OBITUARY

Suzanne B. Robertson

August 27, 1954February 20, 2019
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Suzanne Buttler Robertson, 64, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 20th. Suzanne was born August 27, 1954, and grew up in Mattapoisett. She was a graduate of Old Rochester HS and Cape Cod Community College. She served in the US Army from 1975-78 in Kansas and Seoul, S. Korea. Suzanne worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital until 2013.

Suzanne loved adventures and gatherings with friends and family. Her garden was amazing and she loved sharing it. Suzanne had a passion for helping people—beyond her job. She loved gift-giving, cooking, basket weaving, sewing, knitting, walking, and biking. Suzanne traveled extensively, visiting and making friends wherever she went. Suzanne was a friend to all and she will be missed greatly.

Suzanne leaves four surviving siblings, Bruce Robertson, Mattapoisett, Mark Robertson (and Deborah Vieira), Mattapoisett, Scott Robertson and his wife, Rebecca, South Dartmouth, Cynthia Robertson Kirchhoff and her husband, Georg Eric, Medfield. Predeceasing her, her brother, James D. Robertson II (1989), her mother, Mary T. Robertson (2003), and her father, James D. Robertson (1995). Suzanne leaves numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and godchildren: Shayne Ball, Luke Robertson, Trevor and Lyndsay Robertson, Robbie & Daniel Southerland, Aislinn and Leah Robertson, Carl James and Maira Lucille Kirchhoff, Rachael Robertson, Archer and Langden Ball, Angele Gracia (godchild), and Alex Cuddy (godchild).

Arrangements will be made by Fairlawn Mortuary in Fairhaven. Celebration of Life will be held March 9th from Noon to 2 PM at the Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford. Military ceremony and interment at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Friday, March 15, 2:30 PM.

The family of Suzanne would like to thank the nurses and staff at Our Lady’s Haven for loving, compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 and Hospice.

  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Burial Friday, March 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Suzanne B. Robertson

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Christian Bertram

March 15, 2019

My mother and Suzanne were friends for many years. They were both active in the local arts scene and shared many passions including gardening and cooking. Suzanne was always stopping by the house to Suprise my mom with treats and flower arrangements. I'll never forget her sapphire blue eyes and amazing smile. I used to go and help her mow the lawn and weed the gardens when she lived at the amazing historic home on depot Street. I picture them together again as best friends, visiting galleries and sharing recipes forever in heaven <3

Sharon Lee Cowan

March 11, 2019

Suzanne was talented and knowledgeable about so many things. Everyone will remember her abundant vegetable gardens and flower beds, her skill and artistic eye for painting and decorating, and her ability to create a festive occasion on a shoestring.

When we first met, Suzanne lived in a small second-floor apartment in the waterfront mansion she affectionately called Mildew Manor. There, in a tiny kitchen with a dangerous-looking gas oven, she would turn out incredible meals and sumptuous desserts. Responding to her invitations, we would arrive to delightful aromas and table settings right out of Architectural Digest. But more than the good food and pleasant surroundings, we came because of Suzanne and the way she made you feel: happy, comfortable, welcome, at home.

Though we were around the same age, I am proud to say that Suzanne was my role model in many areas. I admired her courage and determination in becoming an LPN and then a Registered Nurse in her thirties. Her kind and easy-going way with the elderly and sick, the way she extended herself to at-risk young people, to her exchange student from Japan, to any friend in need. On a more practical note, I admired her mysterious system of time management, often wondering how she juggled so many commitments and activities so successfully.

As early as 1986, it was Suzanne who introduced me to the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine. At her urging I read their books and many others, and this has had a lasting influence on both my convictions and my health.

Many little things that are part of me and my life today . . . can be traced back to Suzanne’s influence. Here are just a few:

 Going for brisk walks at the drop of a hat – with or without a dog
 A lifelong appreciation for Sacher torte
 Using the word “shishi” to mean extra fancy
 Putting a few flowers in a summer salad
 Calling those close to me "little darling."

Thank you for all you gave me, Suzanne.

SHARON LEE COWAN
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Stacie Charbonneau Hess

March 2, 2019

When I moved home to Mattapoisett in 2001, I took a job at the Shipyard Galley. Suzanne was a frequent customer, whom I remebered from my adolescence because of her friendship with Anne Zarlengo Cuddy, our mutual friend.

