Veola Suggs

Veola Suggs

Friday, June 18th, 1937 - Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Veola Suggs, of Florida, resided and passed away at home in Reynoldsburg, OH, on September 16, 2019, peacefully in her sleep, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s Disease and Leukemia. She was 82.

Veola Hogan Suggs was born on June 18, 1937 in Florida, and was preceded in death by her parents, David and Elma Hogan, Brothers, David, Robert, and Chuck, Sister, Mary Frances, daughter, Tonja Suggs Milton, and son-in-law, David Early.

Veola married her high school sweetheart, Roosevelt Suggs, also of Florida, who she lovingly was married to for over 62 years. Because Roosevelt was active in the US Air Force when they married, Veola became the dutiful Military wife and mother as they traveled together with their children for both his domestic and over seas assignments, including places like, France, Italy, China, Turkey, Germany, as well as Texas, Kansas, Michigan, and finally settling down in Ohio where Roosevelt retired from the military and the family has lived in Ohio ever since.

While stateside, she worked over 26 years as a phone operator for Southern, Pacific, and Ohio Bell, as well as AT&T. She also was an avid card player and was a long time member of the Pinochle Bugs, and international card playing club for women (and their spouses, nicknamed “pests” as the women were “Bugs”). Due to her long time involvement in the Pinochle Bugs group, she collected dozens of bug related pins she was well known for wearing. Some of her family are wearing bug pins today in her memory.

Veola is survived by her loving husband, Roosevelt Suggs, Her sons, Ronnie (Willy)Suggs, Gary (ex-Traci, ex-Danee) Suggs; daughters, Marche (Michael) Vendel, Toi (Josè) Santamaria, Tami (David, deceased) Early, and Patricia (Jeffrey) Smith; grandchildren, Linna (Tom Jordan), Donovan (Aubrey), Anita (Spencer Cohen), Ashley (Kade James), Derik, Tiera, Kcasey, Chris, Tim, Michael Jr., Klay (Arianna), Justine, Tia, Tonja (Tim Lowe), Trè, Jason, Marcos, Kailah (Ju Sisouvong), Dj, Jett, Michael James, and Audrey; 28 great-grandchildren, and She is also survived by her sister, Delores Hogan Johnson ; brothers, Alonzo (Joan) Hogan, Henry (Linda) Hogan, Joseph Hogan, and Dennis (Denise) Hogan; sister-in-law, Idell Hogan, as well as a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and special long-time friends Carol Reid (Lee) and Darlene McQuiller - Cundiff.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Ohio in her honor.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Chapel of Caliman Funeral Services
    3700 Refugee Rd
    COLUMBUS, OH 43232
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 3:00pm
    Chapel of Caliman Funeral Services
    3700 Refugee Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43232
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Love Always and Forever, Danee and Tom Knitter

Posted at 08:55pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Wendy Nicodemus

Posted at 07:41pm
She was an wonderful woman and I am so sorry for your loss.
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Ella Murphy

Posted at 07:36pm
In remembrance of our dear friend and Pinochle Bug Veola: We Bugs established strong ties with Veola and will always cherish her friendship. We loved our meetings on 2nd Saturday of each month and then hours of pinochle games that followed!!! We all learned from Veola because she was one of our best players. The Pinochle Bugs Club disbanded a few years back but nothing will replace our fun times traveling internationally to play in tournaments. We will remember our happy times together. God Bless and keep you during your hour of grief.

Patricia Smith Posted at 07:33pm

Even with Alzheimer’s, often mom would get up early on Saturday and say she has a bug meeting to get to! Amazing what the mind decides to remember! Thank you for your kind words about mom! Patricia Suggs Smith

Cynthia Hogan

Posted at 01:38pm
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. The Hogans, Kay, Ronald, Rodney, and Terry
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Sharon Wilson

Posted at 02:05am
Sister Delores and family,
You and your family are in our prayers that God will comfort and strengthen you during this time of bereavement. Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you. The Wilson and Richardson Families

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