Ladies and gentlemen, Suzanne has left the building. She transitioned to heaven on Aug. 25, 2020, 78 years young, after an accidental stumble in mid-July on her morning walk.
Suzanne (Suzy) Auvil was born in San Francisco and lived most of her life in Oregon on Fairview Lake, where she enjoyed the nightly sunsets and cruises on their party barge. She graduated from Saint Mary’s Academy in 1960 and attended Portland State University, graduating in 1965, where she met her husband, Dale, of 56 years. He won her heart in bowling class after buying her a Payday candy bar, the catalyst of a wonderful marriage and unforgettable life together. She became an elementary school teacher in the Centennial School District for 30 years. In her professional career she was actively involved with the Oregon Education Association and National Education Association.
Suzanne was the definition of a jetsetter, traveling to more than 50 countries (yes, we counted) on every continent but Antarctica and almost all 50 states. She never missed an opportunity to attend or host a party; she welcomed everyone into her home. She was very engaging and could be found playing golf with her golf girls, pinochle with the girls, playing poker at the park, heading out with the RV group or planning her next vacation with the Cruisin’ Cuties. She loved her grandsons immensely and attended every school event, golf tournament and basketball game. She was everyone’s friend; she always made time for you and made you feel special.
She is survived by her husband, Dale, and sons Darrell and wife Samantha and Michael and wife Julie. She is also survived by grandsons Dawson, 14, and Benjamin, 11; sister, Janet (Kim) Stoltz and brother Phillip (Linda) Van Zeipel; sister-in-law, Linda Van Zeipel, and brother-in-law, Calvin (Rhoda) Auvil; and many, many nieces, and nephews. Preceding her in death were her son Stephen (1975); parents, Ralph (2008) and Joan (1975); and brothers Barrett (2019) and Martin (2003) Van Zeipel.
There will be a celebration of life for Suzanne in the spring when the pandemic passes. In her honor, please enjoy some of her favorite Elvis songs: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Love Me Tender,” “Always on My Mind,” “Return to Sender,” “My Way” and “That’s All Right.” Thank you, thank you very much. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, or please correct any imperfection in your sidewalk.