This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Suzanne Veitengruber, 71 years old, born on October 18, 1949 and passed away on January 20, 2021. Her memory and impact of her life will live on forever.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the mass at St. Catharine Church will be limited to Suzanne's husband, children and grandchildren and will be live streamed for her extended family, friends and community members.The mass will be held on Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 am.   The mass will be followed by a burial at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery which is limited in its attendance because of the pandemic. We know you would all like to be with us, but thank you for understanding.    

The family requests that you consider sharing a story about Sue on this page or by emailing her daughter at  As we won't be able to gather at this time as we normally would to enjoy stories about her life, the family plans to gather the stories in a book to comfort them in the days ahead.   
Due to the pandemic, the church and cemetery have limitation on flowers to be delivered.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: 
Howell PBA
P.O. Box 94
Howell, NJ 07731
Posted by Chris Shoffner on January 21, 2022
Sue was an inspiration as to how government is supposed to work and how women can change the world. She righted our ship in South Bound Brook and for that I am ever grateful. Wish I had more time with her. Gone way too soon. Sue you are truly missed.
Posted by Sister Cherree Power on January 21, 2022
Miss you, Sue! The next time we meet we will reminisce all our Summer Fridays and our trips and laughs!! You are an amazing lady! Thank you, too, for all of your support to our SVS Auction!! God Bless You and enjoy being with Him! Love You!
Sr. Cherree
Posted by Allen Kaplan on January 20, 2022
Hard to believe. A loyal friend with a big heart.
Posted by Robert Burton on February 11, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just completed a CMFO course with Suzanne in November 2020 and she was a wonderful teacher and such a sweet person. Condolences to the family. 
Posted by Gianelle Haws on February 3, 2021
To the family....hugging you all so tightly as she was one magnanimous woman that I know your lives were better for having and fuller for being loved by.

To the woman who has transitioned, the woman who taught me the best phrase when running a Finanace office, "how sad, too bad" , to my inspiring Diane Keaton Tiger Lady of the governmental realm, to my teacher, my mentor.... I'm still in the game because you noticed when I wanted to quit and you gave me your cell and said call anytime...but not after 9! You were a force I could only imagine to emulate and my world was better for having met you. May the arms of God hold you tightly as you watch over the many lives you've touched.

Posted by John Bennett on January 29, 2021
There are so many memories to share. The WVU tailgate parties, calling her "Mom" after George became one of my fraternity brothers, the political roller-coaster we both experienced, calling her "professor" as I became a student in several of her finance classes, sharing the stories of our kids and our grandchildren and so many more. I learned a lot from Sue in so many ways. I will miss her and wish her loving family well. I have loss a true friend. Rest in peace.
Posted by Debbie Goodreds on January 27, 2021
Dave and I have known Sue and George for over 25 years. We enjoyed many activities as members of the Candlewood Crazies at the pool club, attended the weddings, graduations, birthday parties, baby and wedding showers for the families of our group. We enjoyed many NY Eve dinner parties hosted by Sue and George and of course, the St Veronica auctions each year.
Lots of fun memories were made and long time friendships. Sue will be missed and our hearts and prayers go out to George, Melissa, George and their families.
Posted by Jessica Lynch on January 27, 2021
Mrs. Veitengruber was an Outstanding woman!!! She was amazingly talented and an inspiration to any woman that has worked in government. She will be greatly missed! My deepest condolences to her family and I send them strength and comfort! 
Posted by Barbara Reilly on January 27, 2021
My best memories of Sue are at the St. Veronica gift auctions. I always sat at the same table with her. I looked forward to the night because you were guaranteed a lot of laughing if Sue was present. Besides her generosity in supporting our school, It was fun watching her pick prizes for her family members, mostly her grandchildren. Sue lived for her family. She loved her family and friends with a loyalty that I am proud to say I knew her. May you Rest In Peace Sue. You will be missed.
Posted by Sister Cherree Power on January 27, 2021
I met Sue the day she broke ground when the new addition to St. Veronica School began in 1990. Sue was the Mayor of Howell at the time. Later I really met Sue through Terri Haemmerle. Sue was so gracious and generous. I will miss the trips to Cape May, Lancaster, NYC and wherever Sue came up with a good idea. Most of all I thank Sue for being so supportive of St. Veronica School. She never missed a Gift Auction. She was very generous donating items for the baskets and then spending so much money buying tickets. She had lots of good luck there, too. Good thing she had a big car!

