Annette Suzie Karrer

Annette Suzie Karrer passed away peacefully from complications of pneumonia on Monday June 3, 2019, at age 83, while surrounded by her family. She had been battling dementia for several years.

Suzie was born in Merced, Calif., on Feb. 15, 1936, and grew up in Long Beach. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree. Suzie had fond memories of her childhood and especially of Twin Pines at UCLA, where she met several lifelong friends.

Suzie was married to Art Karrer in 1958 until his passing in 2010. They moved the family to Ridgecrest in December 1972. Suzie was an elementary school teacher for 37 years. She is fondly remembered in Ridgecrest as a strong supporter of up-and-coming teachers, as well as a leader in the teacher’s union, women’s organizations, bridge and all kinds of other activities.

Suzie touched many lives with her kindness and patience. As family members, we couldn’t go anywhere in town without her running into a former student, who often recounted the impact that she had on their lives; or a friend who would remind us how great a friend she was to everyone. She was also a fiercely competitive game player (though she may have let her sons win a time or two when they were younger). She had a great sense of humor and was always up for an adventure. She was an active member of St. Ann Parish.

She is survived by her two sons, Steve in San Jose, with his wife Micki and daughter Joely; and Tony in El Segundo, with his wife Margaret and their children Frances, Teddy and Joseph.

Suzie lived her life as an inspiration to be a better person. We are so very sad to have lost her, but she is in a better place than she was when she was battling dementia.

A viewing and rosary were held on Friday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with rosary at 6:30 p.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel, 216 S. Norma St. Ridgecrest, CA 93555, (760) 371-1376.

Suzie’s funeral service was Saturday, June 8, in Ridgecrest.

— Submitted by the family of Annette Karrer

Story First Published: 2019-06-14