Honoring the Life by Telling the Story

Cecil Sutphen

April 23, 1929 - December 24, 2017
Milwaukee, WI



Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM CST
Villa Terrace
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-3656

Cecil's family will greet friends following the Memorial Service until 3:00 PM.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington Street Suite 200
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
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American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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Milwaukee Catholic Home
2462 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Life Story / Obituary


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On December 24, 2017, Cecil Sutphen died after 88 long and active years. He is survived by his five children, Sussan, Diane, Lady Cecil, Mona, and David, as well as five wonderful grandchildren, Morgan, Shelbie, Sydney, Davis, and Austin.

Born at the end of the Great Depression, Cecil lived a full life. He was kind, social, and a progressive thinker and advocate who never passed up an opportunity for a healthy debate. He lived his values and found much happiness and satisfaction through his career at the National Labor Relations Board and his commitment to community activism. Always a tinkerer, later in life he embraced his creative side by inventing a grill, refurbishing homes, and reupholstering antique furniture. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his late wife, Judy, and his children and grandchildren who he cherished. He was loved and will be missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Villa Terrace, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202. The family will greet friends following the service until 3:00 PM.

. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Cecil’s name to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 (curealz.org) or the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004 (aclu.org) or Milwaukee Catholic Home, 2462 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211 (milwaukeecatholichome.org).