Sue Levy
02/13/1952 - 09/17/2021
BORN
02/13/1952
DIED
09/17/2021
My beloved Sue passed away quickly and suddenly from heart failure. She had been suffering from long term arthritis and lymphedema, and more recently from congestive heart failure.Sue was born in Philadelphia, and moved to San Francisco in the mid 70s to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Once she established residency, she enrolled at SF State University in the fall of 1976. In her very first class, she met Gary who would become a good friend, later a roommate, and at last her husband.She started working in the Vallejo Unified School District in 1981. Aside from a one year lay-off in 1982 and taking leave when Rachel was born, she worked 38 years in the District until she retired three months ago. She taught at Springstowne Junior High, Loma Vista Elementary School (for 16 years), Beverly Hills Elementary School, and acted as an itinerant art teacher at many elementary schools. Most recently she taught in the Independent Studies Academy, working mainly with high school seniors. Over her 38 year career, she taught every grade level and touched the lives of thousands of students.From her first year, Sue was a member of the Vallejo Education Association, the local teacher's union. She held many positions in the organization including site rep, chair of the bargaining committee, many years as chair of the calendar, professional growth, and teacher support committees. She also acted as the secretary to the Rep Council and Executive Board. She was, as noted by a colleague, a fierce advocate for students and teacher's rights.Sue leaves behind Gary, her partner, husband, and best friend of 40 years; her cherished daughter, Rachel (Kevin); her devoted brother, Paul and sister-in-law, Paula; her loving mother-in-law, Judith; and brothers-in-law, Marc and Steven (Mary); eight adoring nieces and nephews, Heather (Chris), Joey (Joey), Sari (Josh), Neshama, Neilah, Ben, James, and Bea; her grandniece, Samantha, and her four beloved grandboys, Aaron, Noah, Jordan, and Silas. She leaves behind many cousins and scores of friends and colleagues, and most especially her three best friends for more than 40+ years, Esther, Joan, and Julie (and not to be left out, her sweet fur babies Zoe, Oliver, and Emma). When it is safe to do so, we will gather and celebrate her wonderful life. Until then, if you are so moved, make a donation to a cause that is close to your heart in her memory.
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Published by Times Herald Online on Sep. 26, 2021.
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Mrs. Levy was my 5th grade teacher in the 90´s. One of my fondest memories of elementary school was learning how to make Latkes with her. I learned so much from her and loved being in her class. She was an exceptional teacher, and so kind. I hope to pass on that same kindness to my students. My deepest condolences.
Khrisna R.
November 28, 2021
Mrs. Levy was my math teacher in the early 80s. She was tough and held to a high standard, but kind and gentle in her delivery. RIP, Mrs. Levy!
Karen N
October 10, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about Sue. Always a joy to be around. May loving memories bring her family and friends comfort and peace. Hugs, Denise & Bill
Denise & Bill Pendergast
Friend
September 29, 2021
Sending condolences and prayers to Gary and Rachel. We have known Sue, Gary and Rachel from Loma Vista. Rest Peacefully Sue!!
Velma Sutton & Family
September 28, 2021
Gary I am so sorry for your loss. Sue was an inspiration to me at Ind Studies when I decided to work with students at the end of my career. She was a hard worker and dedicated to her craft. Sue was our leader for sure, as she knew ISP inside and out. May she rest in peace and may you Gary and your family know that she was loved by many.
Sharon Babot
Work
September 26, 2021
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