Suzanne Frankel Dunbar was born on December 11, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents were Julius Frankel and Ruth Russack Frankel. She was raised in Avondale and went to high school at the University School. Suzanne graduated as a Registered Nurse from the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing in 1946.
Suzanne met her husband, Alvin Lee Dunbar, M.D., at Castle Farm, a big band era concert and dance club, that was located in Roselawn. They were married on April 14, 1945 in Suzanne's parental home, and remained married for 40 years, until Alvin's death in 1985. They had three sons, Robert, Stanley, and Richard.
Suzanne’s passions were her family and her community. She was extremely helpful to many members of her extended family, especially during their times of need. She was a Cub Scout Den mother, and active with her sons’ teams in Knothole baseball, keeping score and providing water.... “win or lose, after the game, every kid got a coke.”
Suzanne was very active in volunteer work. Using her nursing skills, she volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy Nursery School for many years, and at the Cincinnati Health Department doing TB and hearing screenings at local elementary schools. The Jewish community was also an integral part of her life. She was a member of the women’s auxiliary at the Jewish Hospital. She was a member of the Lions of Judah, and active in the Jewish Federation. Suzanne was a lifelong member of Rockdale Temple.
She enjoyed the Ballet, Symphony, Cincinnati Zoo and Travel. The ATP Tennis tournament was on her annual agenda. Swimming and exercise were common occurrences for Suzanne, often partaken at the JCC.
Her sons proclaimed that she was a “sweet wonderful women, who treated others with respect.”...and she lived a life as in the biblical passage A Woman Of Valor...
“What a rare find is a woman of valor! Her worth is far beyond that of rubies...Her husband’s heart trusts in her, and he lacks nothing valuable. She brings him good and not harm all the days of her life...She spreads out her palms to the poor, and extends her hands to the needy... Strength and dignity are her clothing; She is cheerful about the days to come... She opens her mouth with wisdom, a lesson of kindness is on her tongue. She oversees the activities of her household, and never eats the bread of idleness...Her children arise and bless her...Charm can be deceptive, beauty illusory, but a woman who fears Adonai will be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, let her deeds be her praise at the gates."
Suzanne passed away on Saturday October 3, 2020, at the age of 95. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Lee Dunbar, MD. She Is survived by her sons: Robert Dunbar, Stanley (Diane) Dunbar, Richard Dunbar, grandson Jesse Dunbar, and great grandson Jackson Dunbar
Donations in Suzanne's memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.