Thursday, July 20, 2017
Susan Lowenthal of Westport died July 11. She was 70.
She was born in a German displaced persons camp in 1946, migrated to the United States at age 3, and lived in New York City until moving to Westport in 1994 and starting a gift basket business with her husband.
When a customer ordered a beauty-product basket, she and her husband created Accents Naturally, a line of skincare packaged in fine crystal containers.
She eventually became a freelance consultant to the creative industries, working on product design, packaging, repurposing, marketing plans and booth design.
During her life, she partnered with sister in a jewelry business, was a stockbroker, made guest appearances on television, and above all, was an artist. She was incredibly creative.
“I was in love with arts and crafts from the time I was a small child,” she recalled in a 2014 interview with the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. “I would buy the paper dolls that come with clothes you cut out, throw out the clothes, and make my own.
“As a teen, I decoupaged anything that didn’t walk. I was always dabbling in art and making things. My mother liked to sew and I would design dresses and she would make them. But you couldn’t study art in school – that’s what beatniks did.”
She chose psychology as a more practical college major. “It was worthless, so I went into various fields, mostly in advertising and on Wall Street,” she told the newspaper.
For Edith Lowenthal, her sister, she had limitless devotion and love. With her husband, Alex Stolitzka, she shared 29 years of a wonderful, loving marriage together as mutual soul mates. To her friends, she was an inspiration.
Diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in 2009, with her tenacity and the surgeons/oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, she had the good fortune to live another eight years.
During that time, she realized her calling in life, becoming a fused glass artist.
Through her art, she sought to bring the Judaic traditions to the Jewish community. The menorahs, Shabbat candle holders, Passover plates and Apple with Honey dish sets were her contribution to the continuation of the Jewish tradition.
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