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Mary Suzanne Krenrich Mathews was born on August 11, 1946 to Edward and Bernice Krenrich. She grew up on Ostrander Ave in Syracuse, NY with older brother Robert. In those days she was known to family and friends as Suzy. She reminisced often of ice skating, playing with best friend Judy, summer vacations at a cottage on the lake, eating fudgies on the porch with her Dad and her momma’s spaghetti sauce.
Suzy transitioned to being called Sue in college. She met her husband of 46 years, Patrick Mathews, on a blind double date arranged by her best friend Carol and boyfriend Ed. She still remembered the song they danced to on that first date and it was playing as she took her last breaths, “Ebb Tide” by the Righteous Brothers. She celebrated the anniversary of that first date every year and ironically that is the date that she left this world to rejoin her husband.
Patrick encouraged Sue to audition for a rock-n-roll band in the early 1970’s. She rocked the audition and sang lead vocals at numerous gigs in upstate NY. She treasured that time in her life. Music is deep seeded in her soul. Her mother even said she came out of the womb singing!
After the band, she transitioned to Banking where she was known as Suzanne. She progressed from Teller to Branch Manager to Sr Auditor. She cherished the friendships made with co-workers. It was during this time that she joined a tennis league and became part of the “Ya-Yas” circle of friends. Beyond playing tennis, they went on vacations together, celebrated numerous life events, and remained close over 40 years.
When she retired from banking she returned to her love of entertaining and joined the Rock Bottom Players in Binghamton. She took tap dance lessons and voice lessons and received many lead parts in multiple productions.
Pat and Suzanne retired to Venice Florida, where Suzanne found another fabulous group called the Silver Foxes. Once again, her auditions earned her solo performances and she forged many lovely friendships.
Suzanne moved to California in 2018 to live closer to her daughter, Marielle, and Son-In-Law, Doug. It was here that she became known as “Little Mama”. She enjoyed watching her son-in-law drummer perform with multiple bands and would make guest appearances with tambourine and her signature dance moves.
Whether you knew her as Suzy, Sue, Suzanne, Aunt Sue, or Little Mama you knew she was one kind, funny, sweet, generous, silly, sporty, classy, sexy, resourceful, liberal, accepting, honest, loving, strong, creative, talented and passionate person. You can’t help but smile to think of her and feel blessed to have known her. She will remain in many hearts for years to come.
The family would like to thank the staff of “With Grace, Hospice” for their professionalism, empathy, and exemplary care, especially Rita.
She will be laid to rest at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida next to her husband. A celebration of life will be held in Venice, Florida on August 13th. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to dementia research. Donate - Dementia Society of America (charityproud.org)