Susan Louise Spaht, age 73, of New Orleans, LA, passed away in the loving company of family and friends on Monday, May 28 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born at Fort Monmouth, N.J., to the late Homer Dale Spaht and late Sue Larguier Spaht of Baton Rouge, LA. She was, also, preceded in death by her sister, Kay Spaht Hutchison, of Baton Rouge. She is survived by her brothers, Homer Dale Spaht, Jr. (Anita) and Charles William Spaht (Leslie), as well as her much loved aunt, Mrs. Margery Larguier Fabre, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Susan spent the formative years of her life in Baton Rouge, LA. She was an alumnae of Robert E. Lee High School, a graduate of LSU with majors in Fine Arts and English, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
After graduating from LSU, Susan moved to New Orleans where she worked as a public relations officer for Mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu. Her last position was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a public affairs specialist for Task Force Hope to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to a very successful career, Susan had many, varied interests. She was an avid collector of art and antiques and was an intrepid traveler. Owning a Harley-Davidson Classic, she often joined friends in Sturgis, SD for rallies. She loved music - from Grand Opera to Grand Ole Opry. She was taking ukulele lessons, a fact even her closest friends did not know. Her golf skills were evident, as she was the first woman to make a hole-in-one at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. During Carnival, she rarely missed a parade on St. Charles Avenue. She was gracious and giving, funny and bitingly witty; a welcomed guest at any dinner, on any dance floor, and at any gala. Her smile will not be forgotten. She was devoted to family, friends, and colleagues, especially her close companion Dr. Bob Hewitt. Susan had a deep, quiet abiding faith, and general love of life.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 9, at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel, 763 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA. Visitation will be held at 10:30 AM until the memorial service at 11:00 AM in the church chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com