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Suzanne Warren Frutchey “Sue”

Suzanne passed away Sept. 29, 2021, and joined her husband, Bob, in the heavenly music room playing French Horn duets. Despite being fully vaccinated, Suzanne passed away after a breakthrough of COVID-19.  Born Jan. 11, 1935 in Lansing, Michigan, Sue graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor and Master of Art. While in college, Sue played the French Horn in the women’s marching and concert bands, orchestra and sang in the acapella choir. Sue was a member of the Tau Beta Sigma women’s music honorary. Bob and Sue were married for 56 years enjoying music, travel, and family activities – and most importantly their love for each other. Ask one of us how they met! Sue was a teacher in the Akron and Barberton Public Schools and was recognized as a Jennings Scholar. In her later career, she developed the Substance Abuse and Addiction Prevention program for the Barberton Public Schools and wrote award-winning curricula that were presented in schools across the country. Sue was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Community Band and Bethany Band, and supported Bob’s work with the Kiwanis and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton where she sang in the choir and served in the Soup Kitchen. She also maintained her active membership in the Summit County Retired Teachers Association, and was an early supporter of the Barberton Mum Fest. Sue enjoyed all types of handcrafts, music and playing with her two cats. She wanted to leave something special for her family, so she designed and made 12 quilts for each child and grandchild. She busied herself by hand-knitting scarves for her caregivers and friends. Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carl Frutchey, parents, Dr. Kenneth and Caroline Warren, and infant brother William. She is survived by her children Kenneth (Lynne) of Fullerton, California; Kris Becker (Steve) of Vancouver, Washington; and Robert (Heidi) of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Grandchildren: Lindsay (Austin), Katherine; Karsten, Alayna, and Jensen; Robby (Alyssa), Benjamin (Roxann), Sam (Sarah), and Maddy (Logan); and three great-grandchildren: Robert Davis, Emma Marie, and Grayson Samuel.  All of whom she loved and touched deeply.  Please join the family in celebration of her life at First Presbyterian Church of Barberton Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.

1 Comment

  1. David Pinegar on September 9, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I knew this lady as her husband was my band teacher.
    The world was truly blessed when a woman of immense capabilities met challenges head on.
    As they say of the accomplished, she checked all the boxes.



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