Obituary: Susan Levine

Obituary: Susan Levine

She was a native of Birmingham, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and a mother of two.

Susan Roth Levine died peacefully in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the age of 74.

Susan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Anne Silver; her daughter and son-in-law, Mindy and Michael Planer; her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Steve Friedberg; her grandchildren, Justin and Eric Silver and Austin and Dani Planer; her niece and nephews, Jenni and Brian Friedberg-Swenson and Andy Friedberg; her great-nephews, Noah, Josh and Sam Friedberg-Swenson; and many cousins and friends who loved her so much. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan D. Levine; her companion, Madison O’Kelley; and her parents.

Susan was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Birmingham, Ala., to Adolph and Esther Roth. She graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1961 and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. During her time in New York, she met and married Stuart Silver, and they had their two children, Mindy and Paul. In the early 1970s, Susan moved back to Birmingham with her children. After moving to Birmingham, she worked as a cardiac catherization technician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She later worked in the marketing department for the Birmingham News, where she was featured in several photo layouts. She also volunteered many hours at the Birmingham Crisis Center and Temple Beth-El and as an elder companion.

Susan’s children know her as a wonderful, loving and zany mother who was their biggest cheerleader and encouraged them to pursue their passion and goals. Susan had an eye for fashion, a taste for good food and wine, and a great sense of humor. She lived life to the fullest. Susan was small in stature but giant in presence, and everyone who met her was charmed. Her friends and family will remember her warm laugh, her vivid imagination and her desire not to let challenges stand in her way.

Sign the online guestbook at A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the home of Paul and Anne Silver, and the family will be sitting shiva Sunday, Oct. 15. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Birmingham Crisis Center at, the American Lung Association at or Hospice Atlanta at Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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