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Susanne G. Brunell

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Susanne G. Brunell of Demarest, passed away at home on March 13th after an extended illness. Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1938, Susanne was 84 years old. She had a long career in the hospitality industry. Facile in many languages, she was an expert traveler, seeing much of the world during her life. Her home, however, was her destination of choice. There Susanne was a fastidious and welcoming host. She nurtured and welcomed guests as family. She always offered refreshments, conversations, coffee, and opinions! A true matriarch, known to her children and grandchildren as “Omi,” she formed deep, meaningful, supportive relationships with her family and community. Wherever she frequented, she was warmly greeted on a first name basis. Loving wife of Albert “Opi” Brunell, who passed away in 2007, she leaves behind her daughter Leslie Brunell and husband Joseph Corrado, her son Thomas Brunell and wife Joanne Dianas. She was proud and boastful of her four grandchildren, Sebastian and Seth Brunell and Emma and Sallie Corrado. Her absence will resonate within our hearts. Ciao Ciao, Omi, Vielen Dank!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the “Brunell Family Scholarship Fund for New Arrivals” at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.


Memorial Service: Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  1. Susie, I will miss you. We have traveled the world with Studiosus Reisen with my sister Annette and husband Gerd. They also miss you, as well my brother Otto and Margitta.
    For years we were bridge partners and did quite well.
    Lots of good Memories
    Love Jutta

  2. Jeanette and I visited Albert and Susanne every summer over many years in their home in Demarest. Usually there were ripe tomatoes in the garden and we were always given a bag of tomatoes to take home. They referred friends and neighbors from Demarest to me when I was an internist on the staff at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1971-1985). Susanne would give me some “feedback” and was sometimes critical and sometimes appreciative. She and I also shared memories of her father-in-law, Dr. Ernst Brunell, especially after she had come across some of his notebooks. Jeanette and I will miss her. Peter and Jeanette Schrag

  3. Sue was a gift. I met her in the Spring of 1964 when we bought our new homes in what was Senator Wakelee’s estate. She was not only a neighbor but became a good friend. I have wonderful memories of us playing bridge once a week with Sue, myself, Ann Friedman and Dorothy Clark. She was a great bridge player. We also played tennis and enjoyed many lunches, dinners. Most of all I thank Sue for getting me to join the Cresskill Senior Center Duplicate Bridge Group. Because of her I have made new friends I never expected to make in my senior years. I am eternally grateful to her. Sue was an awesome Wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend. She was always up front and told it as it was. I will miss her and her smile.

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