Born April 15, 1938 in Seattle; died November 20, 2021 in Seattle. Graduated Seattle University with a BS in Nursing
Survived by Ferdinand, her loving husband of 57 years; her son, Michael (Jennifer); grandchildren, Miles and Claire, and Sydney and Evan; (children of deceased son Christian); her brothers, Thomas, Bob, Lawrence, Gerald, Scott, Paul, and Patrick Grimm, and their large extended families.
Preceded in death by her son Christian; and her brothers, Peter and Christopher Grimm.
SUZY (her preferred name) devoted her life to helping others. She was a nurse in the US Army for 3 years. When not in nursing, as our family grew, she volunteered with numerous organizations including: local schools and Hospice. When her two sons became more independent, she returned to nursing as senior clinical nurse at BenHaven Residence for Autistic Children and Adults, in North Haven, CT. She put her heart and soul into care for the residents, many of whom had no family or financial support. She provided quality clothing, and entertainment such as movies, sports, dining etc. to these forgotten residents. She frequently hosted residents at her home for lunch and a swim. Suzy believed that each of us can contribute and make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. This guiding principle defined her life of service.
Suzy traveled extensively with Monte and their kids as they were a US Army family. She and Monte lived in Germany, Panama, and several US states. While stationed in Germany and Panama, Suzy traveled to see many countries in Europe (England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium) and many in Central and South America (Columbia, Peru, Costa Rica). She loved to collect keepsakes of cultural and historical significance and her home was decorated with items from all over the world. While in Panama Canal Zone she enjoyed boating, water skiing and tennis, winning the Canal Zone Open on two occasions.
Suzy seemed to always be working on some project. Many of the family’s Christmas ornaments were beautiful pieces she made. Suzy was also an avid gardener and her lawn always looked like a country club. She loved to spend hours perfecting the layout, planting, and care of her gardens. She was able to do so much because she worked incredibly long hours, often getting up well before the sun and turning the lights out long after the rest of us were asleep.
Most of all, Suzy’s life was defined by service to care for others. When she wasn’t working as a nurse or formally volunteering, she was helping neighbors, or searching for gifts for the people in her life. Suzy truly spent the vast majority of her time focused on other people. Whether family, patients, friends, neighbors, or strangers in need, Suzy touched countless lives with her selfless generosity, kindness, and love.
SHE WILL BE MISSED AND LOVED FOREVER
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the following autism favorites of Suzy:
The Meyer Rosoff Tzedakah Fund
c/o Dan Mulry Trustee
217 Haverford St, Hamden, CT 06517
c/o Kathleen Sterrett Assistant Manager
187 Half Mile Road, North Haven, CT 06473
A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, November 24th at 1:00 PM at
St. Joseph Catholic Church
732 18th Ave E, Seattle, 98112.
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