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Suzanne Mary Ackerman

  • On January 21, 2020

Suzanne Mary Ackerman, age 72, of Collier Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 20, 2020. Born on August 2nd, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Mary C. and Joseph Ackerman. Loving mother of Chris (Melissa) Mondzelewski, Todd (Lisa) Mondzelewski, and Andrew (Courtney) Mondzelewski; devoted grandmother to Sydney, Josh, Pete, Ellie, Ryan, Carter, Henry, and Grant; dear sister to Joanne (the late David) Geisinger and Jim (Linda) Ackerman.  And so many other family members and friends for whom she cared for deeply.

Suzanne grew up in Whitehall and attended Baldwin High School and then attended the University of Dayton, where notably she was a member of the Flyerettes, performing at Madison Square Garden in 1968.   After short stints living in Columbus, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg (where Chris was born), Sue and family settled back home in Pittsburgh.  When her boys were still young, Sue went back to get her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and then worked as the School Psychologist at Hopewell School District for many years.

Sue loved to travel. After she retired in 2013, she embarked on a cross country drive across the United States, visited the Galapagos Islands, and did several trips through Europe.   She visited Chris and Todd when their families lived abroad in China and Japan, respectively.   She frequently met her dear college friends for reunions in many different locations.  And of course, she was a frequent visitor to her sons and grandchildren in Nashville, Coronado, and Chicago.  Even more than her love of travel, Sue loved children. In her retirement years she treasured the opportunity to rock babies in need at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Sue will be missed by all.

A private prayer service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 1st.  In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to brain cancer research through UPMC Hillman (https://hillmanresearch.upmc.edu/giving/) or UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital (mageewomens.org/support)in Suzanne Ackerman’s name.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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  • Jan 21 2020
Our love and prayers are with the family and so happy I had the honor of meeting Sue when she was visiting her family in Coronado. She lit up a room with her beautiful spirit. Much love, Vince & Piper
Denise Deceder
  • Jan 23 2020
I was so saddened to hear about Sue’s passing. I was so lucky to have had her as Hopewell’s school psychologist, she was such an advocate for our students and a true professional. I considered her my friend even though our only connection was at work. Bless you, Sue.
Marcy Pocci
  • Jan 23 2020
This journey has been heart-breaking. I am so grateful to have spent many hours, days and weeks with my treasured friend through this illness ~ it was a gift. She was such a calming influence in my life for the past 14 years and now that I have no choice but to do this life without her, I am determined to make her proud. She was a lover of life and always sought out fun and adventure, always with an incredible smile on her face! You will forever be in my heart! Rest in Peace. My love and prayers are with all the incredible family and friends during this difficult time and always.
Joyce Beachler
  • Jan 23 2020
My deepest sympathies and prayers for peace. I always admired this beautiful woman for her resilience, her strength, and sweet spirit. Joyce Beachler
Michele Grandovic
  • Jan 23 2020
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Sue was an amazing school psychologist, a caring and compassionate lady and a dear friend. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will always treasure her friendship. Michele Grandovic
Mary Bonczek
  • Jan 23 2020
You have my deepest sympathy. Suzanne will be missed at Bunco, HH and “Wine dancing” she was a nice neighbor. Life is so short we have to enjoy each day. Mary Bonczek
Terry Carlton
  • Jan 23 2020
Suzie, You enriched my life. I will remember you always. May you rest in peace. Love, Terry Carlton
Tom DeSplinter
  • Jan 23 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and her family. She was always so welcoming to Andrew’s friends and made us feel like part of the family.
Lucia Federico
  • Jan 23 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Suzanne’s passing. I met Suzanne five years ago in San Diego when she visited her son and family and I would spend two months there to get away from my Montreal winters. We would meet in February and went for walks together and the occasional dinner dance. I have very fond memories of Suzanne. I have a few lovely pictures of Suzanne which I’ll post on her Facebook page. My sincere condolences to all her family.
Susan Glor-Scheib
  • Jan 23 2020
My dear graduate school friend, Sue helped me through our doctoral program at Pitt. We first talked at a playground in Mt Lebanon, her with Andrew and me with Brady. We had both brought a simply awful textbook, with little intention of actually reading it at the park, but we were meant to find each other. We were fast friends, helpmates, ridesharers, and just amazing friends throughout our 6 years of grad school, and we each celebrated with our respective friends and families at each other's graduation parties. I saw Sue several times before I retired and we moved to Florida, but we stayed in touch on Facebook, and occasionally played Words with Friends. My heart goes out to her wonderful family and other dear friends who will miss her as much as I will. Thank you, Chris, for posting her obituary, I will be remembering our good and tough times back in the 80's when we persevered and helped each other like sisters!
Samuel H. Robinson
  • Jan 23 2020
Chris,Todd and Andrew so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing your Mother. She was a great person. Samuel H. Robinson
Margaret and Jon Fullinwider
  • Jan 24 2020
Chris, Todd and Andrew - My heart is so sad to learn of your mother’s passing. We were such good friends when we lived next door to your family on Parkridge Lane. Chris and Todd, I remember you so well racing down your steep driveway with the Daniel boys on your ‘big wheels’. Andrew and our oldest daughter Trisha were born when we lived next door. Suzie knew all my new-mom questions before I even asked. She is our daughter Erin’s godmother. She was a special gal pal and we’d get together when she came out to Coronado. I will always cherish our friendship - and miss her so. With fondness to all of your families.
Marlene McMahon
  • Jan 30 2020
Marlene McMahon
  • Jan 30 2020
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Andy, many prayers and hugs to you and your family! ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻
Jennifer Harich
  • Jan 31 2020
My sympathies to the family. I worked with Sue. She was an amazing lady.May she rest in peace. ~Jen Harich
The Dreyers
  • Feb 1 2020
May flights of angels guide thee to thy rest.
Vicki Serratore Whitelaw
  • Feb 6 2020
How sad to learn of Suzie's death. We sat together at our 50th High School Reunion and shared laughs about our high school days. We had not seen each other for 50 years, but her wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile were exactly the same. My deepest sympathy to her family.