NAVETTA—Suzanne Marie Navetta passed away peacefully Oct. 3, 2020 at the age of 84.
Susie was born Oct. 27, 1935 to Wallace and Ila Sowins in Los Angeles, Calif.
She grew up in southern California where she met her husband, Andreá (Andy) Navetta.
Together, they raised six children and built their family business, Nucon Industries.
After returning to school, Susie became professional kitchen designer for Sears.
Andy passed away in October of 1985 and in the following years Susie sought to live closer to her family in Oregon. She visited Woahink Lake for the first time in the early 90s.
Captivated by its beauty, she said, "Let's live here."
Once settled in her lakeside home, Susie was passionate to serve her community. She became a vocal advocate to protect the lake watershed and ecosystem.
Susie was an original founder of the Woahink Lake Association, where she sat as President for two consecutive terms until 2012, earning her title as "Lady of the Lake."
Susie was elected as a City Council Member for Dunes City for two separate terms, serving a total of eight years. Volunteerism was at the heart of Susie's core.
She was engaged in many organizations and projects which included, Florence Garden Club, Peace Harbor Hospital Auxiliary, Planning Commission, Site Review Committee, Tree Ordinance Committee, Water Systems Committee, Communication Committee, Taskforce for Identifying Wetlands, and founded Festival of the Lakes.
In 2010, she drafted the first septic ordinance passed in the state of Oregon.
Susie had a green thumb and loved to travel. She was a lifelong patron of the arts with a fondness for dance and musical theater. Susie had a deeply generous heart. She was a lifetime learner and enjoyed teaching children to be critical thinkers.
Susie was a proud American patriot. She held fast to her beliefs and her character exemplified integrity, generosity, and courage.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Ila Sowins; brothers: Richard Sowins, Alexis Sowins and her beloved brother David Sowins; husband, Andy Navetta; son, Frank Navetta, and her partner, Ralph Farnsworth.
Susie is survived by her brother, Robert Sowins; her children, Marie Navetta, Mike Navetta, Joe Navetta, Annie Navetta and Barbie Navetta Madden; her 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services have not yet been held. Announcement of services will be made at a later date.