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Suzanne “Suzi” Michelle Miller (nee Baehrel) passed away peacefully Monday, November 7, 2022, succumbing to liver and kidney failure. She was 47. Suzi’s family and closest friends were near her bedside in the final week of her life. Suzi is survived by her children, Kirsten and Molly, their father, Paul Miller, and multiple maternal/paternal generations of Baehrels, Geuders, and Speranzas.
Suzi was born in Suffern, NY. She attended Suffern High School and graduated from Monroe-Woodbury in 1993. Her closest friends at the end of her life were from friendships formed during those years. After graduation, Suzi worked in a variety of jobs which relied upon her quick wit and ability to build relationships. She had long tenures with Whole Food Markets and Jawonio, during which her colleagues became friends, and with whom she still remained close. Suzi had a work ethic rarely matched, as “sick day” was not in her vernacular. All who worked with Suzi knew she would always make herself available at a moment’s notice, and give her best efforts.
A hallmark of Suzi’s character, she was very grounded in her faith. She was a long-time member of Christ Lutheran Church in Airmont, New York, where she served as a member of the altar guild. In particular, she loved outdoor camping ministries, her two favorite camps being Camp Ma-he-Tu and Pinecrest Lutheran Leadership, where she served in a variety of roles, including counselor, cabin leader, lifeguard, and board member. She encouraged her children to attend, as well, where they, too, developed their love for outdoor camping ministry experiences.
Suzi loved the outdoors and shared that love with her children and life-long friends. In particular, she looked forward to annual Memorial Day weekend rafting trips down the Delaware River with her Long Island Crew and taking the girls kayaking and camping whenever the opportunity arose. Suzi would rather be enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends, than doing almost anything else (except snuggling with her cats, Martini & George.)
She was an excellent camping stove cook, as well as a kitchen master. She loved experimenting with new recipes and having people over for dinner, especially those struggling to put foot on their own tables. She could make nearly anything she saw prepared on the Food Network, often with her own twist, and generously shared her table whenever she could.
Without question, Suzi’s greatest joys in life were her two daughters. She loved watching them grow into the women they are today, as guided by her, Paul, Grammy, Aunt Marilyn, and all the family and friends who were part of her village. She delighted in dance parties in the living room, bonding over jeopardy (a very competitive group activity!,) singing at full volume in the car, attending the girls’ activities, sporting events, plays and musicals, and all performances, where she was the loudest supporter in the crowd. She rarely missed a chance to support “Dolly” and “Monk” as she affectionally called them, since they were babies. She was incredibly proud this past June as she watched them graduate from Middle School and High school, to become High School and University freshwomen. Her favorite reminders to her girls, “You got this!” and “Super awesome day!” rang true that day, and will forever be her words to remember.
Suzi’s family would like to thank the entire staff at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, for their care and comfort. They will never forget their kindness, patience, and attention to Suzi, and especially to the family as they prepared for Suzi’s passing.
Family and friends are invited to join in Suzi’s Celebration of Life memorial service on January 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 55 Wyckoff Ave, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446. A repast lunch will follow.
It is the family’s hope that anyone wishing to make a donation in Suzi’s honor consider a contribution to the Suzi Miller Memorial Fund (
) established in response to the numerous requests to help the family with their current expenses and the girls’ current and future college expenses, or a charitable donation to Suzi’s beloved camps, Pinecrest Lutheran Leadership Ministries (
) and Camp Ma-He-Tu (
), or to any charitable organization they support.
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