So Sorry to hear of your loss, I remember her from my years at Fitch, i graduated in 1975.
she will be missed by all.
Teresa Willis Baruffa
Posted: 01/22/2013 by Teresa Willis Baruffa of Pawcatuck, CT, USA
She was a great teacher and will truly be missed!
Posted: 01/13/2013 by Ramona of , WA,
Just learned of Suzanne's passing. Knew she was ill but few details. Didn't really worry because I knew her faith would guide and protect her as it is and will continue to do so. Suzanne has been a friend and colleague for over 25 yrs. and we both shared cat tales at least monthly. I hope "King Tut" is okay. We all now need to share Suzanne with someone she knows well. God Bless, Helen
Posted: 01/10/2013 by helen wichowsky of scotts valley, california, united states
My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you mourn Suzanne. It was my pleasure to work with her during her time with the Mystic River Chorale; one of the many ways she was extremely active in the community. Again, my condolences. Sincerely, Frank Martignetti Conductor Mystic River Chorale
Posted: 01/08/2013 by Frank Martignetti of New York, NY, United States
I have the greatest memories of Ms. Donch from 10th grade English at Augsburg High School. Oh, was she crazy about journal entries!!! Was fortunate enough to see her again, as an adult living in Connecticut. She looked so familiar - I said "Ms. Donch?" She said "Dawn Goralewicz?" I could not believe she remembered me after 25 years!!! Just goes to show what a remarkable teacher she was! Feel blessed to have been taught by her.
Posted: 01/08/2013 by Dawn Goralewicz of No. Stonington, CT, USA
I'll always have fond memories of Suzanne as a warm, gracious and big-hearted person. She will be missed.
Posted: 01/08/2013 by John Bourque of Kuala Lumpur, , Malaysia
Ms. Donch made such an impact on my life as one of my favorite teachers at Augsburg American High School. I am so lucky to have experienced role models such as Ms. Donch in my life. My prayers are with her family at this time.
Posted: 01/07/2013 by Linda Teenie Hollinger of Manchester, PA, USA
I was blessed to have worked with Suzanne for the last few years. We shared a mutual love of animals, and spent many a hour swapping tales of our favorite furry family members. She was a kind, gentle, loving soul who's passion for life and it's adventures inspired me. I will truly miss her.
Posted: 01/07/2013 by Liz Cole of Groton, CT,
What a wonderful tribute to Aunt Suzanne. Especially interesting were her early years in education. We always enjoyed her company. She was kind, thoughtful and very friendly. We will certainly miss her at the family events but feel grateful for the opportunity to have known her.
Posted: 01/07/2013 by Sue & Fran Timney of Brattleboro, VT, USA
It amazed me how Suzanne faced her limited mobility with such courage and grace. She never let the pain she had cast a shadow on her cheerful disposition. Another lesson she has taught. She will be missed at the Seaport.
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Tora Sterregaard of Norwich, CT, United States
I had the pleasure of meeting Aunt Suzanne at Heather and Troy's wedding where she did a reading at the ceremony. It was great to hear stories through Heather of Aunt Suzanne's wonderful life. She was a lovely lady and will surely be missed. My condolences to the family. Vanessa Sherrill
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Vanessa Sherrill of Phoenix, AZ, USA
I have been a neighbor of suzanne's family since 1976. It was a happy time when she moved back to Mystic from Germany. I will truly miss her as a wonderful neighbor. My thoughts and prayers to her family
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Jane Wilkins of mystic , ct, 06355
Very sad to hear of her passing. Ms. Donch was one of my my favorite teachers in Augsburg and a wonderful person. My thoughts are with her family as they deal with her loss.
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Michelle Pacheco of , California, USA
So sorry to hear about Ms Donch passing. She 'was a beloved teacher at Augsburg American High School...she taught with passion and full of excitement. I've been to Mystic several times and wished I had known this is where she settled. Glad to hear she continued to teach after her retirement... She touched so many lives.
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Corry Gonzales Schreck of Gainesville, VA, USA
I worked with Suzanne at the Seaport. Her pleasant manner, kind words, her pure gumption and fortitude, made everyday that I saw her better than it otherwise might have been. I know that I speak for all of my co-workers when I say that she will be missed.....
Posted: 01/06/2013 by Jeff rossi of Hope Valley , RI, USA
My condolences - I knew Ms. Donch for many years, as my father taught with her at Augsburg High School... I also had the privilege of being one of her students. She will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Daniela Mikerina of Colorado Springs, CO, US
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Donch. I attended Augsburg American High School and have fond memories of her. She was a wonderful person and teacher. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Nancy Adair Smith of Philadelphia, PA, United States
Ms. Donch was a wonderful teacher of mine in Augsburg who helped mold me into the person I am today.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Christine Charles of Stuttgart, , Germany
Suzanne was my godmother, and filled a special place in my heart. Always upbeat, she seemed to glide above mere mortal concerns. She had a love and zest for life that I don't see in too many other people...she always had a story to tell, and her life was filled with interesting people and adventures. Her presence in my life was ubiquitous, she was always there. I will really miss her....Until we meet again, "Ciao".
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Anna Sullivan of Mystic, Connecticut, United States
One of my favorite all-time teachers,she was gifted in that she had the patience required to be a true teacher.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Jim Krepfle of Tampa, Florida, USA
Suzanne was an active member of the local NARFE Chapter. She served many year on the Chapter Board and her experience, enthusiam and friendship will be greatly missed by all our members. We offer our deepest sympathy to Suzanne's family and friends.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Arthur Miller of Mystic, Ct.,
Thoughts and prayers!
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Karen Lorinsky of Houston, Texas, USA
The students at Augsburg were truly blessed to have her enter their lives. I too am one of the fortunate ones to have been blessed!
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Pamela Fleenor Harrell of San Antonio, , TX, USA
She was one very special lady. I knew her in Augsburg, and she was thrilled when we named our first daughter, 'Suzanne'. She never stopped calling her, 'My namesake'. She's one of those people who leave a footprint on your heart, and she was thought of no matter where I went or how long it's been since we've seen each other. The write-up was right in saying she has a vast amount of friends scattered all over the world. She lived a good life and touched so many people.
Posted: 01/05/2013 by Linda S. Williams of APO, AE, Germany
We were all blessed to have been part of Suzanne life. She has left us so many memories and excellent examples of how a life on Earth should be lived. Heather, Lynsey, and Chris march on in with her spirit and love of life.
Posted: 01/04/2013 by Ellie Connick of Melbourne, Florida, USA