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Suzanne Dungan, 79, of Madison, WI, peacefully passed away on December 2, 2022, surrounded by her three children. Suzie was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 15, 1943, to Leonard and Doris Schlitz. She was a proud member of the Class of 1962 at Wauwatosa East High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1966. After college she was a passionate and enthusiastic art teacher as she met and married fellow UW-Whitewater grad Charles Regez in 1967. Their family began to grow in 1971 when son Jeff arrived and again in 1972 and 1975 with daughters Jill and Amy. The family spent many happy years in Milton, WI and Janesville, WI. Chuck and Suzie divorced in 1990.
In the 1970s and 80s Suzie continued to teach K-12 art, summer school and community art classes as well as evening adult education classes at Blackhawk Technical Institute. She continued to pursue artistic endeavors including designing and hand painting former US Representative Mark Newman’s first residential real estate sales signs and several large public pieces that hung in the Janesville Public Library and at the former Lab Safety Supply Inc. headquarters. Her artwork, mainly landscape and still life paintings, graces the homes of several dozen friends and family as well as countless others who commissioned personal pieces through the years. Her artistic talents and engaging personality were a perfect fit for a career transition to an activities director for senior living communities. First in Edgerton, followed by a move back to Milwaukee and finally to Madison, she took so much joy in brightening the days of her residents.
It was at the Edgerton community in 1994 that she met and married Richard Dungan. They enjoyed traveling the country together. They divorced in 1999. Nothing sustained her happiness in later years more than visiting with her eight grandchildren (although her Badger, Packer, and Bucks fandom were a close second). She painted nearly everyday up until her death.
Suzie was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert Schlitz, his wife Sue, and both her husbands.
Her children and their spouses, her nieces and nephews, grandchildren and many friends will miss her loving spirit and entertaining, never a dull moment zest for life.
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