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Suzanne Dunne

January 31, 2018


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DUNNE, Suzanne Merrill Age 78, died peacefully in her sleep after a long illness at Sonoma Senior Living on January 31, 2018. Born November 24, 1939 in San Bernardino, CA, to Edward and Gladys Hausladen, she attended San Bernardino High School and graduated from Cottey College in 1960. On September 15, 1960, Suzanne married Jackie Lee Merrill. On August 4, 1984 she married her second husband Peter Francis Dunne. She lived in Rialto and after marrying Jack, moved to Northern California, ultimately settling in Sebastopol where she lived for 44 years. She worked as manager for Imperial Savings and then Bank of the West, where she was a branch manager for over 30 years until retiring in 2005. Suzanne attended St Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Sebastopol. She was an active member in PEO, an organization that supports the advancement of women. She started in the PEO Sisterhood Chapter of San Bernardino, CA. while at Cottey College. Suzanne will be especially remembered for her generosity, art has always been one of her favorite pastimes and most of us who knew her benefitted from her passion for gardening. She loved to travel and was quick to make friends wherever she went. Survivors include children- Sidney and LaVerne Merrill of Sonoma, CA, Morgan and Audrey Merrill of Westampton, NJ, Laurie and Eric Benson of Modesto, CA; grandchildren-Margot Merrill, Mason Merrill, Andrew Benson, Tyler Benson, Mia Caporal, Nicole Miller, Max Walker and five great-grandchildren. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents- Edward and Gladys Hausladen, her brother Merle Hausladen, her first husband Jackie Lee Merrill, and her second husband Peter Francis Dunne. Services and burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Rd, Sebastopol, CA. Relatives and friends are welcome immediately following the service at Gravenstein Grill, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA. Memorial contributions are welcome in lieu of flowers to American Alzheimer’s Association at Thanks to the staff at Sonoma Senior Living and Hospice by the Bay for their help and support.