SUZANNE DAMSEL (nee Stawicki) age 78, beloved wife for 30 years of the late Richard; cherished daughter of the late Carl and Pauline (nee Stuber) Stawicki; dearest sister of Karen Martin (husband Jim), and the late Carl Stawicki (wife Jackie) and John Stawicki (wife Elayne); sister-in-law of Robert Damsel (wife Kathy), Kathe Nealon (husband Tim), and Janice Brady (husband Richard); dear aunt of Carl, J Channing (wife Amy), Lisa (husband Lynn), Rachel (husband Jeffrey), Rebecca (husband Jay), Elizabeth (wife Nicole), Jonathan, Shavon, Vincent, Kendrick, and the late Rachel (husband Tom); great-aunt of Sean (significant other Gladys) and Emily; great-great-aunt of Greyson.
Suzanne was born on February 14, 1943 in East Cleveland, Ohio and remained a lifelong resident of the area, especially Little Italy. She relished the area for its amazing community, culture, and food. During a time when she was active and without mobile restrictions, she was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Church and loved attending the beautiful Masses. In her former years, Suzanne traveled to many places with her husband Richard, but they always enjoyed being back home and spending time at the Canterbury Country Club, where they were members. Suzanne also had this great appreciation for fine dining, which was reflected through her personal skills in her own kitchen. She loved entertaining and making dinner for family and friends to enjoy and would always share the recipes with those who asked.
Through the years Suzanne was faced with many challenges, however she continued to collect different forms of art. Not only was she herself an artist, but she had a true appreciation for all of it and would collect oil paintings, sculptures, ceramics, you name it. Her house was filled with plants that she would tend to, even when her thumb was not always so green. At home she would also find herself getting lost in a book. She would read just about anything and truly wanted others to know the pure joy and knowledge that comes through reading. Her skills and knowledge allowed her to excel at completing the most difficult of crossword puzzles, as she joyfully pursued this hobby. Suzanne was always watching the birds in her area and made sure they were always fed and without need. She had the same genuine love for her feline companions throughout her life, especially Kitzy who brought her so much comfort during her most difficult days. When younger, and healthier, she donated many units of blood. She, later in her illness, required some of these transfusions. However, she still managed to donate more than she received. She wanted those around her to understand the need and importance and to encourage those to consider donation as it can truly be life changing.
On November 23, 2021 Suzanne’s struggles and pain were gone. Her family and close friends will forever miss her presence but can find solace in knowing that she is finally at rest.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Suzanne to Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192.
Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Ohio 44106, at 10 AM.
Burial following at All Souls.
Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Suzanne at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) MONDAY from 4-8 PM.
Charity Name: HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE INC
Charity EIN: 341256377