Iris Margarette Suhoski (nee Walker) 89, of Parsippany, NJ passed away Sunday October 17th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband, Czeslaw (Chester), she is survived by her son Robert and wife Lori, her daughters Rhonda Carr and husband Ray; Tina Ruckh and husband Bill; Linda Martinussen and partner, Craig; her grandchildren Julie and husband Mark, Victoria, William, Chet and Alena; her great grandchildren Maxwell, Jackson and Robbie and other beloved relatives and friends in the U.S and U.K.
Born in Coventry, England in 1932, her early years coincided with WW2 when her city was blitzed in 1940. In the evenings, her family would flee to the countryside to avoid the bombings. She grew up living in Coventry and Market Harborough, England where her father owned and operated a factory that manufactured industrial components including those used in the war effort. She worked there as a young woman and learned how to set up and operate the machines. This is where she met her future husband Czeslaw, a machinist, who was a Polish immigrant living in a nearby refugee camp in the English countryside. Czeslaw and Iris later decided to make a new start in the United States. No sooner had they settled in their home in Newark, NJ, when her husband was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Landstuhl, Germany. They lived in Germany for a few years and had their first child before returning to the United States. Later they settled in a Lake Parsipanny, NJ, raising their 4 children. The couple started their own manufacturing business, initially out of their garage, and incorporated the business in 1972. In the early years of the business, to make ends meet, Iris also worked part time as district manager for the Daily Record newspaper. Iris and Czeslaw worked hard but also enjoyed a vibrant family and social life. Although she was a reserved woman who avoided the center of attention, Iris loved people, dancing and traveling. She often opened her home to host many a gathering. She was in her element when she could share fun times with her family and friends at home and in her homeland, England.