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Susanne Klein-Hertzel, 60, of Weston, CT passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was the beloved wife of Bob Hertzel, loving mother of Meredith Klein-Hertzel and Greg Klein-Hertzel. She was the daughter of the late Stanley Klein and Blanche Klein, and step daughter of Phyllis Klein. She leaves a brother, Kenneth of Trumbull, a sister, Carol of New York City, mother-in-law Sylvia Hertzel of Massachusetts, sister and brother- in-law Pam and Bob Krinsky of Massachusetts, aunt Rosiland Tobin of Trumbull, and various cousins, nieces and nephews. She also leaves her adopted family, the Kings and Merritts of Connecticut.
Susanne was an art psychotherapist by training. She was active in all her children's activities as they were growing up. She was a Brownie leader, a book fair chair, a timer at Water Rat Swim meets, and driver and cheerleader for Meredith and Greg's stellar high school tennis careers.
Susanne survived as a lung cancer patient, a double lung transplant recipient, and as a liver cancer patient. She had a tenacious will to live and brought great hope to other transplant patients she got to know. The medical community has hailed her as a hero for what she taught them, both as a patient and strong and inspiring human being. She will be sorely missed.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Susanne on Friday, August 23rd at 12:00 PM at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT.
Donations may be made in Susanne's name to the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital PO Box 7611 New Haven, CT 06519, or to the Lung Transplant Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Published in The Hour on Aug. 22, 2013