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Sara "Suzy" (Clark) Kruppenbach

July 14, 1929 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 91)


Sara (Suzy) Clark Kruppenbach, age 91, of Laurinburg NC, passed away peacefully under Hospice care at Morrison Manor on December 9, 2020.  Suzy had a lifelong love of art and learning. She became accomplished in anything she set her mind to.  Through her lifetime she was a painter, a potter, jewelry maker, weaver, knitter and collector of beautiful things.

Suzy was born on July 14, 1929 in Greensboro NC to Rosser Lee Clark, Sr and Eva Aiken Clark.  She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Rosser Clark, Jr and Robert Clark.  After graduating from Women’s College of Greensboro, she became a legal secretary in Charleston SC where she met the love of her life on a blind date.  She married Harry Kruppenbach in 1959.  Harry was an Air Force officer and they were stationed in various bases in the US, Bermuda and Guam.  They were blessed with a child at each of the first four bases.  They enjoyed traveling together and reaped the benefits of the military “R&R” trips.  After retirement from the Air Force, Harry and Suzy purchased a McDonald’s franchise which took them to Laurinburg NC where their partnership flourished.  Suzy took over the bookkeeping side of the business while Harry handled the management side.  After 25 years with McDonald’s, they were fortunate to retire in time to enjoy their grandchildren.  They also enjoyed several fantastic trips and taking and teaching classes at John C Campbell Folk School.  Unfortunately, Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease stole Suzy’s remaining years, but her husband never faltered.  He was an amazing caregiver and their love was evident to everyone they encountered.

Suzy was foremost a wonderful mother who fiercely loved her children.  She was a terrific role model to them as a mother, wife, daughter and friend.  Her unique way of seeing and creating beauty is part of the legacy she passed on to her family.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Kruppenbach of Laurinburg NC; her children, John Kruppenbach of Green Mountain NC, Amy Chalk (Tony) of Garner NC, Evan Kruppenbach of Pfafftown NC and Lara Hampton (Mark) of King NC.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ellen Megginson (Parker), Emily Chalk, Oscar Hampton, Wyn Hampton, Eva Kruppenbach and Harry Kruppenbach all of North Carolina.

The family thanks the staff of Scotia Village Lighthouse for their excellent care and support.  The staff of Morrison Manor made her transition peaceful and for that we are truly grateful.

There is no memorial service scheduled at this time.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to John C Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown NC 28902-8008.

Bumgarner Family Funeral Service and Crematorium is assisting the family.






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