Susan K. ZurawskiMarch 1, 1955 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 62)
Susan K. Zurawski of Maumee passed away on May 15, 2017, from metastatic ovarian cancer, surrounded by family. She was the middle child of Dan and Nancy Zurawski, granddaughter of Joseph and Marie Glinka Zurawski, and sister to Judy (Toledo) and Mary Ellen Zurawski (St. Petersburg, FL). Sue credits her parents and grandma for guiding her in a strong Catholic faith and helping instill in her a strong work ethic that characterized her life and her work. A Toledo-born resident, she graduated from Gesu Grade School, St. Ursula Academy and The University of Toledo.A self-employed independent entrepreneur whose career spanned over 30 years, Sue literally had a front-row seat on Toledo history, raising funds and generating excitement for a variety of special events and campaigns that helped shape the Toledo landscape and be
yond.Sue created her own independent non-profit management business in 1991 and later expanded into forprofit work, helping clients with marketing solutions. She assisted a large range of clientele to build and develop success by substantially impacting revenues in their enterprises. Sue was part of the hometown team at CitiFest, Inc., producers of the original Rallies by the River and othercity-wide celebrations. She had the privilege to work with some of Toledo’s best and brightest and “old guard” on projects ranging from raising funds for the Annual Toledo International Rowing Regatta and the Philip LeBoutillier, Jr., Memorial Boathouse Capital Campaign; to raising grant funds for the historic renovation of The Valentine Theatre; to creating circus and hockey promotions atthe Toledo Sports Arena; to launching the Toledo Public Schools Foundation, thereby making possible many educational opportunities for students in the district. As proud as she was of her academic and professional accomplishments, including a Bachelor of Arts Degree (magna cum laude) and Master’s in Business Administration Degree (Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award recipient) from The University of Toledo, Sue was most at home with the simpler milestones — learning to row on the Maumee River and becoming part of the competitive Master’s Women’s Rowing team representing Toledo with the Toledo Rowing Club; found
ing and leading for 10 years an all-male investment club (Wildwood Investment Club, LLC); and teaching a workshop dedicated to empowering UTMC fourthyear medical students with personal marketing skills to create an effective medical CV to obtain the residency of their choice.The family would like to thank all of Sue’s caregivers for their care and compassion, especially Diane Mesteller, Diane Kornowa, Tony and Trish Barone, The Holbrooks, Jane Bruss, Debbie Monagan, Kathleen Ryan, and Jane Williams, along with the Ovarian Cancer Connection/Toledo, Comfort Keepers, Ebid Hospice, and Drs. Garth and Barbara Phibbs and staff. A Mass and Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at Gesu Roman Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Boulevard. Family and friends are invited an hour before the service at the back of the church for visitation. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery with arrangements by Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home (419-531-4424). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Ursula Academy or Gesu Church, or any one of Sue’s current charitable clients — Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, The Toledo Club Foundation, Toledo Choral Society, and the Toledo Symphony.