Susanne Ward Obituary (1931 – 2022) – Florence, KY

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Susanne Ward (née Spittler), 90, of Florence Kentucky, died Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Rosedale Green under the peaceful support of Hospice Care of St. Elizabeth. Susanne lived her life to the full. She was a housewife, seamstress, knitter, jewelry designer, synchronized swimmer and a beautiful artist. With her art, she used every medium available and her favorite subjects were her family. But more importantly, she was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend.

Susanne, born in Cleveland, Ohio, discovered her talent in art at an early age and spent many years producing some of the finest paintings, lithographs, pottery and jewelry. Susanne studied painting and art at Notre Dame College Cleveland, Cleveland Institute of Art, St. John’s College Cleveland, Mount St. Joseph University and Northern Kentucky University, attending all art classes available. Her children have such fond memories of their mother spending hours in her basement workshop adjusting frames and stretching her own canvases, throwing clay on her potter’s wheel and baking her creations in his oven. His works have been exhibited at numerous local art shows in Greater Cincinnati, Cleveland, Ohio, Sun City, Florida and Sun City, Arizona. One of his greatest accomplishments was creating the original Norseman logo for Northern Kentucky University, which is the mascot for sporting events, as well as other university activities. Its logo design has been used for many years.

Susanne’s many careers included teaching art at Mount Carmel, Cleveland, sewing instructor at the Singers Sewing Shop, assistant bookstore manager at Northern Kentucky University, real estate agent for Century 21, and guide for the Taft Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum. She was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Red Hat Society, the Northern Kentucky Women’s Society (as Vice President), and numerous arts organizations (too numerous to mention). She was a longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington, Kentucky.

When not creating art, she was an avid bingo player and loved playing slot machines. She taught her nine children and countless grandchildren how to play penny ante poker (her favorite – Spit In The Ocean). She liked to attend art exhibitions, the opera and the symphony. She was a synchronized swimmer when she and her husband retired to Arizona, and her team won the Arizona Senior Olympics.

She is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Richard Ward, Genevieve Spittler (mother), Dr. Felix Spittler (father), Father Ernest Spittler (brother), Richard Spittler (brother) and Carol Menk (sister).

She leaves behind her nine children – Therese Stewart (James deceased), Carol Engleman (John), Susanne Britton (Stanley), Richard Ward (Billie), Timothy Ward (Donna), Jeanne Bloebaum (David), Thomas Ward (Lori) , Catherine Koop (Thomas) and Christine Kidd (Michael-deceased) and three brothers – Thomas Spittler (Joan), Felix Spittler (Claire), Quentin Spittler (Barbara-deceased) and 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Viewings will be Friday, March 18, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at Linnemann’s in Burlington, KY. A Catholic Mass will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington KY, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Michell, KY

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Hospice – St. Elizabeth Foundation.

Posted by Linnemann Funeral Home – Burlington from March 12 to March 13, 2022.

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