PRINZO, Susanna "Susy"
May 29, 1960 – April 11, 2013
Peacefully, demonstrating her usual grace and selflessness, surrounded by her loving family at home on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at the age of 52 years. Beloved wife of Antonio "Tony" Prinzo, precious mother of Carmela, Nadia (John Stephens), and Giacomo. Cherished daughter of Clara Vogrig and the late Joe Vogrig. Treasured sister of Isabel Cheney and Anthony Vogrig (Sandra). She will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, godchildren, family and friends in both Canada and Italy.
If you had been blessed with the opportunity to know our mom, you could not help but love her. Born in Ottawa to northern Italian parents, she was the ideal daughter; loving, respectful, responsible and studious. She loved creative writing and excelling at school, and with a stunning height of 5'11", she was a talented basketball player and athlete. Susy dreamt of one day being a mother and working as an accountant. Her dreams would be fulfilled sooner than she expected after meeting her soul mate, Tony, at 17 years old. Six months later, they were married and began their journey together, dedicating their lives to their children whom they adored and working tirelessly to build a successful, well- respected business, Prinzo Fine Catering.
It is no exaggeration to describe Susy as the perfect mom and wife. Her exquisite inner beauty and light shone through as outer beauty. Often likened to Princess Diana, Susy was tall, slim, with beautiful hair; she was elegant, classic, graceful, and always humble. She had a wonderful silly side and sense of humour, and an easy, bubbly laugh. Spending time with Susy was like coming home; she made you feel comfortable and cared for. Among all of her special gifts, her selflessness was second to none. Even during her final days, she was always more concerned about ensuring her family and friends had eaten and had everything they needed before taking care of her own needs. Susy was a role model to her family and friends alike: she was forgiving, empathetic, kind and generous. Despite the many challenges, pain and fear that cancer brought to her life, rather than complaining or carrying bitterness and anger, Mom taught us to trust in God's plan, to love and support one another, to appreciate the simple pleasures, and to be strong. Thank you Susy, we will remember you always.
Friends paid respects at
Kelly Funeral Home, Somerset Chapel
585 Somerset St. W. Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 5K1 (613)235-6712
On Tuesday, April 16th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral on Wednesday to St. Anthony's Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11:30 a.m. Entombment at Capital Memorial Gardens. Online tributes and condolences may be made at
www.ottawacitizen.com or www.kellyfh.ca
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Susy, please consider the Susanna Prinzo Memorial Fund at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation at 613-247-3527 or online at www.ottawacancer.ca
A mass recognizing one month since Susy's passing will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Friday, May 10th at 7 p.m. Thank you, Mom, for being our angel and for loving us from Heaven as you did on Earth! Happy Mother's Day; you are awesome. Loving appreciation to those who have supported us with tender care, words of encouragement, donations, flowers and our favourite foods, as well as the special health care providers that accompanied us with compassion and kindness on this journey, especially, Gini Jarvis, Dr. Coulombe, Audrey, Michelle, and the amazing nurses and staff at the chemo and radiation units at the General Hospital.
Peace and love, Tony, Carmela, Nadia & John, Giacomo & Jessica, and Nonna Clara
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Apr. 13 to Apr. 17, 2013