Suzanne K. Blake (UPDATED)

1959 ∼ 2020

Suzanne K. Blake (UPDATED)

Suzanne K. Blake, 61, of Edgartown, Ma passed away, completely unexpectedly, in the arms of her husband Jack, on September 3rd 2020.

Sue was born April 24th 1959 in Washington, DC, daughter of the late Priscilla and John F. Kleinstuber.  She married the love of her life (Jack)  May 18, 2009 on the island.

Sue worked for many years as a dental hygienist in several Coast Guard base medical offices around the country while she raised her children with their father, Tom.  After retiring from dental hygiene she found true love and happiness ‘on the water’ working and laughing with Jack as an “oyster girl”.  She always had a smile on her face and sparkle in her beautiful golden eyes when she was on the farm with Jack raising the oysters and just being truly happy together.  If she saw you in town you might get to hear her ‘whooo-whoop’ as she waved you over for a big warm hug.  Sue was endlessly generous in every aspect of her life, especially with her love.  No one she knew ever celebrated Thanksgiving alone, there was always room at her table and always a vacancy at the “Sueryan hotel”.  When you were at her house she would just be “putzing” around making sure everyone had a full belly, a full drink and most importantly full hearts, her love will forever be felt by so many.

Sue went by many names over the years, daughter, sister, wife, hygienist, mom, friend, confidant, oyster farmer. In 2012 she added a new name to that list, MumMum.  Hearing her granddaughters call her that made her so happy and she proudly displayed pictures and talked about them to everyone she ran into.  The time spent with her “girls” was cherished and they love her very much.

Sue is survived by her husband Jack, her children Jennifer (Brian), David, John (Stephanie) , her granddaughters (Ryan, Taylor, and River), her sister Nancy,  her brothers John, Kevin and Edward and too many nieces and nephews and in-laws to list- She loved you all.

With respect to Sue's memory there will be no services at this time.  She would never want anyone to get sick and once a time comes that we can gather and celebrate her life, we will.

In lieu of flowers, what would have made her the happiest if you call someone you love and tell them how much, share a story and a laugh and remember how wonderful and contagious hers was. Give your sweetie an extra tight squeeze tonight.   Next time you are in line at the grocery store, let the person behind you with a full cart go first.  Adopt that puppy or kitty that needs a loving home, if you can’t adopt you could donate to your local shelter.  Mom made this world a better place and her memory would be best served if we all tried to be a little kinder every day.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Suzanne’s name can be made to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, online at or by mail: Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.


Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, online at or by mail: Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.

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Suzanne K. Blake (UPDATED)

1959 ∼ 2020

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