Suzanne Levinson Samelson, VHS ’68


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Suzanne Levinson Samelson died on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at her home in Thermopolis, Wyoming, with her beloved husband at her side. She was 73 years old.

A graveside service will be held at the King Solomon Memorial Park, 550 Dwasline Road, Clifton, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. Shiva will be observed at the home of Gail Dukas, 46 Dover Court, Bergenfield, N.J., immediately after the funeral until 7 p.m., and on

  • Thursday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Some people have the custom of bringing food to the shiva house. While it is completely unnecessary, if you are so inclined, please note that the shiva is being held in a strictly Kosher home.

Suzanne was born in Newark, grew up in Verona, and lived on the West Side of Manhattan for 46 years prior to moving to Thermopolis in 2014.

She graduated from Verona High School with the Class of 1968 and Barnard College in 1972. While living in New York City Suzanne had a varied career. From antique and gift shop entrepreneur as Broadway Limited starting on Broadway on the Upper West Side, to a direct marketing specialist and an executive recruiter in the not-for-profit sector. After moving to Thermopolis she phased herself out of being a recruiter and returned as an entrepreneur was the co-owner of Discover Thermopolis, a variety/general store on Broadway Street (that has the largest selection of hot sauces in the U.S.).

Suzanne lived a lived a life of active service wherever she lived. She was on the alumni board of Barnard College; a volunteer with the Riverside Park Conservancy in New York City; the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.; the 3 Parks Democratic Club on the Upper West Side and the Alumni Association of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Nyack, N.Y.

Suzanne was also a member and former president of MainStreet Thermopolis, on the board of the Hot Springs County Library Foundation and the State Committee Woman for the Hot Springs County Democratic Party.

She was predeceased by her parents, Milton and Clara Levinson and her siblings Eileen Bergman and Charles Levinson.

She is survived by her husband, Howie Samelson; her in-laws, Donald Bergman, Paula and Melvin Katz, Barbara and Fred Kruger, Richard and Caroline Walter and many nieces and nephews, greats and grands.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Leah Borden Samelson Scholarship at Barnard College or Hot Springs Foundation the would be appreciated.

Condolences, memories and pictures can be left on her obituary page at

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