Age 56, of Claymont, DE, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 8, 2009, while vacationing with friends in Bethany Beach, DE.
She was born October 13, 1952 in Fort Lee, VA, the daughter of Edward K. and Mary (Edwards) Wollenberg, and grew up in Chesterfield Co., VA, near Richmond. She was a 1974 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. For more than 30 years Suzi was a folk music radio host and concert presenter in Delaware and Pennsylvania. In 1977 she became one of the original hosts of "Roots", the long-running folk music show on WVUD at the University of Delaware, broadcasting her final show only a few days before her passing. As president of the Green Willow Folk Club over the last two decades she brought to Delaware folk performers from many countries, especially Ireland, Scotland and England. Since 1995 she was a board member of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music. Suzi was also active in the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and was a Friend of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Suzi worked as a Music Therapist for more than 30 years at the Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in New Castle and was devoted to her colleagues and to the children entrusted to her care. She delighted in connecting her personal and professional interests by bringing many Green Willow performers to meet and perform for the Terry Center children she loved to work with.
Suzi was predeceased by her parents and a brother, David Wollenberg. She is survived by her husband, John Lupton of Claymont, DE; a sister, Melissa Pusch and her husband Bob Hill of Boyds, MD; a brother, John Wollenberg and his wife Connie of Pensacola, FL; and her uncle, James Edwards Jr. of Manchester, NH Her passing is also mourned by friends and musical associates across the United States and in many countries.
A memorial service for Suzi will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 1 pm, at the Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. The family will receive guests in the funeral home starting at 12 noon. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Green Willow Folk Club, PO Box 15053, Newark, DE 19711-5053; and WVUD, Perkins Student Ctr., Univ. of DE, Newark, DE 19716.