Sunday, March 26, 2023


Suzanna D. Otto


Suzanna D. Otto, 94, formerly of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully on June 2. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Stuart Otto, who passed away in 2018.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Catharina de Nooijer. She completed nursing school and graduated from Zuiderziekenhuis in Rotterdam and then spent two additional years in Liden where she completed her degree in nursing obstetrics. In 1955, she and a friend set off to explore the United States aboard the SS Rotterdam into Boston. With a temporary work visa, they became employed as registered nurses at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (Brigham Hospital) in Boston. She then met her lifelong partner Stuart and never looked back. They were married in 1963 in Paris and then settled in Stamford, raising their two daughters.

In 1974, she started a new career as a law librarian for Cummings and Lockwood until she retired after 20 years. In 1995, she and Stuart retired to Old Saybrook and spent 21 years in this beautiful shoreline town before moving to Ashlar Village in Wallingford. She enjoyed traveling, needlepoint, knitting, and was an avid reader and gardener. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family and was a long-time member and volunteer at the Old Saybrook Historical Society and the First Church of Christ.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Christoph) Bruehwiler of Old Saybrook and June (Bill) Gordon of Harwinton; four grandchildren, Scott, Mitchel, Allison, and Elizabeth; and her two sisters, Ina Schot of Zierikzee and Koos (Dick) Copper of Rotterdam.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the First Church of Christ in Saybrook, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Donations in her honor can be made to the Old Saybrook Historical Society, 350 Main Street, P.O. Box 4, Old Saybrook, CT, 06475.

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