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Obituary of Nancy S. (Scharfe) Suci

Nancy Scharfe Suci, 92, died peacefully at home on November 21, 2021. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 23, 1929 to Dorothy Reinhart and Siegfried Scharfe, but she knew Lester Reinhart to be her dad and he was Grandpa Les to the kids. She received a BA in psychology from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. While she was married to George Suci, they moved to Ithaca with the four kids in 1959. Both children of the depression, they raised us with great respect for furthering analytical thought, philosophy and education , but also with countless examples of self sufficiency. She knit us sweaters, mittens, sewed shirts from scratch. We had gardens with wide variety, some of which became pickles, dilly-beans, tomato juice and ketchup. We had lamb roasts and more than once, 35 whole heads of cabbage turning into sauerkraut in a barrel in the cellar. After raising the kids she and George were divorced, but remained friends. Nancy worked at ILR at Cornell with the old boxfuls of punchcards to program the computers. she went back to school for her Nurse’s license and worked at the Tompkins County Hospital on a surgical floor and then the mental health floor for 25 years until her retirement in 1998. She was a great outdoors lover. Camping, cross-country skiing, and hiking were a regular occurrence, especially with her daughter, Emily. They also took a few cross country trips. She was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and its treasurer for ten years She was a great listener and could discuss mathematics, science and philosophy with an analytical mind and indomitable spirit. Nancy participated in our democracy and dearly wanted it to function for the improvement for all. She is survived by her children Peter Suci of Bozeman, Montana (his sons Aron and Lester); Eric Suci, MIchael Suci (Tatiana Stanton, son Abel), and Emily Suci, of Ithaca. Three sisters: Leslie (and George) Male, Marta (and Bruce) Bloy, and Susan Reinhart. She was predeceased by their brother Rick Reinhart.

Don’t accept “no” until you have to and then move forward. Donations could be made towards research into Altzheimer’s. A memorial will be arranged at a future date.


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