July 5, 2005
Nancy M. Sussman, a longtime Aspen resident, died June 27 in Tucson as a result of injuries suffered in an auto wreck. She was 85 years old.Nancy Vitale was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 16, 1920. She grew up and worked in New York and married Henry Sussman there in 1973. In 1975 the couple moved to Aspen and began their many years of volunteerism. Nancy volunteered as many as 40 hours per week in Aspen and Arizona. Among the organizations she gave her time to were the Aspen Valley Hospital gift shop, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Challenge Aspen, the Aspen Historical Society, Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 race, the Ducky Derby and the Food and Wine Classic. Nancy also worked at the Wildwood School child-care food program.In 1985 the Sussmans moved to Arizona for the winters and spent their summers in Aspen – or, as Nancy called it, “paradise.” After Henry’s death in 1998 Nancy continued to summer in Aspen. She was returning for the Food and Wine Classic when the wreck occurred.Nancy will be remembered by one of her frequent sayings: “If you want a friend, be a friend.” She was an accomplished cook and enjoyed entertaining.She is survived by many nieces and nephews; stepson Michael Sussman and his wife, Sharon, of Glenwood Springs; and a wide circle of friends.A memorial Mass and reception will be held at a later date. Donations in Nancy Sussman’s name may be made to the Aspen Valley Hospital volunteers or the Aspen Music Festival and School.