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Suzanne Geller


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Suzanne Geller Obituary
Suzanne Geller, 86, passed away August 4, 2014. She was born on December 13, 1927, in Westchester County, New York. She was a prolific watercolor artist and animal activist, and had lived in La Jolla since 1970 with her late husband, Dr. Jack Geller. She was an outspoken advocate regarding issues of land development and quality of life in La Jolla through her involvement with the La Jolla Shores Committee, as well as a proponent of sensible seal ecology at La Jolla Children's Beach.
A student of Charles Reid, her award-winning work was shown in many galleries and art shows regionally and nationally, and she was a watercolor instructor at the Del Mar Fair for many years. In 1974, along with Peggy Howell, she co-founded the non-profit F.O.C.A.S. (Friends of North County Animal Shelters), which found homes for unwanted pets found in San Diego animal shelters. She owned and rescued many dogs and cats throughout the years, three of whom (Misty, Pistolo and Snookums) still live at her home.
Suzanne was very active in the San Diego Tennis Patrons for many years.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jack; daughter, Jamie of San Diego; and sister, Dorothy of New York. She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline (Mark) Newman of La Jolla; son, Jon (Jean) Geller of Colorado; sister, Greta Rosen of Weston, MA; and four grandchildren, Joshua and Jamee of La Jolla, and Josey and Alexandra of Colorado.
Friends and relatives will celebrate Suzanne's life at her residence on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to: jgtsila@hotmail.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the F.O.C.A.S. Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, rchumanesociety.org, or The Ladybug Fund, Theladybugfund.org.
Published in La Jolla Light on Aug. 14, 2014
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