she had lived in Westchester County. Through all the adversity of her life, her mental health problems and physical frailties, she came forth with a dedicated zest for life, and she was a totally life giving person when she was not ill. Sue was, to a fault, kind and forgiving and had the capacity verbally and vocally to make everyone around her feel wanted and good about themselves. She was passionate about her love for her two children, Lenise Dolen and her husband, Michael, and her son, Leonard Schachner and his wife, Elaine who live in New Jersey. She felt and expressed the same for her three grandchildren, Stacey Dolen, Eric Dolen, Wendy Hutter, and their loving spouses, Martin Ingram, Mary Martin Ross Dolen, and Rodney Hutter. She looked at everyone's pictures daily and frequently called them in Ohio, New Jersey, and New York City, along with her five great-grandchildren, Samuel Dolen, Hannah Dolen, Jacqueline Ingram, Kyle Hutter and Kira Hutter. Sue reveled as well in her love and deep affection, through her history along with updated photos and information, for her nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and newest great-great 68 day old nephew, Gabriel Max, who came to celebrate at the National Museum for Dance party. Her attention and affection extended through to her daughter's and son-in-law's dear friends, who were part of Sue's life for almost half a century, and close recent friends she felt so fortunate to make and have. The last eight years of Sue's life, as a resident of Maplewood Manor, were richly filled with involvement by story, phone, cards, letters, numerous photos, visits to Manhattan, lunches in Ballston Spa and in Saratoga Springs, attendance at all types of religious services and programs. She was fond of saying You never can get enough blessings. In the greatest of measures, the nurses, nurses' aides, social workers, physicians, physical therapy specialists, in particular, and all who worked there, in general, provided the most caring, loving and consistent attention, on such a personal level that, I believe, accounted for Sue thriving as she did. All of her comings and goings made a life that was vigorous and vocal, and filled with a focus on laughter, involvement and engagement. Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020, Unit B1, Activities Fund in memory of Sue Schachner. Sue Schachner is part of the American story of aging and she will be very much missed.

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 28, 2013
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