Sue Mitsch, 93, loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021, at Kingsway Nursing Home in Schenectady.
Born in Baranowo, Poland, she arrived as a toddler in Schenectady where her parents, Stephen and Stasia (Bialczak) Orzel, made their home.
Sue graduated in 1946 from Mont Pleasant High School. Her skills at typing and Gregg shorthand landed her a job as a stenographer at GE's general engineering laboratory, where she had top-secret security clearance. The lab conducted experiments with a mass spectrometer, so she and other employees needed to wear radiation detector badges to safeguard against overexposure.
Occasionally, Sue was asked to be in promotional photos of GE products. In 1952, she was chosen "Miss High Voltage and Nucleonics" at a GE social event.
In the 1980s, until retiring in 1992, she worked as a stenographer for the NYS Education Department. She also earned an associate degree from Empire State College in 1985.
Sue married her husband, Lawrence J. Mitsch, in 1955 at the Church of St. Adalbert. They built a home together on Ridge Road in Glenville where they raised five children and were active in many community organizations over the years.
Sue is survived by her five children: Lawrence (Isabella) Mitsch of Cerveteri, Italy; Mark (Pam) Mitsch of Boxford, MA; Matthew (Mary) Mitsch of Virginia Beach, VA; Barbara (Gary) Sheffer of Hudson, NY; and Karl (April) Mitsch of Battle Ground, WA; in addition to 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by a sister, Frances Wilgren of Waltham, MA, and predeceased by three sisters: Casey Overbaugh, Lillian Dauwalter and Regina Orzel.
Sue enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, dancing and music. She had a lovely singing voice. She was a long-time member of St. Joseph's Church in Scotia.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 9, at St. Joseph's Church from 9-11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. and then entombment at St. Anthony's Cemetery on Glenridge Road in Glenville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salesian Sisters, 659 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, NJ 07508.
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