Pamela S.Sussman

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MUNSTER, IN – Pamela S. Sussman, 73, of Munster, IN, died September 21, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Lilly (Mark) Overbeck; son, Elliott Sussman (Kelly George); grandson, Brooks Overbeck; granddaughter, Charlotte Overbeck; sisters: Carolyn Bryant and Shirley Borger; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, John Fishback; mother, Emma Fishback; and husband of 35 years, Richard Sussman.

Pamela was born in Cincinnati, OH, where she lived for 50 years. She attended Deer Park High School and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She spent her first 20 years working at Proctor and Gamble as a public relations manager. After getting married and having children, she left P&G to take care of her family and start her own graphic design business. She developed a passion for rubber stamping and created a stamp organizing book marketed throughout the community. She spent many years dating and teaching at Stampaway USA. Pam studied bookmaking with Shereen La Plantz and continued her training through the Paper and Book Intensive with top instructors in the field.

A lifelong artist, Pam has spent her years pursuing talents in many forms, including but not limited to stamping, book arts, fabric arts, miniature book art, calligraphy, quilting, sewing, painting, origami and graphic arts.

In 2001 Pam moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she wrote and illustrated Fabric Art Journals: Making, Sewing and Embellishing Journals from Cloth and Fiber, published by Rockport/Quarry Books in 2005. She moved to Munster in 2005 and quickly made its mark on the community. Joining the Artisans Friends of Calumet Area Hospice, Pam was instrumental in teaching and creating handmade gifts that were sold to raise awareness and fundraise for the group. In 2009, she was honored with Mum’s the Word in recognition of her exemplary service to the hospice community. She was a member of Temple Beth El and revered within the community.

Pam was an active member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective where, until her last days, she taught book art classes. She was loved and admired by her students. An instructor for over 25 years, she has also taught at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, The Art Continuum in Cleveland, Valley Ridge Art Studio in Wisconsin, and the Surface Design Symposium in Columbus. During the summer months, Pam held several intensive week-long book and paper arts workshops from her home workspace. Her impeccably organized and spacious studio was featured in Lynne Perrella’s book Art Making and Studio Spaces, published in 2010. Pam started a blog for her fellow textile art designers called Book Arts Studio Blog where many of her students would follow her work.

Pam always put her loved ones first and spent her life caring for others, including her mother-in-law, Sara, for the last 10 years of her life. She had a lot of love for her grandchildren with whom she shared her creativity and her love for art. They loved spending time with their Grammy.

Besides art, teaching, and her family, Pam loved music, travel, theater, reading, cooking, home decorating, and shopping. His smile and unique laugh were contagious.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 10001 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN. Friends can visit family on Friday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Temple. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Friends of Hospice or The Chicago Calligraphy Collective in her memory would be appreciated.

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