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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Otto H. Suttmann
June 1, 1936 - May 15, 2019

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Otto H. Suttmann of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He was 82 years old. Otto was born June 1, 1936 in Iglishkelyay, Lithuania, son of the late Otto Suttmann and the late Adolfine Suttmann (nee - Lorenz).

He is the beloved husband of the late Stephanie Maria Suttmann (nee Eichmüller).
Father of Erich, Otto E., Walter and his wife Anne, Werner, and Bruno Suttmann.
Grandfather of Samantha, Jacquelyn, Erica, Karl, Adam, Kaitlyn, Bruno, and Marie.
Brother of Erna Bauer and her husband the late Fritz, the late Ella Both and her husband Ulrich, and the late Robert Suttmann and his wife Betty.

Otto was born in the village of Iglishkelyay, Lithuania (West of the capital city of Vilnius).
He emigrated to the United States (from Germany) in 1951. Otto was educated in both Germany and the US. He was a Union Carpenter for his entire career in the Construction Industry, holding a position as Supervisor/Foreman for a local General Contracting firm.
Otto married Stephy November 10, 1962 (in Philadelphia), and had five (5) sons.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. and funeral service at 12:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Interment was private.

Religious services were conducted by The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger.

Family flowers arranged by Schmidt’s Florist 215-745-6234.

The following information was compiled and written by Otto’s family:

Otto was born June 1, 1936, in the village of Iglishkelyay, Lithuania on a small Farm and Grain Mill owned by his Father. During the latter part of WWII, with the Soviet Red Army approaching, the family fled Lithuania to northern Germany, living in various Refugee Camps.
They then moved to Süderbrarup (state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), near the Danish border, not far from the Baltic Sea.

Otto (and family), emigrated to the United States in 1951, departing from the city of Bremen. They traveled by ship, taking nine (9) days and arrived on December 8.
His two sisters (Erna & Ella) had emigrated roughly 2 years earlier.

In 1952 the family purchased a row-home, located on North 7th Street, in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Otto decided to become a Carpenter, and received some training at the Dobbins Vocational School near 21st & Lehigh Avenue. Otto was educated in both Germany and the US.

He was a Union Carpenter for his entire career, holding a position as Supervisor/Foreman for a local General Contracting firm, performing a huge amount of work for the University of Pennsylvania.

The family moved again in the Summer of 1960 to Fairhill Street, in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

Through mutual friends, Otto met Stephanie Eichmüller, (who was from Switzerland), in 1958.
They Married in November 1962 (at St. Paul’s Church in Olney), and had 5 sons.

Otto & Stephanie acquired their own home in June 1969. The beautiful property on 11th St, in the Fern Rock section of Philadelphia.
In the early 70’s, they acquired two additional properties adjacent to their 11th St Home (both on Champlost Avenue).

Otto remained in the Home he loved on 11th St for the rest his life.

He was an extremely skilled Carpenter/Craftsman, which is shown by the many construction improvements he performed on the properties.
He took great pride in his work and also his home.

His converting the 3rd Floor (of the 11th St Home) into a Full Apartment, allowed a close family friend (Renate) to live there for many years.

Otto & Stephanie enjoyed going to annual outdoor events the various German Clubs (Cannstatter, Erzgebirge, Bayern, etc) would have. He looked forward to playing the “Wurst-Wheel”, and would always return to the family picnic table carrying the bag of meat he won (containing various sausages).

He also loved socializing with his friends, whether it was in the one friend’s (Gustav) garage, or taking a trip “up the Pocono’s” with the gang.

Otto also was interested in various cooking projects, making items such as:
- Kugelis (inspired by living in Lithuania)
- Salting & Smoking Pork Loins
- Home-Made Sausage (then smoking it)
- Souse
- Moscht (fermented apple-cider)

However the thing Otto & Stephanie loved the most was simply relaxing on the Back-Patio of their 11th St Home, underneath the Grape Arbor. They often would BBQ there, read, or simply enjoy the nature in their yard.

His wife Stephanie passed away in January 2019.

She was in a Nursing Home, for roughly the last year and three months. This was very stressful for Otto, to not have Stephanie home with him, especially due to the fact that she sustained a few injuries in these facilities.

However they are now both together again.

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