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Susan J. Wildau, longtime Boulder artist, activist, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother extraordinaire died Friday, June 19th at her home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Susan was defined by her passionate beliefs in world peace, environmental preservation and a national political process that could work for all.

She grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 after attending school Switzerland and spending a year in London before arriving in New York. She married Hans Wildau from Darmstadt, Germany in 1943 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she raised three children while studying and making sculpture, organizing and teaching art in the inner-city, and hosting friends and international student visitors at her splendid table.

In 1977, Susan and Hans moved to California's beautiful Carmel Valley. After Hans's death, Susan came to Boulder, where she resided for nearly 16 years. She was an active member of Democratic Party and worked enthusiastically to register voters in every national election cycle. She kept active in a French discussion circle and with a world affairs group that convened weekly at the West Boulder Senior Center.

A woman with strong views, Susan Wildau was not reluctant to speak her mind. From her earliest years in the United States, she worked for causes she believed would improve lives of the less fortunate and ultimately create a better world.


Susan learned Spanish in her 60s and traveled adventurously ---- climbing volcanoes in Nicaragua, recording cave paintings in Australia and delivering medical supplies to Cuba รข often living with families in the small communities where she studied. She will be remembered most for her culinary magic; her eloquent sculpture in ceramics, bronze and plaster; and her uncanny ability to make soup from stones.

Survivors include son Rob of Atlanta, his wife Karen and their children Gabriel and Brie; son Rich of Boulder, his wife Sharon McClew and their children Jennika and Arielle; and daughter Jackie of New York City, her husband Mark Opshinsky and their children Oliver and Anya. She is also survived by a brother, Carl Landman of Atherton, California and a sister, Lotte Hirsch of West Lafayette, Indiana.

The family will host a celebration of Susan's life at Chautauqua Park at 3 PM on Saturday, September 5th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to American Jewish World Service, the National Resources Defense Council, or Special Transit of Boulder.