Suzanna Lengyel, 89, of Woodbridge died peacefully on January 12, 2019 in her home with family by her side. She was born on March 31, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary to the late Mihaly and Olga (Haas) Kadar. Suzanna and her future husband Peter left Hungary in 1956 after the failed Hungarian Uprising. They married in Vienna and then came to America as refugees, both 27 years old, at the end of 1956. They lived in New York City for seven years before spending a year in France and then moving to Hamden for two years and then Woodbridge in 1967. A librarian at Yale University for 40 years, Suzanna loved books and knowledge. She was an extremely social person, finding joy in meeting new people, learning nearly everything about them, and maintaining lifelong friendships. She had a knack for making everyone, even strangers, feel special. She and her husband enjoyed long walks in their neighborhood. Besides her husband, she will be remembered by her children Carole Lengyel (and husband Satori Iwamoto) of East Greenwich, RI, and Michael Lengyel of New York, NY, and grandchildren Alex, Nicholas, and Peter Iwamoto. She was predeceased by her brother Feri Kadar in 1945. Thanks to Laurie Luce, Stephen Anim-Akuffo, Lume, Diana Osei-Bonsu and Matthew Luce who were Suzanna's caregivers in her final years. Friends are invited to visit the family home on Saturday, January 19th between the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Suzanna's memory to the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org). BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements.

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  1. Oh my, I am so upset that the world has lost a wonderful human being! And I was looking forward to coming to see her on my trip east this coming summer. So sad to have missed the opportunity to see her one last time. She will be sorely missed by SO MANY people. We were blessed to have her in our lives.
    Merri Beth Lavagnino, former colleague at Yale
    mbl@prairieradio.com

  2. So very sorry to learn of Suzanna’s passing. She was such a lovely lady, inspiring Yale Library colleague, and wonderful book group friend for many years. My sympathy to her family. — Carol Jones

  3. Mrs. Lengyel was always one of our favorite customers at our family auto repair business in Woodbridge. We’ve been closed for years but Andy, Sonny, and the family still talk about her when we get together. She was always smiling and friendly and kind.

    The Malin Family

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