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SUSAN STEINER ZIPF, 61, of Stuart, Florida died peacefully on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Martin Memorial Hospital North in Stuart. Following a brief but courageous battle against cancer, which had been diagnosed only a month before, Susan finally came to rest in the company of her family. Her life will be fondly remembered in a Memorial Service at Mariner Sands Chapel scheduled for April 12 at 2 PM. Born Susan Eileen Steiner, June 15, 1952 in Harrisburg, PA, she was a beloved resident of the Mariner Sands Community in Stuart where she had lived with her husband since 2006. Prior to that she had spent time living in Pittsburgh PA, Princeton, NJ, Roswell, GA, Armonk, NY, White Plains, NY and Somers, NY, and Bronxville, NY, where her daughter attended school. She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret Eike Steiner and John Frederick Stocker Steiner, and is survived by her husband Gordon Zipf, daughter Stephanie Zipf Ross, son-in-law Patrick Ross and granddaughters Georgia Claire (21 mos.) and Marielle Margaret (6 mos.) of Chappaqua, NY. She will also be remembered by her sister Margaret Louise Steiner and her family of Baltimore, MD, as well as many dear friends and other extended family. Susan earned a B.A. in English and Communications at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1974 and it was there that she met and married her husband of 41 years, Gordon. In 1984, she achieved professional certification as an art director for the creation of advertising at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA and later pursued her advertising career in NYC which took her to assignments at subsidiaries of big firms like DDB, Campbell-Mithun-Esty and Publicis. She was credited for her work on behalf of Eli Lilly, Minolta and KOOL, and for winning the Advertising Age "Yearn-to-Learn" Challenge in 1990 where she was awarded for her Anti-Drug Campaign. At heart, Susan was an artist who was happiest when creating: whether at work creating commercial art, on her own creating a collage, painting or creating a unique and beautiful home environment for her family. She rarely entered competitions but when she did she was recognized for her work, such as selection to the juried Art of the Northeast exhibit held annually at the Silvermine gallery and school in New Canaan, CT or a ribbon at a Florida remembrance show locally at the Elliott Museum. However being a mother came first and for many years Susan brilliantly juggled the challenges of an NYC commute, a high- pressure job and helping her daughter Stephanie feel safe, loved and nurtured. She always made sure that what was needed was accomplished and that the 'little' special things were never forgotten, especially when it came to her granddaughters who she had hoped to spend more time with in the years to come. Her presence and her actions created a lovely life for all around her. In the final chapter of her life, Susan and Gordon were able to retire early and move near his father George and wife Barbara locally at Mariner Sands. After living so many places, the move to Mariner Sands gave Susan the great gift of living in a nurturing community where she and Gordon were to enjoy her last years with a wonderful circle of friends. Their kindnesses and support have been a great comfort to her family and they are glad that she will be remembered fondly in their hearts for years to come. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory/Stuart Chapel. Legacy gifts can be mailed to The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast at PO Box 2147 Stuart, FL 34990 or made under the donate tab at

Published in the TC Palm from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2014
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