Share This Obituary

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“Condolences to you and your family at this time of sorrow from Rita ans I. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Clarence Madore - No.Conway, NH

“She was an amazing women who taught me so much. I loved having her as a teacher in middle school and high school, she always believed in me. Thought...Read More ยป
2 of 7 | Posted by: Christy Biddlecom - Suffield, CT

“So very sorry for your loss ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: David/Debbie Watkins - Suffield, CT

“Don, Kim, Christina and Jeff,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time. Sincerely,Sue Engle (Brinker) ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Sue Engle (Brinker) - Evanston, IL

“Dear Don & family,May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Steven & Paulette Brockett - FL

“Sorry to hear about Mrs. Miner's passing. She was one of my favorite teachers. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Nina Vono - Porter, ME

“With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

Deborah Susan Miner, of Suffield, passed from us on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Stanley Wendell Gustafson and Joyce Elaine Koehrman Gustafson and was born in 1953 in Lansing Michigan. She leaves her husband of 35 years, Donald Miner of Suffield. Her influence survives through her three children whom she supported passionately, a daughter Kimberly Madore and her husband Gregory of Glendale, California, a daughter Kristina Miner of Newington, CT and a son Geoffrey Miner and his wife Rachel of Suffield. She leaves a grandson, Joseph Madore (son of Kimberly and Greg) of Glendale. She also leaves behind four siblings in Ohio - Cynthia Nissen, Andrew Gustafson and his wife Julie, Benson Gustafson and his wife Kathleen, and Lisa Loach - as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.She was predeceased by her infant twins, Kendra and Sarah. She made every opportunity possible to spend time with her family, and support them any way she could. A true midwestern girl of the 1950s, she moved numerous times during her formative years around Ohio, Michigan and Illinois as her father was transferred to advance his career. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in early elementary education, pursued graduate studies in business and education at Bowling Green State University, and later earned a master’s in education in an on-line program, undeterred by the challenge of embracing unfamiliar technology. She was most in her element teaching young people. She was director of a large day care center in Toledo before retiring to motherhood. Later she returned to the classroom eventually as the home economics teacher at Suffield High School. Her classes were always over-subscribed with teenagers eager to learn how to cook a quick meal, care for young children or put together a resume and interview for a job. She openly accepted students of all learning abilities, making the necessary accommodations out of love and a genuine belief in their future. Her sense of accomplishment and satisfaction soared as numerous former students would tell her how her class influenced their lives for the better, often in sparking interest in a career. Resourcefulness motived by resolve; Deborah was the type of person who was focused, who worked to overcome any obstacle that got in the way of what she wanted. When she was young Deborah was an artistic roller skater who competed at the national level. Throughout her life she loved cooking, crafts, and sewing, and for a number of years participated in craft fairs, sometimes with her mother, and sewed clothes and Halloween costumes for her children when they were young. She imprinted Suffield with her willingness to raise her hand. She served the Friends of Suffield as president and chairman of the crafts fair for several years before returning to the classroom. As faculty advisor for the National Honor Society, she helped organize and chaperone the annual volleyball marathon for about 15 years. By far her greatest accomplishment was raising three wonderful children who have turned into independent, successful and compassionate adults and model citizens. She believed in education, foundations, living by the golden rule of treating others well just because it was the right thing to do. Deborah’s family will receive friends Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 4-7 PM at Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. N. (Rt. 159), Suffield. The family will hold a private burial in Toledo, OH. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.