On Nov. 14, 2008, Susan Gould Stotzer made her Journey Home. She was no doubt welcomed by her loving husband, Don Anthony Stotzer; her parents, Allen and Mildred Gould; and by her many other friends and relatives who preceded her on Triumphant. and Jr., world gardener. time immensity to many this Journey.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 22, 1932, Susan graduated from Piqua High School, in Piqua, Ohio, in 1950. She went on to attend the Dayton Art Institute before transferring to Ohio State University, where she became an avid Buckeye fan, joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1954.
During her span on this earth, Susan acquired many talents, which she is continuing to share with others for all eternity. A gifted artist, seamstress, and sculptress, Susan has left here with us many examples of her art in painting, sculpture, sweaters, cross-stitch, crochet, ornaments, and jewelry.
Susan’s love of music led her to share her beautiful Contralto singing voice as a member and soloist in the Ohio State University choir; a member and soloist in the Archbold United Methodist Church choir; and as a member of the Piqua High School Skylarks vocal ensemble. Her gift of music led Susan to direct the Archbold Methodist Church children’s choir and provide music education for the church’s vacation Bible program.
Susan instilled her love of music, art, travel, and family in her four children, Laura (Allen) Seed, of Memphis, Tenn., Jonathan (Stephanie) Stotzer of Tiffin, Andrew Stotzer of Blue Ash, and Dane (Linda) Stotzer of Medina.
Susan is now lending her melodious Contralto voice to the Choir Triumphant.
Susan’s sister, Janet Gray, and her brother, Allan B. Gould Jr., remember her fondly as a world traveler, animal lover, and gardener. Susan now has all the time she desires to explore the immensity of God’s creation, and to renew her friendship with the many pets in her life.
As a 12th-generation direct descendant of Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins, and Elizabeth Hopkins, of the “Mayflower,” Susan has been a proud family historian, who now has the opportunity to meet the ancestors she has so diligently cataloged throughout her life.
Grandchildren David Seed, Victoria Lynch, Amanda Miller, Laura Stotzer, and Lydia Stotzer, cherish their Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Glen Lake visits with their “Nana,” and remember Susan as avid reader, and puzzle-doer. Her gift of memories and traditions will forever affect those she touched.
Gone, but not forgotten; the Tapestry of Heaven and Earth is enriched by Susan’s love of family, faith, art, and music; by gifts she shared with family and friends; and by the memories which, through us, she continues to share all those things which make her a unique and caring individual.
Visitation with the family will be held at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker Street, Archbold, from 2 to 6 pm on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Archbold Fire Department or to the Archbold United Methodist Church Maintenance.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisi erfh.com.