December 15, 1945 - November 26, 2022
Sacramento, California - We are heartbroken to share the sudden passing of Susie Burton, a longtime Sacramento arts activist and financial executive, on November 26, 2022, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Susie was a uniquely friendly, caring, and generous person, loved by all who knew her.
Susie enjoyed a long, interesting, and highly successful twenty-five-year career in government financial services, holding executive positions as Assistant State Treasurer, Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Finance, and Chief Deputy Director of the Department of General Services. She chaired numerous bond committees, boards and commissions for Treasurer Tom Hayes and Governors Jerry Brown and Pete Wilson, developing a highly respected reputation for skillful leadership, common sense, and good humor.
In 1993 she brought her skills to the private sector as Vice President of the Institute for Fiduciary Education, developing seminars worldwide for investment executives of pension funds, endowments, and foundations. In 1998 she launched her own firm, S. Burton International, offering customized client services to financial advisors and money management firms. She also found time to serve on the Advisory Board of the Fiduciary College at Stanford Law School.
Born Susanne Glosecki on December 15, 1945, in Lake City, FL, she moved at an early age to Springfield IL, where she graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1963 and then attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1967 with a degree in Liberal Arts. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, cultivating a group of lifelong friends who have gathered every year since to celebrate their friendships. Susie regularly organized the meetings, reveling in providing surprise gifts and activities. After graduation, she married Robert Morgan, and they moved to Sacramento in the summer of 1968 to take jobs in state government.
Susie remarried on April 5, 1986, to the love of her life, James E. Burton. They moved to London, UK in late 2002 to take on a new challenge for Jim, where he headed up the World Gold Council. Susie took London by storm, joining the Kensington-Chelsea Women's Club, where she collaborated with new friends to take over the leadership and reinvigorate its placid agenda of activities. They focused on education and traveling to view art, architecture, and antiques, along with numerous fascinating speakers on the topics of the day. She cherished her new friendships and maintained them after returning to Sacramento in 2009, even as she reengaged with a large community of local friends.
Upon returning to Sacramento, Susie continued her immersion in art, dance, theater, and music. She served with distinction on the Crocker Art Museum Association Board of Directors from 2014-21. Susie also served on the Mondavi Center Advisory Board from 2020-22. She was an avid patron of Cap Stage and the Sacramento Ballet. She actively supported the arts in a variety of ways, thoroughly enjoying learning about new artists, techniques, and topics.
But most of all, Susie will be remembered as the wonderful "Aunt Susie" who enveloped her extended family with love, attention, joy, and fun. Predeceased by her parents, Andy Glosecki and Edith Crossland Glosecki, and her younger brother Steve Glosecki, Susie left behind a large family. She is survived by her husband, Jim, brother Mike Glosecki and wife Rita, sister Patricia Hunter and husband George, nieces Mimi Hunter and Patti Crass and husband Jason, nephews Mikie Glosecki and wife Tracy, Ian Glosecki and wife Renee, Andy Hunter and wife Alison, Louis Hunter and wife Jasmin, nephews Dylan Glosecki and Christopher Glosecki. Susie was the proud grand aunt to 8 great nieces and 4 great nephews, the new generation of her family. She also loved and actively supported Jim's extensive family.
Susie loved to travel, golf, ski, play bridge, read, and organize activities for others. In particular, she lovingly convened her extended and widely dispersed family numerous times each year to ensure that family bonds were refreshed. Susie was renowned for sending notes, cards, and clever gifts to everyone for every occasion. She brought her beautiful smile, charm, sense of humor, and determination to everything she undertook. Susie is loved and will be remembered by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-8pm, January 21, 2023, at The Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a worthy cause of your choice.