November 12, 1929 - April 30, 2014
Ann Marie Manning Suhler passed away on April 30, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born in Boston, MA on November 12, 1929 (finally telling the year) to Frances O’Neil and John Manning. She grew up in the West Roxbury section of Boston and the Chestnut Hill section of Newton. She attended public school in Boston and graduated from Mt. Alvernia Academy in 1947 in Chestnut Hill. She graduated from the Perry School in 1950 and received her BS in education from Tufts University. Later she did graduate work in Special Education at Boston College and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ann taught first grade in Westwood, MA for ten years and later moved to White Plains, NY where she taught primary grades and then special education for children with special needs. She had a strong love and understanding of these children. She felt strongly that these children, although victims of fate, should not be victims of neglect. While in White Plains she presided on the Westchester Board for Special Education and was active in the Special Olympics. Realizing the need of a recreation program for her students, she persuaded White Plains to initiate a pioneering after-school program with the assistance of high school students.
While in White Plains she was given the opportunity to take a sabbatical in Europe and the United States to learn of programs for the handicapped. While visiting Ulfik, Norway in September 1971, on a beautiful fjord, she met the love of her life, James R. Suhler of Dallas, and president of Lakewood Jewelers. She always said that their meeting in Norway was one of the most extraordinary experiences of her life. They were married in an ecumenical service in Chestnut Hill, MA in August, 1974.
Ann is predeceased by her parents, Frances and John Manning, her sister Jean Manning Conroy, her beloved granddaughter Brittany Ann Suhler, and her adoring husband James Suhler. Her survivors include her stepson James Suhler Jr. of Dallas, Brittany’s mother Julie Kyler Baird, brother John E. Manning of Rockville, MD, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews whom she adored, and her dear friend Melissa Gardner who was her surrogate granddaughter.
Ann’s memorial service will be held Saturday September 06, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Rd., Dallas 75244. Internment will be at the National Cemetery along with her beloved husband’s burial.
Memorials may be sent in Ann’s name to Brittany Ann Suhler Memorial Endowed Scholarship, St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress St. Austin, TX, 78704.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252