Susan Ladyga-Zutter

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Susan Ladyga-Zutter completed her earthly journey and was called to His heavenly rest on Feb. 5, 2013, after a courageous battle with recurring cancer-related illnesses.

Susan was born in Hoboken, N.J., March 20, 1947, the only child of Augustus and Una Cronenberg. After moving with her family to Connecticut, Susan graduated from Waterford High School and later graduated from the University of Connecticut. She went to work for IBM and retired after 20 years of service. At the time of her passing she was employed by Mashantucket Tribal Nation.

Susan is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Martin Zutter, of Vernon, where they made their home. She also leaves the light of her life, her son, Andrew Ladyga, and his wife, Elicia, of Coventry. Sue loved to share family news and stories of Andy as he was growing up. She was proud of her son, his life, his marriage, and his enduring love. Susan, wife and mother, will be greatly missed by family who loved her dearly and will cherish her memory always. Together as a family they enjoyed many happy times. Sue's love for animals and vehicles that moved fast ran in the family. They went boating and jet-skiing and, most recently, Sue bought herself a Corvette. Summer rides, top down, smiling, hair blowing in the wind, Sue would take her friends and family out for a cruise. Sue opened her home to several dogs in need. Her dogs Toto, Bandit, and cat Scooter will miss her, but with Marty, they will find comfort in the days ahead. "Life is a series of left-hand turns" sums up Sue's softball legacy. Sue played softball for decades and had a bat swing that was the envy of her younger teammates. Sue played on several travel tournament teams, many local leagues, and most recently Connecticut Senior Softball. In addition to playing volleyball, her sports legacy includes softball teams from Vernon, Enfield, Willimantic, Stafford, Waterford, and Colchester. Her red cleats, awesome bat, golden glove, and softball advice, will be sorely missed. Sue's Vernon team, sponsored by her son Andy's automotive business, Eagleville Motors, will continue in her memory. Her softball sisters, 40 years in the making, mourn the loss of their friend, but will continue making left-hand turns on the field in her honor.

Her family will receive friends for calling hours on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Susan's final resting place is Valley Falls Cemetery in Vernon, where the tender rays of every sunset will shine on the heart engraved on her headstone.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2013
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