May you be in the arms of God. Pray for us. I surround George and your family with prayers. Until we meet again.....! ❤️
Posted by Corinne Ribera on January 26, 2021
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Suzanne. We worked together for many, many years at the Land O' Pines School in Howell as volunteers in the school. She was always there to assist me, when I was the PTO President or Chairperson of a committee, along with other PTO members and staff.  She was such a hardworking individual at any event, activity or fundraiser at Land O' Pines. Sue was a joy to be around and I knew I could ALWAYS count on her for everything and anything!! She was the BEST and will be truly missed by everyone who was blessed to know her. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Jeff DeSimone on January 26, 2021
George and Family... I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Sharis Myers on January 25, 2021
We knew Sue well in the 80's and 90's. She was a lovely woman, always fun loving and hardworking. A wonderful hostess and good friend and we know she will be missed greatly by all her family and friends. Jen always remembers her smile and laughter. Rest in Peace, the Myers; Ray, Sharis, and Jen
Posted by Sue Merkel on January 25, 2021
We have known Sue for many years from going to the pool club. She would show up get her table ready, depending on the day maybe a margarita maybe a dip in the pool, or she would do a stop in before she had to leave for class.
Sue was a great story teller also. Sue would talk about the "passing of the tablecloth" ceremony that we needed to have as she called her crew there the "Crazies" and how we would be the "Crazies 2.0" as she would say. She was loved by many and cared for so many, she would look out for her friends and a mother to us all. All our prayers to George and the family, Love the Merkels 
Posted by Sharon Bevington on January 24, 2021
We have known Sue (& George) for 16 years as their son George married our daughter Heather. We've enjoyed many family get togethers over the years and shared our joys and blessings that we have with our children and grand children. Sue had such a zest for life and was a generous and giving person, always helping other. Sue will be dearly missed.  Jeff and Sharon Bevington
Posted by Annmarie Scottson on January 24, 2021
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Sue in person, she and I had several chats via social media and I loved her perspective on Howell and life in general.  Her wisdom will always be cherished and my prayers are with her family.
Posted by Suzanne Mazzuoccolo on January 24, 2021
We never met but came across each others posts on Facebook. We chatted a few times as well. My deepest sympathies to Suzanne's family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Joann Jolly on January 24, 2021
Sue was two years ahead of me at Upsala, and proud to say she was my Theta Beta Gamma sorority sister. During pledge week she made us learn how to spell Vitemberger. I am saddened and shocked at her passing. Sue was kind , always ready to help, and always happy. She was so proud to be marrying George. She will be sorely missed.
Posted by Danielle Gray on January 24, 2021
Sue was my sorority sister and what an amazing sister she was! Not only did she leave the younger ladies an incredible example of accomplishment and friendship, we have been sharing stories of how she was there for us long after she graduated and built her life. I can speak for all of us when I say she was an amazing sister of Theta Beta Gamma Sorority and we will always love and cherish her from the bottom of our Theta hearts. 
Posted by Janet Ranieri on January 24, 2021
I remember Sue as such an active member for years in Land O’Pines PTO.
Always there for parents and staff and especially for her children. She was always so active and doing so much for everyone. I’m saddened to see her especially leave her loving family. My condolences to you all! God Speed!
Janet Ranieri
Posted by Bruce Worman on January 23, 2021
  Where to begin with so much to say about a wonderful friend who was so dear to us and so many others. We first got to know Sue and George through the St.Veronica's festival and the Candlewood Swim Club. Since that time, especially at the pool, so many good times with bringing up our families and becoming our “Candlewood Crazies” fun time group. Sue was a central figure in much of what we did to make those years so rewarding and fun. She was truly a giver and always very generous.
  As time marched on, we had the pleasure of several travel adventures and cruises with George and Sue and friends. Great memories of dinners together, Cape May, dances, weddings, the ladies shopping trips, Sue's absolutely tremendous New Years Eve dinners, and so much more.
  Although our hearts now ache, Sue will always remain here in our hearts and minds. Our prayers are for George and the entire family to remain strong and healthy through this very difficult time. May God bless and comfort you.
                                             Bruce and Gwen
                                             Heather and Matthew
Posted by Allen Kaplan on January 23, 2021
I have know Sue since the early 1980's. She shared her dedication to her family with her dedication to the Township of Howell. She was tireless worker and a loyal friend. Always ready to host a party or help organize an event. She left a lasting imprint on all and will be truly missed.
Posted by Beth Cook on January 23, 2021
I've had the pleasure of knowing Sue (and George) for more than 25 years. It was always a pleasure to spend time with Sue at a convention or meeting. We attended the same grammar school in Jersey City for a little while, although she was several grades ahead of me. I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for her and the family.
Posted by Theresa Murray on January 23, 2021
I met Sue through Gwen Worman when I worked at St. Veronica, then of course many summers at the Candlewood Swim Club. Sue was always ready to help, plan events, and just have fun with George and their friends. She was such an interesting woman and I always loved talking to her.   My heart breaks for her family and friends at this time and am praying for you all. We have truly lost a wonderul woman.