Suzanne taught me something that I will never forget. As she came in daily with something for us, for Jan the owner and us, the staff, as she assembled flowers in a vase from her garden, she said, “The hand that gives, gathers.”

At the time, I had very little to give. I was a struggling single mom, but I remembered those words and gave where I could: time to the Sunday school kids, babysitting for my nieces and nephews...later, material gifts and eventually, when things improved for me financially, charitable donations.

Suzanne was right.

What faith Suzanne had: that she would find the perfect home, the perfect love. Though we lost touch these past few years and her death comes as a sad shock to me, I will forever be moved by her words of truth and wisdom: the hand that gives, gathers. Rest In peace and beauty Suzanne.

Robyn Morris

March 1, 2019

So sorry she’s gone. Fond memories of her Ladies group she often hosted. I carry a lot of what she was all about with me today❤️❤️❤️❤️

Martha Smith

February 24, 2019

Suzanne taught me
How to live and be grateful, how to bless and Release, to garden and enjoy the beauty of what surrounds us , and how to make what surrounds us beautiful! We always had fun no matter what we did, and she always made me and everyone feel welcome! She gave me the gift of feeling feel free to be me! We lost touch over the last number of years, life got hectic, but I never forgot about you dear friend. I love you Suzi Q

Rosemary Barrow

February 24, 2019

My condolences to the family. Suzanne was a treasured friend.
Goodnight, God bless, sweet Suzi. You are sorely missed.

Denise Gaudiello

February 23, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. Suzanne had an infectious smile and warmth and great compassion . She also had a great sense of humor and could be a prankster! She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her. Prayers to all who loved her. 🙏🙏

Elizabeth & Doug Leatham

February 22, 2019

Suzanne was gifted in many ways. She had an ability to be a caring friend and companion without the person ever sensing they were being taken care of. She had an artistic gift – the art of picking and arranging something from the garden to bring joy and beauty to others. She had the gift of a radiant personality, her eyes sparkled with love for her siblings, their children, friends, and she loved parties and of course Sacher Torte!
God speed Suzanne. May grace and peace be with you. Ciao Bella!

Patricia Midurski

February 22, 2019

Though I met Suzanne later in life, I am grateful for the brief times together we shared. Her eclectic artistry and style will forever be remembered. May she soar with the angels and be at peace~

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Biography

Suzanne Buttler Robertson, 64, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 20th. Suzanne was born August 27, 1954, and grew up in Mattapoisett. She was a graduate of Old Rochester HS and Cape Cod Community College. She served in the US Army from 1975-78 in Kansas and Seoul, S. Korea. Suzanne worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital until 2013.

Suzanne loved adventures and gatherings with friends and family. Her garden was amazing and she loved sharing it. Suzanne had a passion for helping people—beyond her job. She loved gift-giving, cooking, basket weaving, sewing, knitting, walking, and biking. Suzanne traveled extensively, visiting and making friends wherever she went. Suzanne was a friend to all and she will be missed greatly.

Suzanne leaves four surviving siblings, Bruce Robertson, Mattapoisett, Mark Robertson (and Deborah Vieira), Mattapoisett, Scott Robertson and his wife, Rebecca, South Dartmouth, Cynthia Robertson Kirchhoff and her husband, Georg Eric, Medfield. Predeceasing her, her brother, James D. Robertson II (1989), her mother, Mary T. Robertson (2003), and her father, James D. Robertson (1995).

Suzanne leaves numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and godchildren: Shayne Ball, Luke Robertson, Trevor and Lyndsay Robertson, Robbie & Daniel Southerland, Aislinn and Leah Robertson, Carl James and Maira Lucille Kirchhoff, Rachael Robertson, Archer and Langden Ball, Angele Gracia (godchild), and Alex Cuddy (godchild).

Arrangements will be made by Fairlawn Mortuary in Fairhaven. Celebration of Life will be held March 9th from Noon to 2 PM at the Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford. Military ceremony and interment at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Friday, March 15, 2:30 PM.

The family of Suzanne would like to thank the nurses and staff at Our Lady’s Haven for loving, compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 and Hospice.