Susan B.G. Bradman
B.G. Bradman CROSSWICKS - Susan Biddle Grosskreuz Bradman, a longtime Crosswicks resident
who spent more than 40 years actively volunteering for area historical
organizations and passionately advocating for historic preservation, died
peacefully at home in Crosswicks on Saturday. She was 89. During the nearly 70
years Mrs. Bradman lived in Burlington County, she served as president of the
Burlington County Historical Society and the Bordentown Historical Society;
vice president of the Chesterfield Township Historical Society; vice president
and charter member of the Friends of the Mansion at Smithville; chairperson and
charter member of the Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Commission;
trustee and secretary of the Crosswicks Foundation; member of the New Jersey
Historical Society; and member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of
America in the State of New Jersey. The widow of the late Army Lt. Col. John
Bradman, she traveled the world extensively with her children during her
husband's various tours of duty and was a pioneering member of the Girl Scouts
of the USA while living abroad. Mrs. Bradman served as deputy director of USA Girl Scouts in Stuttgart, Germany, and as chairperson of USA Girl Scouts Far East in Taiwan; she also opened Taiwan's first USA Girl Scout camp. In addition, she was
the co-leader and founder of the first Girl Scout troop in Crosswicks,
established in 1953. On March 17, 1961, Mrs. Bradman became the first American
serviceman's wife to visit the offshore military installation on Taiwan's island of Matsu at the special invitation of former
Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek. Mrs. Bradman worked as the
librarian at the now-defunct Bordentown Military Institute, where her husband
served as commandant of cadets. She later became an active board member of the BMI Alumni Association and assisted with
organizing reunions through 2006. Survivors include three daughters, Susann B.
Leidemer of Crosswicks, Cynthia B. Suozzo (and husband Michael) of Lansing, KS,
and Jacqueline B. Ginther (and husband Gene) of Stafford, VA; six
grandchildren, Catherine S. Leidemer, Michael John Suozzo, Matthew C. Suozzo,
Susan M. Suozzo, Cynthia G. Ralph and Margaret S. Ginther; and one
great-granddaughter, Jessica Susann Ralph. Mrs. Bradman was preceded in death
by her husband in addition to three sons, Charles Biddle Bradman, Army 1st Lt.
John Frederic Bradman and Robert Ellis Bradman. Memorial contributions may be
made to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409-6230. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peppler Funeral Home, Bordentown.
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