Susan Chastain Grimm
Susan Chastain Grimm – 1/16/1944 – 3/28/2018 (from Obiturary)
Susan graduated from Indiana University, where she was active in Kappa Kappa Gamma. She moved to Chicago where she then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
Susan, a fashion model for a time, then turned her efforts to several design-related businesses. She formed a respected interior design firm, Susan Chastain and Associates, joined later by her good friend, Roe Faraone. Susan helped with planning the decor for Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first office. Another well remembered project of her work was the Main Hangar Restaurant at the Decatur Airport. Susan’s design skills made it one of the most popular destinations in town.
In recent years, Susan applied her talents to her business of selling beautifully hand-painted glassware with her good friend, Dusty Stemer. Always an independent design professional, she was consistently designing fine jewelry, as she had since the 1960’s. In the 1980’s her creations were used internationally by Italian and Israeli jewelry companies. Susan frequently shared her artistic talents through the years by volunteering to help friends and charitable organizations, including many years serving on the Women’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the community of Dune Acres Civic Improvement Foundation, where she designed the town logo and generously oversaw the interior redesign of the Clubhouse.
In 1976 she married Terry Grimm on an overseas vacation. She passed away on August 28, 2018, after a long illness, a resident of Chicago, Dune Acres, IN and Lake Wales, FL