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Susan "Sudy" Zane

Susan "Sudy" Zane Obituary
Susan "Sudy" Reinauer Zane passed away suddenly on February 19, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Alan Zane; her children, Amy and Randall Blumenthal; daughter-in-law, Sabra Krock, of New York City; step son, Randall Zane, and wife Pamela of Corpus Christi, TX; step daughter, Cheryl Zane of Houston, TX; step son, Bradley Zane, and wife Melissa of Flower Mound, TX; step son, Robert Zane of Frisco, TX; and step daughter, Susan Epstein, and husband Robert of Austin, TX;. Sudy was adored by 11 grandchildren: Max Blumenthal; Andrea and Stacy Zane; Arielle, Alyssa, Julianna and Joshua Epstein; Richard and Julia Zane; and Audrey and Aiden Zane. She is also survived by her brother, David Reinauer, and wife Anne of Lake Charles, LA; and twin sister, Jere Glaser, of New Orleans, LA.

Sudy was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on September 23, 1943, graduated from Lake Charles High School in 1961, and the University of Illinois in 1965. She moved to Houston in 1975. She initially worked in the advertising department of the Houston Chronicle and soon entered the insurance business with the Connecticut Mutual Insurance Company. Insurance and estate planning became a lifelong passion of hers, mainly for the assistance she was able to offer to families in understanding and planning for their future. Her clients were particularly moved by her ability to connect with them on both emotional and analytical levels. Over many years, she became a trusted advisor and worked tirelessly to refine her technical knowledge. A true relationship builder, she pioneered a way for businesswomen to network with each other to provide contacts, access to business leads and support. In 1976 in this context, she started "women's breakfast clubs," ultimately starting 12 clubs including the River Oaks Breakfast Club, Charter 100 Breakfast Club, the Women's City Club and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Breakfast Club. These are the largest such groups in Houston and have provided a high degree of emotional support, business guidance and pure friendship to countless professional women.

Sudy had a vivacious spirit, energetic demeanor and generous character, as evidenced by her many friends and diverse interests. She was passionate about the arts, was working diligently to achieve Life Master status at bridge, and recently became a mentor for the Brigid's Hope Program, a group that helps women re-integrate into society after incarceration in Texas jails. With her husband, she literally traveled the world, exploring all seven continents and over 75 countries in the past 20 years including, to name a few of the more exotic adventures, Bhutan, Central Asia, and Antarctica.

Sudy could light up a roomful of people, share an intimate conversation or nurture a distant e-mail exchange. Her infectious smile and abundant laughter were always easily at hand. Full of stories about travel and life, a reliable and willing play date for her adoring grandchildren and simply a great listener, she will be dearly missed by her family and numerous friends.

The memorial service to celebrate the life of Sudy Zane will be held on Monday, February 21, 2011, at 1 pm at Temple Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 11 am at Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Should friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brigid's Hope, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston, Texas 77002.


Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2011
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