Suzanne Arnowitz

9/3/2016

 

Suzanne Arnowitz, of Warwick, passed away after a long battle with cancer on September 3, 2016 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 58 years old.

Born on May 31, 1958 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, Sue was the daughter of Winifred Senger Hubner and the late Cornelius Hubner. She was a graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY.

She was married to Glenn John Arnowitz and is survived by her husband Glenn, daughters Kara Maria Arnowitz and her husband Matthew Thomas McKevitt and Lisa Frances Arnowitz; sisters Jennifer Wasek and husband Paul, Winnie Foster, Lisa Furciniti and husband Chuck, Amy Hubner, Francesca Polli; brothers Eric Hubner, Paul Hubner and wife Lynn, Peter Hubner; and nieces and nephews Amy Borecky, Kevin Foster, Keenan Foster (deceased), Danny, Kayti and Matthew Hubner, Evan, Janine and Natalie Wasek, Erik and Sarah Hubner, Ada Furciniti and David Polli.

Suzy loved to play guitar, write songs and sing ‘em. She blames that on her parents who taught her to sing “rounds” on long car rides along with her 8 siblings. She was a mainstay in the Hudson Valley music scene and also loved bird watching, gardening, painting, cooking (especially mac ‘n cheese), antiquing and road trip thrifting with her sister Winnie in her Fiat. Besides her family and friends Suzy’s best companion was her puppy Aurora, who was always by her side.

She cherished her family and especially her daughters. She left them this message: “Do you know how much you are loved? I love you everyday and twice on Sunday. You are my sunshine, my joy, my air. Always care for each other and please practice forgiveness, listening and mindfulness. Be happy! Be goofy and make life fun! And like I always say… spread the love around. Be fearless because God is always with you and so am I. I know that you will do great things in this world my darlings.”

Sue’s strength and resilience was due to her unwavering faith and her selfless concern for the well being of others. Sue was all about forgiveness, mercy and kindness. Her presence changed things and transformed people. A quote from one of her favorite songs says it all, “bitterness keeps you from flying, always stay humble and kind”.

A special thank you to the Cancer Center nursing staff at Orange Regional Medical Center whose compassion and care helped Suzy and her family in her final days.

Visitation will be on Monday, September 5th, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday at St. Stephen RC Church, followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery.

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I'm siting here in tears reading this about Suzy. From 2000 to 2004 I owned a coffeehouse in Cornwall called CasaJava. Suzy played her beautiful music accompanied by Mike Baglione, As a jazz buff I credit her for turning me on to the bluegrass /country style of her tunes. She filled the café with her beautiful voice and the gentle strumming of her guitar. She was amazing , may she rest in piece. Alex Arlequin
Alex Arlequin
4/11/2017
Dear Glenn & family, My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Sue. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Treasure the memories and special moments. Thinking of you all, please take care, Hugs and love, Karen Foley
Karen Foley
9/21/2016
Dear Aunt Winnie, Arnowitz Family and Hubner Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Suzy's passing. What a beautiful person she was and her light and spirit live on in her family. I was one of her first babysitters way back in the day, I say thank you for that privilege. Love to you all, we send prayers for serenity and peace; we know Suzy is always in your hearts. Love, Peggy
Margaret Cutrona (Peggy Cowell)
9/15/2016
I was deeply touched by the moving obituary. I was a classmate of Sue's at Marymount. Looks like Sue continued to live life to the fullest, replete with the values we shared as young coeds. I'm saddened by your loss and wish you comfort in the loving memories you must share. While we lost touch over the years, I will not forget Sue's beautiful laughter and joie de vivre. My deepest sympathies, Margie
Margie Slusher Lehrman'81
9/11/2016
Glenn, Kara, Lisa I was so saddened to hear of Suzie's passing. I know this is a difficult time and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Suzy was a great lady, always with a smile and a hug hello and she will always be right by your side. My favorite memory has been and will always be my favorite musical moment. We played the WVW Apple Blossom Bluegrass festival, probably around 2004. After doing out set, Suzy ran backstage and asked me and Joanne Leideger if she could sing Mother Natures Son, a Beatles time with us. While the stage was being prepared for the next act, the three of us accompanied by Perry Paletta on Mandolin sang an impromptu version in three part harmony. It was simple, it was clean and it was the most beautiful musical moment I've ever been a part of. The acts backstage stopped and listened. While I've sang that song a thousand times, that moment will live with me forever for its pure beauty. It never sounded as pretty before and never sounded as pretty after. God Bless you all and may he hold you close to his heart.
Vito Morgese
9/10/2016
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