Sue Anne Navratil

October 31, 1933September 11, 2021

Sue Ann Navratil, age 87, of Old Fort, TN, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021 in a local hospital. She was born October 31, 1933 in Atkinson, IL to the late William M. & Bethene E. Painter.

Sue was passionate about dog rescue and was a former member and current supporter of SHARP in Polk County. She fostered and adopted several rescued dogs over her lifetime.

Sue was the former Substation Manager for the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, FL.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Albert Gruhl and Joe Navratil; and sister, Patty Jo Gorden.

Survivors include her children, Cari (Jim, Jr.) Bosserdet of Old Fort, TN; Barry (Debbie) Gruhl of Moline, IL; Cathy Ashenfelter of Clearwater, FL; sister, Christine Pauley of Milan, IL; grandchildren, Catlin Ashenfelter, Brittany Anderson, Maggie (Eli) Larimore, Bo Bosserdet, and Jenna Bosserdet; great-grandchildren, Paisley, Xaiden, & Kinleigh Larimore; and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that donations in her memory be made to Safe Haven Animal Rescue Program @; or East Tennessee Alliance for Animals @

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Jacqueline Russell

October 31, 2021

Being new to the area and not knowing anyone, I met Sue when her daughter Cari took pity on me and invited me for their wonderful holiday dinners. We became fast and steady friends from that moment on. Her frankness always amazed me. The advice she gave me over the years will alway stay with me. I have to say, in many ways, Sue Navratil changed me for the better. I loved her. She was my best friend in Tennessee and we spent many hours together. Her and I were among a small group of women that started SHARP, Safe Haven Animal Rescue Program, to help the needy animals in the area. Sue and I where the only initial founders still active in the group. As her health declined, she was not able to attend meetings, but her heart and love was directed at all her babies she adopted through SHARP. Nuttymeg, Todo, Cocoa, and Katy Marie, where everything to her. I know they miss their “Mom” very much, as she misses them in Heaven. You were an unusual, wonderful woman that will always be in my heart my friend. Hope to see you again. RIP

Bryan "Bucky" Hopper

September 26, 2021


I am sorry to have left you out of my previous message, but we had never met. My mother reminded me that she had met you several times. Your mother was so special to us during her time at the Times, and then after. Often she would stop by the house to have coffee after delivering complaints at work. When my mother was on yet another of her many cruises and I filled in for her, Sue was always there to help me get out the papers. It was she who went with me to help pick out a special gift for me to give to my mother. She would often tell us about Albert the scientist, and how much she still loved him. Then she met Joe. She lit up when she talked about him. Of course she always bragged about the kids, too.
We all hated that she moved away, but she kept in touch through the phone, and her calls were always an event. To hear about the dogs! She always had a funny story to tell. We kept hoping she would come back down to visit with us, or go on another cruise with my mother, but it just wasn't to be. I'm sure there are many arms embracing her in heaven.

Bryan "Bucky" Hopper

September 26, 2021

Cari and Barry (since you are the two I have met), I was so sorry to see your mother's obit today. I have so many great memories of your Mom, both at District 2 and on the cruises we went on with my mother Mary. We lived through her narrow escape of the hurricane, and her courtship and marriage to Joe. After her move up North, she kept us informed in her semi-regular calls and it was always a joy to hear her voice. My mother is currently in her declining time and is with Hospice here at the house. At 91 she is still somewhat aware and often calls to mind the wonderful friendship she had with Sue and Joe. Our thoughts are with you all. Although it had been a while since we last heard from her, she was always a topic of conversation and we will certainly miss her!

Audrey Gruhl

September 23, 2021

Dearest Barry,Cari, Kathy,and families , Please know that we are with you at this time of sadness for the loss of your Mother. Our family has over 50 yrs of fond memories. Love to you all from A.Aud.U.Dick.Wade Brad and Eric

Delores Goodridge

September 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Cari, Barry, Kathy and their families. I think of you often after all these years.