Obituary: Suzanne J. Frampton

Beloved great-grandmother, devout Catholic, volunteer, traveler

Suzanne J. Frampton died peacefully in Ventura, California on August 24 at the age of 90.

She was born in Pueblo, Colorado on February 9, 1931 to Lowell and Thelma Felible, and spent her childhood there with her sister Beverly. She married the love of her life, football coach John Frampton, in 1951. Shortly thereafter the newlyweds relocated to California’s orange grove laden Pomona Valley.

They had five children and introduced them to the outdoors, spending weekends hiking, skiing and heading to the beach. Suzanne was a preschool teacher and volunteered with many community organizations, including the American Red Cross. She was a patron of the arts, and especially loved ballet and musicals. She loved to travel, rarely missed a good movie and was an avid reader. She was on a first name basis with the staff at Chico’s and was always impeccably dressed.

She was a devout Catholic and was involved with her husband in countless church activities. Her all-time favorite pastime was following Notre Dame football, where John played on the 1947 national championship team.

“We think she was the best mom to ever walk the earth,” her children shared. “She was beautiful, sweet, kind and fun. We loved her very much, but she always insisted that she loved us more.”
She is survived by her children, Christine and her husband Orlando Mistretta of Upland; Michael and his wife Kim of Columbia Falls, Montana; Lisa Baumann and her fiancé Steve Bertrand of Carpinteria, California; Karen Terveer and her fiancé Allen Coleman of Oxnard, California; Judy and her husband Larry Gonzalez of Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

She is also survived by her 14 adoring grandchildren: Elisha, Emily and Orlando John Mistretta; Wyatt and Charles Frampton; Ian Armond, Shane and Lauren Baumann; Corey, Andrew and Monica Terveer; Brittani Mireau, Anthony John and Suzanna Gonzalez.

She felt blessed to have six darling great grandchildren: Kiran and Annalise Mistretta; Deegan, Zoey and Blake Mireau; and Ceci Frampton. She is also survived by her loving sister-in-law Betty Frampton of Claremont, as well as her dear lifelong friend Barbara Fink, and numerous nieces and nephews in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii whom she loved immensely.

A funeral mass was held in Ventura.

Interment will be at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 14 at Riverside National Military Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. Please note that masks are mandatory.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Doctors Without Borders at, click on “Donate,” or by check to 40 Rector St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10006.


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