August 14, 1948 – September 15, 2013
Obituaries » SUSAN SAVAGE
SAVAGE, SUSAN FLATOW, 65, of Calais, Isle La Motte and Colchester, passed away peacefully at her home on September 15, surrounded by her gardens, adoring dog and loving family. She spent her final days with her family around her, including her husband of 36 years, Stuart Savage, daughter Erin Savage, along with her wife, Susan Lien, and daughter Ellie, son Jonathan Savage and son Andrew Savage and his wife, Morgan Hillenbrand Savage. After being diagnosed with cancer in early 2011, with the enduring support of Stuart and her family, Sue met and then exceeded each goal she set for herself as she underwent treatment: to dance at her son’s wedding, be present for the birth of her first grandchild and host her family for Christmas. Sue and Stuart raised their kids on Apple Hill in Calais. Sue tended vegetable and flower gardens and loved her family pets. She befriended many Calais neighbors as family. She loved to paint, read, play cards, and her family always marveled at how she could turn any seed or stem into a vibrant plant. She also made a wicked dilly bean. Sue loved to swim in nearby ponds, sled and read outdoors if the sun was out, even in a chair placed in the late-winter snow. One of her greatest joys was seeing the closeness of the three children she raised. She loved her daughters-in-law and the joy they brought to her kids. She and Stuart loved to travel and adventure together. They enjoyed summer days at their camp on the east shore of Isle La Motte. Sue was born in Stamford, Conn., on Aug. 14, 1948, to William “Pops” Flatow and Betty Cadden Flatow, and is survived by two older brothers, Peter and Rick. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1970 and was married to Stuart, of Rutland, on July 24, 1976, at her parents’ home in Ludlow. Sue was a counselor at a group home for teens associated with the Laraway School in Johnson. She later was co-founder of Vermont Grasses, making grass ornaments, and was active in Vermont Hand Crafters. After receiving her master’s degree from Lyndon State College, she was a hardworking school counselor at Northfield Elementary, followed by Hardwick Elementary and finally Greensboro Elementary.