In Loving Memory of Suzanne Allen Frantz

January 24, 1928
Louisville, KY
April 11, 2020
Redding, CT
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


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The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Andy Warhol Museum

Calvary Episcopal Church

Suzanne Allen Frantz

Suzanne Allen Frantz, age 92, died peacefully on April 11, 2020 at her home in Meadow Ridge, Redding, Connecticut, where she moved to be nearer her children after residing for fifty years in Pittsburgh, PA. Sue, as she was known to her many friends, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 24, 1928. Her parents were James Smoot Allen and Ruth Rodgers Allen of Washing-ton, Kentucky. Her brother, General James R. Allen, who preceded her in death, was Superin-tendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Powers Europe. Su-zanne attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia and the University of Kentucky in Lexington. During a Christmas holiday dance at the US Military Academy at West Point, Suzanne met her brother’s friend, cadet Robert Lewis Frantz. Sue and Bob were married in Louisville, Kentucky on November 20, 1948. Sue and her family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Bob be-came a partner in the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll. After his retirement from active duty in the Army, Sue supported Bob in his decision to continue in the Army Reserve. He commanded the 99th ARCOM which includes Ohio, West Virginia and half of Pennsylvania. When Bob eventually rose to the rank of Major General, it was Sue who pinned on his two stars. In Pittsburgh, she became the living embodiment of the term “southern hospitality.” She was gracious, kind and generous to all who knew her. Her parties and the other activities she organized were famously wonderful. She loved this aspect of her life. And she never lost her lilting southern accent. Su-zanne believed strongly in the importance of giving back to her community. During her hus-band’s studies at Harvard Law School, Suzanne was President of the Harvard Law Wives. She was Chairman of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of the Commonwealth of Pennsyl-vania, Allegheny County Committee, President of Women of Calvary Episcopal Church, Presi-dent of Hillcrest Garden Club, served on the Women’s Committee Carnegie Museum of Art, Junior League of Pittsburgh, Auxiliary Board of Shadyside Hospital, and was a Trustee of Holmes House. She was a member of The Pittsburgh Golf Club. She is survived by her three children, all living in Connecticut: Charton Christopher Frantz, Rodgers Allen Frantz and Ruth Patterson Frantz. She has five grandchildren, Robert Weymouth Frantz, Maximillian Kayser Frantz, Mar-shall Egan Frantz, Charles Christopher Frantz, Charlotte Rodgers Healy and two great grandchil-dren, Samuel Charles Frantz and Amy Helen Frantz. A celebration of Suzanne’s life will take place when it’s possible for people to gather happily together again. In lieu of flowers, the Frantz family would greatly appreciate any donation to The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (
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9 Guestbook Entries for Suzanne Allen Frantz

  1. Dear Ruthie, Roddy, Chris, and Family

    Our deepest sympathies upon the passing of your mother.
    So many deep feeling of hearth and home, friends and family….

    – Nathan, Sylvia, Cameron, and William

  2. Chris, Roddy and Ruthie, Your mother was such a special lady and I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you all during these trying times. She is with the General now and will always be with you.

    Your friend, Doug

  3. The faith community of Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Ct. sends our prayers and deepest condolences to the family of our beloved parishioner, Suzanne. We are grateful to have known her as a companion on this earthly pilgrimage. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
    –The Rev. Peggy Hodgkins

  4. To Ruthie, Roddy and Chris:

    I’m so sorry to learn of your mothers passing. I met her well before she moved to Redding. I so loved her style, pearls, and pearls of wisdom. I know the last years have not been kind to her and wish her well in her journey.

    With love and best wishes,


  5. Chris and family, our deepest condolences to you all. She was a wonderful person and a dear friend to my mother, Bits. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Bob and Sue were great friends and we miss them both. After moving to Pittsburgh to work at Buchanan Ingersoll, I received a call while taking our two year old daughter to the Zoo, inviting us to dinner. We came, directly from the zoo, dressed in shorts to find Bob and Sue had prepared a formal dinner in their dining room. That was our start at BI and we will never forget it. We hope the entire Frantz family is well and safe.

  7. Chris, Roddy, and Ruthie (and family),
    We were so sorry to hear today of Aunt Sue’s passing . May you be comforted by the good memories of Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob in earlier years where they played such a prominent part of our extended family. We both remember them at our wedding, and several visits to Pittsburg, Kentucky, and Virginia, in earlier times. Supportive, vivacious and smiling they were such a pleasant couple. Now may they rest among the saints of our family who went before them and are joined in heaven in God’s eternal love and mercy. May God comfort you with these good memories in this time of loss.
    Cindi & Jeff

  8. So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was a great wonderful woman and will be missed by all who knew her. Jim Moose, Maysville