Obituary of Hannah Schussel
Hannah Marcia Schussel (née Schulz) was born on the first day of Spring, March 20, 1950 in Jamaica, Queens. On January 15, 2021, after telling her husband “I love you,” she succumbed to heart failure at the University of Pennsylvania hospital. She was 70 years old.
Hannah, daughter of Morris and Natalie Schulz, grew up in Great Neck, New York and developed a passion for retail at a young age, spending many days in her grandfather’s appliance store, Plesser’s. Every Saturday of her childhood, Hannah walked to temple with her beloved father and her younger sister, Anita.
She attended Nassau Community College and Hoftstra University, earning her Masters in Special Ed, but quickly found her passion in sales, first wholesaling bras and girdles for Playtex. She then sold radio ad space for WKTU, the hottest rock station in Manhattan. And for a short, glorious year, she and her lifelong friend, Marcia, ran a personal correspondence service called Ghost Writers.
Hannah’s gift was knowing her customers. Upon moving to Princeton with her two young daughters, she and her husband opened Toys...the Store, the first of its kind on Palmer Square. They ran the shop successfully for seven years, at one point opening a second location in Pennington. Through her daughters’ acting, Hannah became involved with McCarter Theatre Center, and she later created McCarter’s first and only gift shop, serving as buyer, merchandiser, and manager of a network of volunteers. Her next venture was Hannah!, an accessories boutique that showcased her unique sense of style. Most recently, Hannah was the Assistant Manager for BCBG’s MaxAzria store in Lord & Taylor at Quaker Bridge Mall, delighting in giving her clients personal attention, and in wearing her paycheck!
Hannah dressed impeccably in black, and the jangling of her bangles always announced her. She was constantly seeking her next entrepreneurial venture, as long as it left time for: dates with her husband, visits to the beach, sushi, Italy, everything her grandchildren said or did or drew, The Young and the Restless, The Rolling Stones, watching her daughter Madeline on TV, film openings and weekly movie dates, traditions and holidays, cooking multi-course meals, fashion and design, celebrity gossip, tequila, the gym, and keeping in touch with friends and family. She was the consummate cheerleader and the fiercest protector of everyone she loved.
She had no patience for rudeness, negativity, or wire hangers. She was vivacious and colorful, and optimistic to the last minutes of her life.
She is survived by her husband and best friend of 44 years, Sandy Schussel, her daughters Madeline Blue Schussel and Stefanie (Schussel) Todd, son-in-law Nathan Todd, grandchildren Penelope and Levi, her sister Anita (Schulz) Goldman and family, her mother-in-law Rita Schussel, her in-laws Buddy Schussel, Rick Schussel and sister-in-law Jodie (Schussel) Cohen and their families, all of her favorite cousins, her lifelong friends, and many fans.
A private funeral and burial was held on Tuesday, January 19th at Floral Park Cemetery in South Brunswick. Our sincerest thanks to Rabbi Robert Freedman for a beautiful service and for bringing so much light to her in her last few months of hospital stays. Thanks also to the Star of David Funeral Home, and to the staff at Penn Medical in Princeton and Philadelphia.
We plan to celebrate Hannah the way she deserves to be celebrated next year. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Hannah’s honor. [https://memories.net/timeline/hannah-schussel-94890#.YAhkjdSwbnQ.link]
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