Suzy Cutler Literature was 'like air' to passionate Bernards High School teacher; shared her love of books with students for over 34 years Suzanne "Suzy" Cutler passed away on Oct. 13, 2016. She was 69 years old. Friends and family are invited to a visitation in memory of Suzy at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, N.J., on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Suzy was born on Feb. 23, 1947, to her exceptional parents, C. Russell and Muriel R. Bengtson in Middletown, Conn., a wonderful place in which to grow up with her beloved sister, Judy, a.k.a. "Strom." Suzy's ties to Connecticut included her love of Clinton, where she spent so many enchanted summers and where she always said her essence dwelled. Suzy graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1965 and Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., in 1969. She taught in Bloomfield, N.J., for six years after which her career continued at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J. At Bernards High, she was honored by her colleagues as a "Teacher of the Year," by the student council as "Teacher of the Year" in 2008, by a senior class who chose her to be commencement speaker, and by the National Honor Society as an honorary faculty inductee, and was recognized for her outstanding support of the Service Learning Program. She also served as adviser for both the student council and the creative writing magazine, Pinnacle, for many years. This year, Suzy was selected for the Wall of Honor at Bernards High. Suzy had a passion for literature which was "like air" to her and a cherished gift from her mother. She transferred that love of books to her students over her 34 years of teaching, another true love. She retired in 2013, still feeling excited each morning as she drove in to the parking lot of Bernards High School to share another day with her students and colleagues. Suzy is survived by her wonderful son, Alex, and wife Hilary, and three grandchildren, Blake, Hayden, and Graham of Atlanta, Ga.; her cherished sister, Judy, and her husband, Ray, of Basking Ridge, N.J., and her nieces, Elizabeth and Kate, and their families. Also surviving Suzy are her "sisters by heart" and many dear, dear family and friends who supported her with such love during her final illness. In lieu of flowers, Suzy would have liked donations made to the VNA of Somerset Hills, the Bernards Township Library, or Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption.
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