Suzanne L. Zuver

Suzanne L. Zuver, nee Fletcher, 82, died Oct. 15, 2023.

Susie was born in Detroit, Mich., to Stanley and Mary, nee Heininger, Fletcher. She moved to Hinsdale with her family when her father began working with Harris Bank. A 1959 graduate of Hinsdale High School, she attended TCU (served in the court of Miss Horned Frog her sophomore year) before graduating from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Susie was a loving servant, creative and organized. Devoted to helping others, primarily as a mother and teacher, she taught at Prospect School and for more than 26 years at Cass Elementary District 63, inspiring students and fellow teachers and earning a Golden Apple Award nomination. Her management skills were cherished by many boards and organizations, including PEO Chapter CK (president), Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity (president and state chair) and a founder of the Flourishing West Suburban Village Arts Associates. Susie was also an active member of the women's Boards of United Charities of Chicago and the University of Chicago Brain Research Foundation.

A longtime resident of Golfview Hills, she was president of the homeowners association (first and only woman to serve and for two terms), the women's club and elected president for many years of the Golfview Hills Park District. Today one may walk the Zuver Trail, affectionately named for her by the park district board. She also was secretary of Ruth Lake Woods Condominium Association.

Susie loved gardens and flowers, participating for many years as a member of the Hinsdale Garden Study Club and the Garden Club of Hinsdale and tending her backyard herb garden and black raspberry patch.

Gracious and generous, her frequent parties included special treats, games and often party favors. She was a good cook with a library full of cookbooks supplemented by reams of printed on-line recipes.

Christmas was special - she believed! She had a vast library of Christmas books and every inch of her home was decorated, with Christmas trees in each room and an illuminated Christmas village built in the kitchen. Love and sharing with friends and family she joyfully celebrated Christ's birth.

She enhanced our community and offered her love and affection. Also, Susie was an inveterate online shopper.

She is survived by her partner of more than 30 years, Robert Johnson; her son, Richard Grayden (Sarah) Zuver; her grandchildren, Mairead and Ilsa Zuver; her nieces, Elizabeth (Andrew Podevels) Breuer, Meredith (Eric) Spitz and Gillian (Christopher) Lepore; and her sister, Barbara Breuer.

She was proceeded in death by her brother, Graham Fletcher.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Adolf & Powell Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice or the Memorial Fund at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.