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Posted by Chris Shoffner on January 21, 2022
Sue was an inspiration as to how government is supposed to work and how women can change the world. She righted our ship in South Bound Brook and for that I am ever grateful. Wish I had more time with her. Gone way too soon. Sue you are truly missed.
Posted by Sister Cherree Power on January 21, 2022
Miss you, Sue! The next time we meet we will reminisce all our Summer Fridays and our trips and laughs!! You are an amazing lady! Thank you, too, for all of your support to our SVS Auction!! God Bless You and enjoy being with Him! Love You!
Sr. Cherree
Posted by Allen Kaplan on January 20, 2022
Hard to believe. A loyal friend with a big heart.
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Suzanne Marie Leonard Veitengruber

Suzanne Marie Leonard Veitengruber was born on October 18, 1949 in Jersey City to Gloria and Robert Leonard. She is the older sister to Robert, Jr (Susan), Richard (deceased) and Christopher (Eileen). She was the beloved wife to George E. Veitengruber, Jr., mother to George, III (Heather) and Melissa Skrocki (Stephen) and grandmother to Mia, Kate & Jack Skrocki and Grayson & Jacob Veitengruber and beloved niece of Barbara DiPalo, Patricia Carson & Virginia Purcell.

Sue grew up in Denville, NJ, spending the summers competitively diving and winters skating on the lake. It is there that she met the love of her life, George – little did he know it when he threw her bike in the lake at 12 years old. George and Sue were together for the last 54 years and married 49 years. Suzanne was a graduate of Morris Catholic and Upsala College, where she later served as the Alumni Director.

After attending her first school board meeting in Howell, she came home and declared she was either running for the Board or moving. Needless to say that the start of a long and accomplished career dedicated to public service in government. Sue was elected to the Howell Township School Board of Education in 1981 and continued on to serve as a Howell Township Councilwoman and then the first female Republican mayor of Howell Township in 1991. She went on to become the Township Administration and/or CFO for the towns of Tabernacle, Keansburg, North Brunswick, Clementon & Shrewsbury. She loved to share her love of municipal administration and became a professor for Rutgers University Center for Executive Leadership in Government, where she served for 25 years.

Suzanne was the president of the Newbury School PTA and Land O’ Pines PTO, an organizer for the Howell Education Development Foundation and for the Thanksgiving & Easter/Passover meal preparation for Howell senior citizens, a member of the Manasquan River Regional Sewage Authority and a dedicated fundraiser and advocate for the Howell PBA, who honored her with a Silver Badge. She was a tireless and dedicated advocate for the growth and development of Howell Township – a place that she called home for 45 years.

Sue and her family spent 39 summers at the Candlewood Swim Club and she was a beloved member of the Candlewood Crazies. She and her husband have been further blessed with wonderful neighbors, who have become beloved friends over the decades. 

Suzanne and George loved to travel. Starting with a legendary three week cross country trip with their 8 month old son, a dog, two fish and a tent after George completed his service with the Air Force in California to return to their home state of New Jersey. Throughout their life together, Sue and George were fortunate enough to travel the world including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, Ireland, Germany, Nova Scotia, Italy, Portugal, Paris, London, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico & Grecian Isles.

Despite her work and volunteering obligations, she never missed a game, meet or show of her children or grandchildren. She was beyond of proud to be called Gigi by her 5 grandchildren and of all of the accomplishments of her children. She threw legendary tailgates and holiday gatherings and welcomed countless family, friends and friends of friends into her home over the years. She will be greatly missed by so many.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the:
Howell PBA
PO Box 94
Howell, NJ 07731

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Shared by Chris Shoffner on January 28, 2021
Sue was an inspiration as to how government is supposed to work and how women can change the world. She righted our ship in South Bound Brook and for that I am very grateful. She will be sorely missed. Wish I had more time with her. Mayor Chris Shoffner