OBITUARY

Suzanne Margaret Porter Dussinger

February 28, 1943October 12, 2020

Suzanne Dussinger, age 77, passed away peacefully on Monday October 12th at Brooks Bartram Crossing in Jacksonville, FL. She was born on February 28th, 1943 in Mystic, IA as the second child of Gilbert and Lorraine Porter. Following the completion of a Radiological Technology program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she relocated to the Chicago area to work as an X-Ray Technician at Evanston Hospital. She met her future husband, Jay Dussinger, at the hospital employee picnic, and they were married on September 30, 1967. In 1986 they relocated to Seminole, Florida with their two son’s Patrick and Stephen. Suzanne was full of life, and treasured spending time with family and friends. Always up for an adventure, she is remembered as someone who would light up a room with her warm, engaging personality, and was a friend to all. She never took herself too seriously, and could often be found smiling and laughing. She was famous for never forgetting a birthday – always getting a card out well in advance. In her later years she enjoyed keeping in shape by walking on the beach and collecting seashells, often remarking about the tranquility and beauty of beaches. She also developed a fondness for crossword puzzles, and could regularly be found in the morning at the kitchen counter with a warm cup of coffee looking for that “one last word”.

Suzanne was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2016, and through the toughest days of chemotherapy was still able to keep a positive attitude and smile on her face. She was a deeply religious person, and found great comfort in her faith during this difficult time. Perhaps her greatest earthly motivation to fight on came from her three grandsons, Sammy, Travis, and Reed, who she loved dearly and were the source of great joy for her. She happily took every chance she had to show off pictures and tell stories about the three boys who lovingly called her “Grandma”. She also enjoyed cooking her signature lasagna for them and the entire family at every opportunity possible.

Suzanne’s memory and spirit will be cherished and kept alive by her loving husband, Jay, along with her son’s Patrick, his wife Elizabeth and son Sammy, and Stephen, with his wife Beth and son’s Travis and Reed. She is also survived by her sister Joan Moorman, and her brothers Jim Porter, Tim Maletta and Roger Maletta, along with many of cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small graveside service will be held for family and close friends on Saturday October 17th at 2:00 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville. The service will be available via live video stream online for those unable to attend in person. A link to the service can be found at https://youtu.be/CJjUd8qC_XE or https://youtu.be/ToGus-BDXfA . In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community Hospice and Palliative Care. https://www.communityhospice.com/give/ This group provided excellent care at the end of Suzanne’s life and comforted her during this difficult time.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Suzanne Margaret Porter Dussinger

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Lynn Hand

October 25, 2020

Suzanne & I were friends on Marla Lane, but thru church, Bible study & neighborhood gatherings, she became a very dear friend. Even after I moved away, we stayed in touch. I will miss her.....our talks & texts.
My deepest sympathy to her family.......Jay, Patrick & Steve & their families. May God give you grace & peace.
Thinking of you with love & prayers,
Lynn Hand

Margaret Williams

October 17, 2020

Suzanne will definitely be missed! My connection with Sue, was mostly through facebook. She posted such meaningful comments. I'm so thankful how she kept in touch with my mother for birthdays and holiday cards! She kept connected with the Troyer Reunion! Rest in Peace Sue, and blessings to Jay and family! ❤🙏

David Pontious

October 16, 2020

Growing up with Suzy around you knew that it was going to be fun. She brought so much energy to everything she did, I enjoyed the time I spent with her when I was at Great Lakes. I was there to see her happiness when her and Jay got married. She will be greatly missed by all. My prayer are with all her family.

Marcia Ruotsinoja

October 16, 2020

Suzanne was a very good friend to me. She gave me flowers on my birthday when no one else did, she knew my feelings by just looking at me, we were on the same page politically and our beliefs in God, we were the kind of friends that could pick up like it was yesterday but it may have been years that we had seen each other.
I loved her and will miss her. ❤️

Judith Buban

October 15, 2020

Suzzi lived next door to me for a time when we were young. We only saw each other occasionally after highshcool, but had reconnected on facebook. She was such a lovely person. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Doug Miller

October 15, 2020

Suzanne was always an eager participant in the gospel singing at the Troyer Reunion. Rest peacefully Suzanne.

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FROM THE FAMILY

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