Suzanne Dietz Siegel died June 16, 2010, in her home in Marina del Rey, Calif., where she spent her last days surrounded by her family.

Born in New York on Dec. 7, 1937, to Hilda and Alexander Schor, she grew up as a dancer and theatre enthusiast. In the 1950s, her family relocated to Westport, where she met and married fellow creative spirit David Dietz. Together the couple raised their three children in the artistic beach community.

Siegel was involved in Hadassah and ORT, and gave her time and enthusiasm to support many causes. She was founder and co-owner of "On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts" in Westport and hosted the Professional Actors' Workshop,which boasted a list of local celebrity talent. She went on to produce cabaret style shows with "5-J Productions" along with her friend and producer, John Franklin.

Following the untimely death of her husband in 1995, she found happiness again when, in 1999, she met and married Robert Siegel in southern California. The couple had spent the last 11 years living on the beach, supporting the arts, traveling the world and enjoying their children and grandchildren.

She lived her life giving joy and sharing her radiant smile and zest for life with all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Robert; her mother, Hilda; her children and their spouses, Tanya and Al, Zarek and Kristin, Raquel and Paul, and Lauren; and by her grandchildren, Maya, Daniela, Jayson, Sierra and Ainsley.

A private family burial took place at Mount Sinai in Los Angeles.

Donations in her name may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at www.wish.org