Marguerite Sulzman


Marguerite Sulzman (Meg), 71, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Meg was born Marguerite Delia Lavoie on October 12, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Edgar and Doris (Litterer) Lavoie. She grew up in Lynbrook, NY and attended Lynbrook High School (’67). She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Ithaca College (’71) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Russell Sage College. She taught 4th grade for several years at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill before working at Albany ARC where she dedicated over 15 years to assisting adults with disabilities. In 2004 she moved to Tampa, FL to teach middle school and to be close to three of her children. Meg returned to upstate New York in 2008 and to Albany ARC until her semi-retirement. She spent the last several years at Kids First Child Care in Ballston Spa. She was dedicated to the children and found great joy in caring for them.

Meg was the devoted and loving mother of David Sulzman, Heather Sulzman (Chris Williams), Jennifer (Ian) Gertler, and Meredith (Michael) Tower; grandmother to Noah and Lyle Sulzman, Frances Williams, Jonathan and Andrew Gertler, and Delia and Liam Tower. She is also survived by her brother Michael Lavoie, nieces, nephews and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that she loved dearly.

Meg was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed participating in a play readers group at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy. She was an avid reader and trivia buff so much so that she was a 5x Jeopardy winner in 1974. She enjoyed traveling and attending Broadway shows. Meg loved to shop and never met a pair of shoes she didn’t like. She never turned down a game of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit with anyone willing to play knowing who the winner would likely be. Most of all she cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Christ Episcopal Church when the world is a little safer and family and friends can travel and gather safely. Donations to the Christ Church Food Pantry in her memory would be appreciated.

Guest Book

Susannah Sulzman

I will always remember the good times we had going to craft fairs or out to lunch, and that goofy trip to Maine where Meg played Gene Autry tapes and Ricky Nelson tapes in the car and didn't have any Rolling Stones. Meg was always curious, always learning something new, our Jeopardy champ! She will be sorely missed by our family and her friends, and particularly by her four children, her pride and joy.

Margaret Sulzmann

Jim and I have known Meg since she was student at Ithaca College. She raised 4 wonderful children with their father, Tim. Meg and Merrie would come to the Berkshires for the fund raiser for the Berkshire Nursing familes. Meg and Merrie always seemed to win the most door prizes, and Meg would always pull the correct answers to the trivia questions out of thin air. Rest in peace, sister in law. See you on the other side.

Mr. & Mrs. S. Spencer

We are all so sorry for your loss. Meg will always be remembered as a kind, truly loving person. My sister and my family loved her.. She was always thoughtful and considerate to others around her. We all enjoyed her company whenever we came to visit my sister. All of us are heartbroken and sending love, thoughts and prayers across the miles to you and your family during this difficult time.

Suzanne Balet Haight

Meredith, Mike, Delia & Liam,
Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Your mom, grandmother will be greatly missed!
With Love,
Suzanne, David, Andrew & Julia

Tj Cornelius

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Meg's family and friends. I worked with Meg at Albany ARC. She and I were both in the same office. There we discovered that our birthday's were one day apart, and we both went to Russell Sage College. Meg and I also shared a love for shoes. She was kind, caring and had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Loida R. Vera Cruz

I worked with Meg for many years at Albany ARC. She was brilliant, witty and had a great sense of humor. She wrote beautifully and would whip up reports without much effort. I envied her for that! She and I would have occasional lunches together and would catch up. Often, she talked about her children who were her pride and joy. I would have loved to play Trivial Pursuit with her and would have given her a challenge!

Evan Harley

Meredith - you and your family are in my prayers. Miss you my old friend. So sorry for your loss.

Jean Relyea and family

Meredith, Mike, Delia and Liam,
We just heard your sad news. We are all so sorry. Mom/Grandma sounds like she was an absolute treasure. Broken hearted for all of you.

Susan Cote-Burke

Am a past co-worker of Meg’s and past ARC dinner club member. A memory I have of Meg is she had a knack for remembering people’s collections and gave me a kind and thoughtful giraffe mug years ago. Meg also had a nice smile. My sympathy goes out to Meg’s loving family. Rest In Peace, Meg.

Jason Foss

I would have loved to have played scrabble with Meg. Knowing that I would lose. The game wouldn't have mattered. The company would have. I miss you.

Nora Sulzmann Kenneway

There are so many wonderful memories...Sulzman/n gatherings will never be the same. Thank you for bringing some of my favorite people into this world, I know they will always make you proud. There is a huge hole in our hearts, you will be missed immensely.

Ian Gertler (Son-in-law)

"Reality is incredibly larger, infinitely more exciting, than the flesh and blood vehicle we travel in here. If you read science fiction, the more you read it the more you realize that you and the universe are part of the same thing. Science knows still practically nothing about the real nature of matter, energy, dimension, or time; and even less about those remarkable things called life and thought. But whatever the meaning and purpose of this universe, you are a legitimate part of it. And since you are part of the all that is, part of its purpose, there is more to you than just this brief speck of existence. You are just a visitor here in this time and this place, a traveler through it." ― Gene Roddenberry

Love and miss you,
Ian

Lindsay Lavoie

This was written so beautifully for such a beautiful person. I’m going to miss my aunt Meg, she was there for me in so many ways growing up and I seriously can’t thank her enough for being there for me this past year especially. I love you so much aunt Meg and thank you for being the best aunt and Godmother.