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Suzanne Ruth Levin Steinberg passed away early in the morning of August 15th. She was 89 years old and had lived in Wilton since 1946. The beloved wife of the late Clifford Steinberg of Wilton, Suzanne was a loving and gracious woman whose radiant good cheer, poise and sense of purpose affected her family and so many friends throughout her lifetime.
Born in Rochester New York to Dr. Lester Levin and Ethel Neiman Levin, Sue was a gifted pianist who studied at the Eastman School of Music throughout her youth, earning a music degree there as she graduated from Monroe High School. She matriculated at Connecticut College for Women in 1942 and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1946, marrying her beau Clifford who had recently returned from active Army Air Corps service in W.W. II.
Sue raised her family in Wilton and was active in Planned Parenthood, the League of Woman Voters, Temple Israel's Sisterhood and a number of local community causes over the years. After earning her M.A. in Education from the University of Bridgeport, Sue first taught civics and history in the Norwalk school system and then settled into her life's professional work as a career counselor first at Fairfield University and then at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.
Sue and Cliff settled on six acres off Sturges Ridge Road, a wedding present from her father-in-law who knew Harry Jackson well. They cultivated the front four acres and enjoyed gardening and caring for the lawns and meadows. The former apple orchard was rich with well-tended rose and other perennial gardens as well as fertile vegetable gardens.
An avid athlete, Sue golfed at Birchwood Country Club in Westport and enjoyed the company of many close friends there. In the late 1970s, Sue and Cliff spent time living and working in Jerusalem but elected to return to Wilton to be close to their family and friends. They traveled widely from the 1970s on, visiting China, South America, Western Europe several times.
Sue is survived by her three children: Joan Toby Steinberg of Scarbrough, Maine; William Steinberg of Vancouver, British Columbia; and Daniel Robert Steinberg Darst of Wilton, Connecticut. She leaves behind her sister, Barbara Schachtel of Houston, Texas, and ten grandchildren and two great-grand children.
In lieu of gifts, donations to Planned Parenthood of Connecticut would be appreciated.
Services will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM, graveside at Temple Israel Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Please visit www.collins-funeral.com to leave condolences.
Published in The Hour on Aug. 16, 2014