WRIGHT, SUZANNE GUTERMUTH, was born on October 21, 1927, in Lake Forest, IL, and died peacefully on November 6, 2013, at the age of 86.
She was raised in St. Petersburg, FL. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the University of Kentucky, receiving her degree in 1949. Shortly after graduation, she married William J. Gutermuth and they made their home in Louisville, Kentucky. Following his death in 1987, she married Oscar C. Wright, Jr., and was married to him for 14 years until his death in 2004.
She is survived by a son, William D. Gutermuth, and his wife, Ellen, of Houston, TX, and a daughter, Linda S. Gutermuth, of Orlando, FL. She is also survived by three granddaughters: Catherine Gutermuth of San Francisco, CA, and Alice Gutermuth and Claire Gutermuth, both of Houston, TX.
Suzanne was a person who invested deeply in the lives of those around her, focusing principally on her family but also extending herself to others with whom she came into contact. She was an elementary school substitute teacher in the Jefferson County school system for over 15 years, seeking mostly long-term assignments because she believed she would come to know the students better and have a greater opportunity to be a positive influence on them. She is remembered to this day by some of her former pupils, and nothing would give her greater pleasure than to be reminded by an acquaintance that she had been his teacher for a while. She was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church and lived her faith by serving as a Stephen Minister and participating in regular Bible studies. She also led Bible studies and served Communion at local nursing homes.
Suzanne valued having friends of all ages, and her advice and counsel was sought by members of many generations. She was a member of The Louisville Boat Club for over 50 years and loved the views of the Ohio River from her home overlooking the river.
Suzanne's family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Treyton Oak Towers for their care and support during her time there, as well as to her deeply committed and supporting caregivers, Missy Maeser, Donna Fry, Jessica Morsey, Linda Bell, Sarah Beams and Beverly Daniels.
A celebration of Suzanne's life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church 3701 Old Brownsboro Road with a reception to follow at the church. Arrangements under the direction of Pearson's.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Suzanne's name to the Louisville Deaf Oral School, 115 E. Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY, 40203.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2013
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