Suzanne E. Krpalek Black

  • Born: October 26, 1956
  • Died: June 12, 2017
  • Location: Happy Valley, Oregon

Fisher Funeral Home Inc

306 Washington Street SW
Albany, OR 97321
Tel. (541) 928-3349

Tribute & Message From The Family

Suzanne Elizabeth Krpalek Black, 60, formerly of Albany, died suddenly on June 12, 2017 at her home in Happy Valley, Oregon with her partner, Dan Dutton at her side. She had battled her diabetes the last several years and died of complications of this terrible disease. Suzy was born October 26, 1956 in Albany, Oregon to her parents, John and Edith Krpalek. She spent her early years attending St. Mary's School, Memorial Middle School and West Albany High School. She enjoyed being involved in Girl Scouts and as a counselor for Outdoor School. She was a gifted musician, and enjoyed belonging to West Albany's choir. She loved music. During her graduation, she surprised all of her family by playing the guitar and singing to her classmates and others in attendance. The family was so proud of her. Suzy continued her education at Oregon State University pursuing a teaching degree. She loved children and would have made a terrific teacher but her artistic side moved her in a different direction. She pursued floral and craft design, which included traveling to different cities as a buyer and designing the store displays during the major holidays for Oregon Craft and Floral, and Michaels. She retired her professional career with Frank Adams Wholesale Florists. Along Suzy's life journey, she made many friends and enjoyed their relationships. She was a honest, genuine, thoughtful, caring and a generous person. She had a great sense of humor and wit around her friends. She always loved children, and surrounded herself with her nieces, nephews and cousins growing up. She touched so many lives in such a positive way. She loved Dan, her family, her friends, her dogs, Kalypso and McKenzie, and her cat, Drexler (Named after Clyde). Fishing and crabbing, sightseeing, traveling, camping, gardening, along with sporting events, were some of her favorite things. She was a great OSU Beaver and Portland Trailblazer fan. Her game day parties were always "the event". She played host and provided everyone a day to remember with her exceptional cooking and baking skills. She always credited her Mother for teaching her the skills of canning, baking and cooking at her early age. She made so many people happy! Suzy had a heart of gold and was so caring. However, her life really became fulfilled about eight years ago when she met the love of her life, Dan. They both met at an OSU Beaver event and they became inseparable from that day forward. Her Christian faith was always strong. She was a great example on how to live life and treat all people with love and respect. The Golden Rule was always in effect. The family thanks the many people that were involved with Suzy's health care during these past years. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith Krpalek. She is survived by her partner, Dan Dutton, Happy Valley, OR; one sister, Judy Mespelt of Albany; three brothers, Greg Krpalek, (Mary), of Albany; Bill Krpalek, (Hedy)of Springfield; and Tim Krpalek of Albany; two aunts; Erma Pratt of Salem, OR; Marion Eddy of Lincoln City area; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family thanks everyone for their support and love. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following in C/O Fisher Funeral Home: The Oregon Diabetic Association; SafeHaven Humane Society; or the OSU Foundation. The Celebration of Suzy's Life will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albany this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 AM. The Rosary will be at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany this Thursday, June 22nd at 5:30 PM. Online condolences for the family can be posted at: Memories of Suzy will provide a nice legacy for the family and for all of her friends that loved her.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Suzy and I were friends for more than 30 years, we spent many a weekend with my two boys Travis & Brandon doing silly things like going camping at 10pm at night in Sisters Oregon, going to the Tractor museum, playing at the video arcade at Lancaster mall, making crazy themed meals (young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, karate kid, to name just a few) with the movie playing during the meal.
We spent many weeks Working together on store set up teams in California & Oregon for Oregon Craft and Floral, driving the company Lincoln all over Los Angeles and working insane hours getting stores opened on time through earthquakes roof collapses and plane crashes, building Christmas Castles and glittering everything in sight. Creating awesome Halloween displays and costumes and every holiday decoration.
Crazy trips to Vegas were we had to make sure Suzy at least drank orange juice while she sat for hours st the black jack tables.
Our condo in Keizer and our places in Portland were always the site of the best parties. Suzy could create a party out of just about anything.
We lost touch for awhile after her marriage to Tim and reconnected about 2 years ago. I am so glad we were able to get away to the beach this spring after our health scares this last year.
We will always remember her for her style, humor and love.
I will miss you forever my sweet Suzy

Posted by Cyndi Parrish (Cieloha) - Portland, Gresham, Salem, OR - friend   June 22, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of Suzy's passing, what a sweet and loveable person she was. I'll miss her terribly. R.I.P. my sweet angel, until we meet again.

Posted by Geoff Pugh - Huntington Beach, CA   June 21, 2017

Suzy was a sweet loving lady, and a great companion to Dan. She is truly missed. RIP Suzy.

Posted by Trudi Widmer - Scappoose   June 20, 2017

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God is thinking thoughts of peace towards us, to give us a future and a hope, may He support you at this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   June 20, 2017

The family thanks you and we are sorry for your loss too. Suzy was always a giver. She did love her Beavers.
Suzy's brother,
Greg Krpalek
Go Beavs!

Posted by Greg Krpalek    June 19, 2017

I am so sorry that I am unable to attend. 2 days after Suzy passed, my brother in Indiana passed. I've known Suzy for the past 25 years. It was with absolute heartbreak that I experienced upon hearing of her passing. I will miss the "many" conversations we had mainly involving her beloved OSU Beavers. Suzy was a great friend. Always willing to give than to receive.
To Suzy's family, I offer prayers and deepest sympathies.
As Suzy and I would end almost all of our conversations, Go Beavs...

Posted by Bill Paquette    June 18, 2017

Hi Cyndi,
The family really appreciates you comments on our Suzy. We will miss her.

Posted by Greg Krpalek    June 18, 2017

Hi Kyle,
Thanks for sharing. The family really appreciates your message.

Posted by Greg Krpalek    June 18, 2017

Hi Michael:
Thank you so much for the nice message you provided for our family on Sister Suzy. We really appreciated it. We really miss her.
Brother Greg and family.

Posted by Greg Krpalek    June 18, 2017

Suzy got to celebrate many a Christmas with us in the Dutton family. She was always giving, gracious with her time and humble in her words. She was a welcome extension to our family and we'll definitely miss her.

Posted by Kyle Dutton    June 18, 2017