Susane Josephson "Suzy" Finesilver
1916 - 2015
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May 9, 1916 - February 1, 2015
Susane "Suzy" Josephson Finesilver passed away February 1, 2015. She was born in San Antonio, Texas May 9, 1916 and lived here for her entire life. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday this year. She adored her family, enjoyed many friends and was an inspiration to all of them. Her sparkling eyes, bright smile and love for life will be greatly missed.

Suzy was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hertzel Finesilver and by her parents, Sarah and Frederick Josephson. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Finesilver Crystal; her three grandsons, James Finesilver Crystal and his wife, Denise, Sanford Finesilver Crystal and his wife, Jennifer, and Jonathan H. Finesilver Crystal and his wife, Darcie. She also is survived by her eight great grandchildren, Genevieve, Abigail and William; Alexander and Samantha; Eli, Hannah and Abram; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three older brothers John Josephson, Marcel Josephson and Henry Josephson.

She was a longtime supporter of the arts, nationally, as well as Texas and San Antonio. She served on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and was one of the museum's founders more than 25 years ago. She also was a founding board member and former vice president of the museum's Texas Committee. She was a board member of the Southwest School of Art and Craft, now known as the Southwest School of Art. She was a member of the School of Visual Arts Board at the University of North Texas in Denton. She also served on the boards of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and Texas Arts Alliance. Suzy was a National Patron for Americans for the Arts and a former board member of the American Council for the Arts. She was a member of the Prince of Wales Foundation for many years. She also was a patron of the United World Colleges.

Suzy was the 1997 recipient of the Girl Scout Trefoil Award. She was a board member of the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. At the McNay Art Museum, she served as Patron Council founding chairman, president of the Gallery Support Group, and board member of the Friends of the McNay Art Museum. She also was very involved with the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Symphony League. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Cancer Therapy and Research Center Cabinet, American Association of University Women and the American Museum in Britain. She served on the San Antonio Performing Arts Association board and was founding chairman of the Associates of the San Antonio Performing Arts Association. When Beverly Sills formed the National Opera Institute, Suzy was invited by her to become a Fellow. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera National Council and was a founding member of the San Antonio Opera Guild Board. She also was involved with the Southwest Foundation Forum. She was president of the Joffrey Ballet Committee of San Antonio. When the Girl Scouts of America chose the National Museum of Women in the Arts as their art project, the museum asked its Texas Committee to start the program and Suzy was designated chairman. This program became the model format used throughout the United States.

She has been a member of Temple Beth-El for more than 70 years and was a member of the Temple Beth-El Sisterhood and the National Council of Jewish Women. She is a Life member of the Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Auxiliary and was board chairman of the Christmas Clearing Bureau. During World War II, she was a Grey Lady for the Red Cross and U.S.O. Travelers Aid. She was honored as an Outstanding Volunteer at the First Annual Salute to Outstanding Volunteers by San Antonio Homes and Gardens Magazine 1985-86. Suzy had a musical education and played piano, clarinet and saxophone. She was a 1934 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied education. She enjoyed travel and took many trips all over the world.

Services will be held Wednesday February 4th at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 211 Belknap Place. Immediately following the service interment will be in Temple Beth-El Cemetery at Palmetto. If one would like to make a donation in her memory, any of the organizations with which she was involved would be appreciated or a charity of choice. Arrangements with:



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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Feb. 2, 2015.
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February 4, 2015
Lynn, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a remarkable woman. Sincerely, Carolyn Franke Kraft (We had some classes together at TJH)
Carolyn Franke Kraft
February 2, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to Lynn & all the family. She will be missed by everyone in San Antonio.
Carl & Sandy Wulfe & family
February 13, 2015
SCAD mourns the loss of Suzy Finesilver, a champion of the arts and a noted philanthropist. Our sympathies and thoughts are with her friends and family.

With prayers for comfort and sweet memories,

Paula Wallace
SCAD president and founder
Paula Wallace
February 8, 2015
I extend my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the Finesilver family.
Sonia Lopez
February 4, 2015
Lynn, your mother was such a special person, a real sunbeam in this world. I am glad that you had her to enjoy for so many years. She will be missed.
Terry Gay Puckett
February 3, 2015
Lynn - what an inspiration your mother was to me. We have been friends since high school and she was a force then and was until the end. What I loved about her most was her heart - it was fashioned at an early age to give until it hurt and that is what her life was. She gave and gave and then when she was tired, she gave more. What a legacy for you and your children. We are taught to be servants to all for it is in the giving that we receive. What she received was not only love but total compassion from all who knew her. It is told to us that G__ knows what is in our hearts - What is seen is not forced but the true spirit of giving one's entire life. Her life was an inspiration. With privilege comes responsibility and she did it with chutzpah. Love, Wesley
February 2, 2015
Dearest Lynn, Suzy always made me feel embraced by love and happiness, a joyful gift she bestowed upon all those blessed to be in her life. Her voice, her sparkling eyes and beautiful smile, or holding her hand as she told a wonderful story would always light up a room, but loving her and having her in my heart will always light up the world. Thank you for sharing her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kathy
Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn
February 2, 2015
I just loved Suzy. She was my favorite friend on the board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I will miss her so much in Washington and NYC
Nancy Valentine
February 2, 2015
Dearest Lynn and your entire family. My condolences and love to you. Suzy will be sorely missed, but the sparkle of her eyes will surely live in all of our hearts. Much love you, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Sackler
February 2, 2015
Through my close friendship with Suzy's daughter,Lynn, I was privileged to be a friend of Suzy's.She was always so kind to me and we had many fun times together. I,always,saw Suzy when I was in San Antonio.I will miss her.She was a great lady.
Jacquelyn Wynne
February 2, 2015
I extend my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the Finesilver family. I had the honor of being Suzy's hairdresser for several years. May the caring love and support of family and friends grant you peace. May the memories of times shared bring you comfort.
Carlos Reina
February 2, 2015
"Aunt" Suzy was my mother's (Harriette Wolfman) best friend and hopefully they are together in heaven. She was a great lady and I loved her as if she was my mother.
Prissy Graham Kirkwood
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