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KONSTANTIN SUTT

Konstantin Sutt Long-time Santa Fe resident, passed away peacefully at home, 9/27/2012 at age 92. Born in Tartu, Estonia, 5/9/1920, Konstantin's early life was spent with his family enjoying swimming, his years at Tartu University and his job as a high school math teacher. But WWII changed all that when first the Soviets, then the Nazis overwhelmed his beloved country. Forced into labor by both sides, he was forced to flee because of his activities in the Estonian liberation movement when the Soviets returned at the end of the war. Five years in the displaced persons camps in Germany brought him to his wife, Vilma Vuht, and they married in 1948. In 1950 they emigrated to the U.S. when a sponsor, Boaz Long, agreed to assist them establish a new life in Santa Fe. They arrived in New Orleans by ship with one suitcase each, they were given $5 each (one of which they gave to a fellow immigrant to care for a sick child) and a train ticket to Santa Fe to begin their new life. Konstantin and Vilma thrived in Santa Fe, buying a home, establishing and operating Pronto Pix, a successful wholesale black and white photo finishing business and raising a son, Tarmo. Konstantin seldom travelled from his new Santa Fe home, saying all his gypsy blood had been let in the war. His passions for the remainder of his life were tennis (he played tennis three times a week until April, 2012), chess, science, his pets and his home. Konstantin is survived by his son, Tarmo, and daughter-in-law, Kay, of Santa Fe. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Avo, in 1951; and his wife, Vilma, in 2000. A celebration of his life will be held at Sangre de Cristo Racquet Club, 1755 Camino Corrales on Saturday, 9/20/2012, 2 to 5 p.m.


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