Brenda A. Sutter

                                                                Brenda A. Sutter “Nanny”

BrendaSutter 2Vassalboro- Brenda A. Sutter passed peacefully on August 16, 2021, into the arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, with her children by her side.  Nanny had struggled most of her life with many health issues, but always overcame the odds, and surprised the doctors with the help of the Lord.  She was supposed to lose her leg as a child due to a tumor, she was never supposed to walk again after the age of 18, she was going to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home after being on life support in 2002; but that’s not the end of the story.  She was still walking and living with her daughter, son and two oldest grandsons up until the day the Lord decided her race was over.  When asked how she did it by many doctors, nurses, and others, she would always answer, “me and the Lord, one step at a time.”  Nanny is now enjoying paradise with the Lord, and a glorious reunion with those who went before her and were saved.  We know she is there because of the scriptures, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)  Brenda was saved in 1973, at the same time that she met her husband of 28 years, Ronald C. Sutter Sr., they are enjoying their reunion in heaven as we speak.

Brenda was born in Gardiner, Maine on November 28, 1948 to parents Robert C. Bodge Sr. and Pauline E.A. (Smith) Bodge.  She was raised and graduated from high school in Richmond, Maine.  She worked many jobs that she talked about often, the fish factory, the woolen mills, shoe shops, digital, but her most important and fulfilling job was that of wife and mother.  She lived in West Gardiner with her husband and four children from 1973 until December of 2020, when she moved with her daughter to Vassalboro, Maine.  She has been an active member of Church Hill Baptist Church in Augusta, Maine for twenty years, and will be greatly missed by an amazing church family.  Her favorite hobbies were collecting coca cola memorabilia, many types of crafting, spending as much time with her children and grandchildren as possible, and most recently, watching Maine Cabin Masters on television, and yelling at them when they do something wrong.

Brenda was predeceased by a son, Ronald C. Sutter Jr. in 1985, her husband, Ronald C. Sutter Sr. in 2001, her parents, and brother William Robbins. 

She is survived by daughter Ronnette Partridge and husband Gary of Litchfield, Maine; daughter Paula Gravelle of Vassalboro, Maine; and son Paul Sutter of Vassalboro.  Also six grandchildren who brought her amazing joy, Ronnie, Avery, Megan, Cameron, Kylie, and Kaleese.  And four siblings, Donna Smith and husband Harry of Richmond, Maine; Bucky Bodge and wife Debbie of Richmond, Maine; Kenny Bodge and wife Pat of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Randy Bodge and wife Kathy of Richmond, Maine.  Special family, Aunt Connie Smith and Uncle Reggie Smith of Richmond, Maine, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and honorary grandchildren.

Her family and friends would like to thank the many healthcare workers that have cared for her all her life and especially at the end at Maine General Hospital in Augusta, and a special thanks to friend and nurse Jessie Blake, and personal aid Tina Libby, who cared for and loved her like she was their own mom.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Church Hill Baptist Church on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm; 258 Church Hill Road, Augusta, Maine.  Visiting hours will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm; 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Church Hill Baptist Church at P.O. Box 5190, Augusta, ME  04332.