Clare June Sussdorff Sager - age: 91
(July 04, 1930 to November 13, 2021
She will be buried at the Viewland Cemetery at the Cobblestone Church in Rotterdam, NY.
Donations can be made to the PBS station of your choice or Hospice of Southern Maine.
Everybody is a wonderin' what and where they all came from
Everybody is a worryin' 'bout where
They're gonna go when the whole thing's done
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me
I think I'll just let the mystery be…
Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent
Clare June Sussdorff Sager
July 4, 1930 - November 13, 2021
Born to a mother who was training to be a nurse during the Spanish Flu of 1918 and a father who was the first student with a car at Dartmouth College and served in the Great War, Clare June Sussdorff opened her eyes for the first time on Independence Day 1930 in Northern New York. Her baby bracelet had a charm for June, the month she was supposed to be born in, and she was given June as her middle name anyway which marked the miscalculation of her birth for the rest of her life.
When her father lost his business during the depression, he moved his family from the house next to his Texaco station on Main Street in Keeseville to Schenectady to do war work 7 days a week rotating shifts. Clare was 13 and hugged and kissed all the trees of her childhood home good bye.
Four years later the family returned to Northern New York and Clare graduated from high school
there in 1947. She returned to Schenectady at age 17 to begin a 20 year career at GE with the first 10 years at the Industrial Clinic as an Xray Technician and later as a secretary at the Machine Apparatus Operation department retiring in 1989. In between she was a mother and homemaker, a Court Reporting Stenographer after earning a diploma from Spencer Business School, a secretary to Judge Archibald Wemple in the Schenectady County Court as well as a Grand Jury Stenographer.
A third generation Unitarian Universalist, Clare was a 50 year member of the Unitarian Society of Schenectady. Clare trained as a hospice volunteer, served as a reading volunteer in the public schools, and spent 8 years as a gift shop volunteer at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center before
moving to Maine.
Clare loved to travel and made numerous trips to Australia and Europe as well as the US with a special love for her annual family trip to Key West. She loved her final place of residence in Independent Living at 75 State Street in Portland, Maine where she enjoyed painting with the art group, sharing her insights with the conversation group, playing scrabble and the bookmobile.
Clare was married to Robert Wendell Sager in 1956 and was married for 25 years.
Clare is survived by her two children, Clinton who lives in Rockport, MA and Susan who lives in Westbrook, ME, daughter in law, Diane, and son in law, Scott, plus three grandchildren: Mariel, Garrett and Miles. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents, her brother, William, sister, Genevieve, and husband, Robert.