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Susan Jane Frisk

Susan (Suzie) Frisk passed away January 11, 2016, after a seven-month battle with uterine cancer. She was born November 14, 1936 to Daniel and Eunice Guterman in Bennington, Vt.

In 1946 she moved, with her parents and brother, Carl, to Greenfield, Mass. They moved again in 1952, this time to Los Angeles where Suzie graduated from University High School in 1955. She went on to college at USC and graduated in 1959 with a Master's in elementary education.

Suzie belonged to the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, through which she met her future husband, who worked in the college cafeteria. She and Charles (Chuck) Frisk were married November 25, 1960 and remained devout fans of USC football.

In 1966 they adopted a child at her birth, and named her Tamara Jane Frisk. During these early years of marriage, Chuck and Suzie taught school in Orange County, Calif. Chuck went on to become an elementary school principal. In 1970, the couple discovered the beauty of southern Oregon and decided it would be best to raise their daughter there. Together, they built a home on a 50-acre farm in Sams Valley, which will remain in the family for years to come.

Suzie began teaching immediately at the school where her husband served as principal, Central Point Elementary. She then went on to teach at Sams Valley Elementary until her retirement in the late 1990s. She was involved in several women’s groups including AAUW and Beta Sigma Phi, and loved socializing with everyone. She, Chuck, and Tamara spent many years traveling in their motorhome, attending USC football games, waterskiing, growing hay, raising cattle, and grew a very successful garden each summer.

After retiring, Chuck and Suzie purchased a lot in an RV resort in Palm Springs, spending approximately six months each year there, enjoying new friends, the pool, and of course, the sunny weather. Suzie’s number one passion was undoubtedly education but she also had many skills including knitting, sewing, playing the piano, and waterskiing. She will always be remembered for her impeccable handwriting, always in red pen.

Suzie is survived by her daughter, Tamara Hammond and her son-in-law, Laird Heidebrink, both of Medford, Ore.; her brother, Carl Guterman and his wife, Louise Guterman of Rocklin, Calif.; and two grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Rosemary (Rozi) and Charles (Chaz) Hammond, also of Medford, Ore.

A catered celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Rd., Medford. All friends and family are cordially invited to attend.

At the end of her life, Suzie began donating to a homeless ministry called Tailgate Ministries. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Suzie’s name may be made to Tailgate Ministries, P.O. Box 1563, Medford, Ore 97501.

Susan Jane Frisk