Susann Brown (Chrzan)

Susann Brown (Chrzan) - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY: Susann was born on June 7, 1943 in Poughkeepsie NY, the only child of Margaret and W. Douglas Brown.  After growing up in nearby Wappingers Falls Susann graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Home Economics / Child Care and then obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.  Dring this college period she participated in a study of the cultural aspects of a small indigenous community in Peru, and traveled with friends to Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and France.  Following college she worked for 32 years in Rochester, NY for the County of Monroe as a social worker involved in child welfare and foster care.

She was active in several organizations promoting awareness of climate change and other social issues.  She also enjoyed nature photography and tennis, where she met and eventually married Terry Chrzan.  Together for 45 years, they enjoyed music, tennis, touring National parks, Alaska, Paris, Holland, and other spots.  They also were avid ballroom dancers and served jointly on the Boards of several dance clubs.

The Covid-19 epidemic curtailed social contacts and travel and may have contributed to her diagnosis of vascular dementia, leading to pneumonia.  She died July 28, 2023, survived by her husband.

She was a long-time supporter of WXXI (the local PBS station) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).  May she rest in peace.

3 Condolences

  1. Jean Zimber on September 3, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Always loved Susann – She did so much for us in the Federation of Social Workers when we affiliated with the IUE! It was her patience and knowledge of the work and language that got us a contract that bore the test of time and the patience that kept us all working together instead of splitting apart -an invaluable leader
    Susann was also a lot of fun – she spent a lot of time with us vacationing, camping and playing tennis and watching tennis.
    Always think of her with gratitude and much fondness.

  2. Deb White Oakley on September 3, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Susann worked at MCDSS at the same time I was employed there during the 1970’s. Though I did not know her well, she was a model for me as an independent caring soul who sought for justice as we maneuvered the often crushing rules of the complex multi-layered social service system. I recall seeing her frequently at the Saturday Rochester Public Market, which also seemed in keeping with the little I knew about her. I am sorry to learn of her death but pleased to know she found such a perfect match in her life’s companionship. Extending solace to those who were close to her.

  3. Helen Shapiro on September 8, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    My sincere condolences to your entire family. I suffered a very traumatic experience as a child that was beyond my families control and Susann was assigned to our case. As a senior now, I still have had thoughts of her throughout the years. Her tenderness, kindness and thoughtful way of understanding my plight has made my life so much easier. I have always thought through my life without her help I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am forever grateful that she entered my life. I always saw her as an Angel, now she is one. May she rest in peace.

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