Suzanne Helene Biondolillo, known as “Suzie” to friends and family, age 74, of Dallas, GA, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at her residence. Suzie was born on September 12, 1943 in Rochester, NY to the late Dr. Thomas Henry and Valeria Helene Dennis. She was an Opera Singer and concert Pianist in her early years. She started playing at the age of 5 and soon realized the profound transcendence and catharsis that music could bring. She graced the stage with a dynamic presence and a gift only God could have bestowed upon her. Her voice was full and rich with undertones that reflected the true depth and beauty of her soul. She played piano with the best of the them and was given the honor of performing for the likes of Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky.
Suzie met her husband Sal in 1967 in Buffalo, NY and after only a few weeks of knowing him, she knew he was the one she would spend the rest of her life with. Soon after, she gave up the stage and became a wife and mother of five beautiful children. Sal was her best friend and remained that way for 51 years. Through every victory, every defeat they remained by each other’s side.
She was abundantly intelligent, adventurous, generous, compassionate, and had an immense appreciation of fine art, literature, and Classical Music. She was a private voice and piano teacher for almost 50 years and still played the piano almost every day, often playing one of her favorite compositions, Alla Turca. Suzie also worked as a nurse for many years, primarily at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester and Rochester Friendly Home.
Recently retired, she spent her days with her loving husband, Sal and “little man”, Charlie the dog. She was a member of Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church and volunteered with the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She is deeply loved and will be tremendously missed, “Until the Stars cease to Shine..”
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Salvatore “Sal” Biondolillo of Dallas, GA; sons, William (Judy) Biondolillo of Buffalo, NY, Thomas (Susan) Biondolillo of Dallas, GA, Michael (Rosanna) Biondolillo of Townsend, DE; daughters, Seana Biondolillo of Troy, NY, Meghan (Justin) Smith of Acworth, GA; brothers, Daniel Dennis of Lyons, NY, Timothy Dennis of Rochester, NY; Patrick Dennis of Rochester, NY; sister, Tara Sayles of Cleveland, OH; eleven grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church with Father Adrian Pleus officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
(Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, GA, is in charge of arrangements.