Zina Surprenant, 92, a resident of Plaistow, N.H., died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 in Methuen.
Born in Bozrah, Conn. on Jan. 11, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Fedora (Shemet) Laputz and was the loving wife of the late Victor J. Surprenant who she married on May 6, 1950 at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Norwich. They lived in Norwich until 1955 when they moved to California for five years before returning to Fairfield, Conn. While in Fairfield she worked for many years as a secretary at the University of Bridgeport. In 1988 she relocated to Plaistow, N.H. to be closer to her daughter Linda. She embraced the move and with a desire to be part of the community she became a member of the Vic Geary Senior Center where for 20 years she volunteered her time, as she put it, “serving the elderly”. Having a positive attitude and a love of life allowed her to stay active doing the things she loved to do, knitting, reading, shopping and most of all playing bridge, which she continued to do twice a week with her “bridge friends”. As a woman of strong faith she was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Norwich. She is survived by her daughter Linda Gordon and husband Richard; grandson David Gordon; brother, Michael Laputz; sister Mary Busch; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Victor, she was predeceased by two brothers, Harry and Sherosh Laputz; two sisters, Alice Laputz Burelle and Helen Laputz Radzwilowicz; and two nephews, Vincent Radzwilowicz and Joseph Busch, III.
Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 141 Central Ave, Norwich. The funeral will assemble on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home and proceed to a graveside service at 11:30 am at St. Nicholas Church Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 35 Convent Ave, Norwich, CT 06360.
Published on  September 21, 2017