Suzanne Marie Gabennesch

April 20, 1954 - January 29, 2020

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Suzanne Marie Abell Gabennesch passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Suzanne attended Villa Madonna Academy, where she made friends for life. Suzanne was a consummate cosmetologist for 40 years. Beginning her career at Shillito's Canned Ego salon she excelled quickly in building clientele. She worked in several upscale salons in Cincinnati and Northern Ky: Urbanity, Hair Performers, Swain on Main, Chappies, Chaos and the last 18 years at D-Zyns, Ludlow, KY. She leaves many valued and loyal customers-many who became dear friends. Suzanne was also a talented artist in drawing, wood block prints and in later years, batik. Suzanne was a voracious reader and loved watching true crime stories. Suzanne was an avid gardener and enjoyed watching things grow as her parents also did. Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents, Velma and Joseph Ernest Abell. Suzanne is survived by her daughter, Leah Jo Abell; her sisters Mary Jo Cushing, Paula Weber (Walt) and Beth Manning (John), several nieces, nephews. Services will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Ave., Covington, KY 41015. Visitation from 12pm noon to 2pm, Service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Northern KY. 7388 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41018. Condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Virginia Boemker - Feb 1, 2020
Suzanne was my hairstylists that inspired me to be a stylist. I started out as an assistant for Susanne at Hair Performers. She was such a unique 💓 kind, funny, artistic and talented woman. Peace be with you Susanne and let your light shine bright.
Melissa Otten Howard - Feb 1, 2020
I graduated from the Villa with Suzanne. I have many fond memories of her. She was very kind to everyone. My condolences to her family. I will keep them in my prayers. She was a beautiful person inside and out.

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