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ALBANY - Suzanne Elizabeth Dudley, who resided in Albany, passed away unexpectedly in late December, 2017. She was 65. Previously she had lived in Saratoga Springs, Oneonta, Carmel, and Far Rockaway.
She was born in Saratoga Springs, on Aug. 9, 1952, the daughter of Arthur George Dudley, who passed away in 1997, and Mary Agnes Lazott, who passed away in 2011.
She was cherished by her brother, Arthur Thomas Dudley, her cousins once removed Rita Rogers Whitney, Mary Rogers Belle Isle, the late Michael Rogers, and the late Joseph Fennell and by many beloved second cousins.
Suzanne graduated from Oneonta High School in 1970, having distinguished herself through her singing talents in the varsity choir, numerous All-State vocal competitions and many OHS Drama Club productions.
Beginning in 1970, she attended the State University College at Oneonta, and subsequently graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor's degree in geological sciences. She later received secretarial training at the Katharine Gibbs College in New York City.
After returning in the 1980s to the Oneonta area, she married Michael Close of Norwich, with whom she had one son, Nicholas Neil Close. The marriage ended in divorce.
She worked for a number of upstate New York attorneys, including William Bookhout and Steven Feuer; for various retailers, including B. Altman & Company in New York; for Listener Magazine; and for Guyson Corporation, her last place of employment.
In her spare time, Suzanne was an avid reader, and in recent years she had taken up knitting, creating many lovely garments for family and friends.
Suzanne is survived by her son; her brother and his wife, Janet S. Dudley; niece, Julia M. Dudley; cousins; other family members and many beloved friends. Her keen mind, abiding love of music and loving, outgoing, incandescent personality will be forever missed by all who knew her.
Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 20, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, followed by a funeral service at noon. Spring interment will be in Saint Peter's Cemetery.
Donations in Suzanne's name may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Published on January 16, 2018
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