Every Easter, Wilton resident Suzanne Schintzius makes a bunny salad half a pear, a cottage cheese tail, slivered almonds sticking up for ears, raisins for eyes, a cherry for the nose, sitting atop a bed of lettuce. Even though she likes the Easter bunny, colored eggs and the cute new dress she buys, Easter has more meaning for Schintzius. It is a holiday about Jesus, the man who has kept her going through hard times.
"Easter is an annual reminder that Jesus died for my sins," she says. "He has given me new life, new hope. Easter to me is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as my lord and savior"
Schintzius had an idyllic childhood. She grew up in Woodstock, N.Y., Chappaqua, N.Y., and later surrounded by rolling hills and horse and buggies in Lancaster Pa., with loving parents she adored.
"Curveballs in life hit me later," she says.
Her husband of 20 years shocked her by revealing he was gay the same year her 19-year-old son, who had suffered with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile diabetes, died suddenly after contracting hepatitis A.
But instead of being depressed, Schintzius gets up every morning and tries to make the best of her days by helping others.
She is in charge of raising money for the Norwalk Hospital Foundation raising money to save lives.
"I try to serve Jesus by serving patients here at the hospital," she says.
Without faith in Jesus, Schintzus does not know what would have happened to her.
"I don't know what people do who do not have faith. That is the only thing to hold onto when things crumble around you," she says.
So, when Schintzus sits in the pews at Hope Church on Easter Sunday, she thinks about her daughter, Carolyn, who is on earth, and her son John, whom she knows is with God.
"The reality that my son is with God in heaven gives me hope that I will see him again someday," she says.
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