Suzanne Inglefield

Obituary of Suzanne O. Inglefield

Suzanne (Ogden) Inglefield, 85, passed away on November 22, 2023, in Fort Myers, Florida.  

Sue was born in Akron, Ohio and during her youth had several hometowns in the US and abroad while traveling with her parents and younger brother as her father served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army. She graduated from Washington Lee High School in Virginia and attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She received her Bachelor of MusicEducation in Double Bass and was certified to teach K-12 Music, Elementary Classroom, and had a minor in Botany.

After graduating from Eastman, Suzanne began her 30+ yearteaching career in 1962 as an elementary teacher at the Woodland School in Stow, Ohio. During this time, she also played double bass in the Akron and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. After relocating with her husband, Howard, and young daughter, Cindy, to Whitewater, Wisconsin in 1966, Sue joined the Whitewater High School faculty as Vocal Music Director where she led numerous choral groups, swing choir, taught music theory class, gave private vocal and piano lessons, and left an indelible impact on her students. Sue’s choral performances were known for their difficult repertoire, precision, and musicality. “Mrs. I” always believed that her high school students could rise to the difficulty of professional works including Beethoven’s 9th Ode to Joy, Norman Dello Joio’s Jubilant Song or Aaron Copland’s Ching-A-Ring Chawwith encouragement, determination, and hard work. As a result of her professionalism and dedication to quality, her choruses were invited to perform with regional orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Senior Choir was invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City. She retired in 1995. 

Sue and her husband, Howard, were avid travelers. They were both past Presidents of the Wisconsin Badger Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) and Sue was a 4-Star Mariner on Holland America. Rarely was there a summer when they weren’t travelling cross-country together in their motorhome, taking a cruise, or driving to a local national park just to camp. She navigated the family motorhome over every interstate in the nation, visited every state and most of the National Parks.  She was equally comfortable in the Captain’s Dining Room on the cruise ship or in the canoe of the tribal chief paddling down the Amazon River. She loved experiencing the Great Barrier Reef and the Green Mountains of New Zealand.

Sue was also an excellent seamstress, a lifelong birder, a generous philanthropist to numerous organizations, and was a devoted naturalist. She was an active volunteer for Audubon Florida’s EagleWatch program and logged hundreds of hours monitoring her assigned eagle nests near her home. However, what most will remember about Sue is her kindness and her openness to everyone. She is the mother most kids wish they had. She would not criticize but always encourage. She thrived on details and had an insatiable appetite for knowledge. When any question came up, she would quickly consult Google because she couldn’t stand not knowing the answer. Those who knew her well, unanimously think of her as vivacious, enthusiastic, and full of life.

Sue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. Suzanne was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Howard Inglefield, and is survived by a brother, Charles L. Ogden, Jr. of Fort Myers, Florida; by two daughters, Cynthia Sullivan and her husband Timothy of Fort Myers, and Sylvia Hatcher and her husband Nathan of Plant City, Florida; a granddaughter, Kristin Olson Kraus and her husband Steve of Fairbanks, Alaska; and two nieces, Brigid Ogden of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Marie (Ogden) Repec and her husband Eric of Scottsdale, Arizona, along with their three children.

The family will hold a private memorial service near her home in Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society by mail to:  Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741; or online at:

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