Suzanna E. Goodman (1931-2022)

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 2:15pm
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Suzanna E. Goodman (Gebhard), long time summer resident of Block Island, passed away on August 11, 2022 at the age of 91. Suzanna first came to Block Island with her parents, Bruno and Gertrude Gebhard, and her two sisters, Dorothy and Ursula, in 1945 at the age of 14. She later introduced her husband, Dr. Alvin I. Goodman (1929- 2017) to the island in 1953 where they became engaged to be married, thus beginning their long love affair with Block Island.

Suzanna is survived by her five children, Nadine Goodman, Derek Goodman, Danielle Sayet, Leslie Monieson, and Reva Cotter; her 14 grandchildren, Jacinta Gonzalez Goodman, Andres Gonzalez Goodman, Isael Gonzalez Goodman, Shayna Goodman, Hannah Goodman, Chaim Goodman, Baruch Goodman, Janelle Isaia Kelso, Stephanie Isaia, Alexander Isaia, Aaron Monieson, Sarie Monieson, Liam Cotter, Brianne Cotter; and her three great grandchildren, Milo Gonzalez Hayes, Lucia Gonzalez Hayes, and Ayelen Paredes Gonzalez.

Suzanna was born in Dresden, Germany on February 7, 1931. She immigrated with her family to the United States in 1937, eventually settling in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After completing high school, she attended Miami University in Ohio where she majored in psychology. She and her husband, Dr. Alvin I. Goodman, first met on a ship bound for Geneva, Switzerland during her junior year studying abroad. After returning to school and graduating from Miami University in 1953, the couple married on September 27 that year at her parents’ home in Shaker Heights. While her husband pursued his career as a medical doctor, Suzanna helped raise their five children and maintained a career in volunteerism. She was the president of the Westchester Medical Center Auxiliary Board where she assisted in raising funds for aid programs managed by the medical center. In 1987 she was recognized by New York Medical College for her long and dedicated voluntary service to the community.

During this time, Suzanna and her family continued to travel to Block Island in the summers, often renting a small cottage on Corn Neck Road. They then bought their first home on Spring Street where the family cared for their horses and often rode them in shows on the island. As the family grew, Suzanna and Alvin moved to a new home on Cooneymus Road where their children continued to ride horses, partake in activities at the Block Island Club, and work local summer jobs. Suzanna welcomed her grandchildren to the home every summer and found joy in creating a home base on the west side of the island for years to come. When Suzanna and Alvin were not traveling the world together, they spent their time taking their children to Mansion Beach and eventually, their grandchildren to Scotch Beach. Suzanna was known to enjoy a mudslide and apricot bars from the Bagel Shop from time to time. She also loved going out to eat at the local restaurants on the island with her family and friends. She never shied away from chitchatting with anyone who crossed her path on all topics ranging from the weather to politics. Suzanna found happiness in seeing her grandchildren grow and succeed in their lives and careers. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her quick wit and inquisitive personality will be deeply missed.

As we reflect on the life of Suzanna, we join her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in remembering her legacy. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Block Island Medical Center, P.O. Box 919, New Shoreham, R.I. 02807 and the Block Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 84, Block Island, R.I. 02807.