Passing of George Tietjen

Published on July 21, 2015

I’m reminded of how intelligent, candid, logical and assertive George was and at this time
I’ve been recalling his enthusiastic laugh. George is sorely missed. I remember how George and Sue interacted with LI TRIO volunteers and friends and they truly made a difference while providing important anecdotes that helped people new to transplantation; people who appreciated the peer to peer support at the time when they were first told they needed an organ transplant and gift of life.

Sue nursed and provided care to our LI TRIO Donor Rose Garden for years and she and George were fierce advocates of organ donation and transplantation. George led the LI TRIO Schools Speakers Bureau and was a dedicated volunteer and vice president of our chapter.

Sue and George are sorely missed and always remembered.

-Mike Sosna, Director of Communications and Public Policy
George’s sons welcomed us at the memorial service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Port Washington and asked that we post this message on our blog.

Mike, my father greatly enjoyed being part of your great organization over the years. Thank you for your thoughts. Best, George (on behalf of our family).

He also sent the following announcement:

Friends, it is with sadness that I inform you that my father George Tietjen joined my mother Susan Tietjen in Heaven on the morning of July 17, 2015.

He went peacefully with family at his side at North Shore University Hospital.

A memorial service honoring his life was held on Tuesday morning July 21 at 11 AM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington, NY.

He took pleasure in serving your organization for many years, and our family thanks you for including him in your work.

George Tietjen

Sue and George was interviewed by Newsday at the Long Island TRIO Donor Rose Garden Ceremony.

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Dear Tietjen Family,

I am saddened to hear of the passing of George but find peace knowing that he and Sue will be together in heaven.

I will always remember George for how truly grateful he was about the gift of life he received, his dedication to LITRIO, easy smile, his sense of humor, his love of cookies and his positivity. I remember his power point presentations and his kind invitation to join all of you for the luncheon after Sue’s memorial.

I regret that I wasn’t able to attend his memorial in person as I didn’t find out in time.

I wish your Family peace and healing as everyone mourns the truly remarkable man that was George.


Beth A Chapman (Cookie Lady)


George was a wonderful hard working, outspoken and truthful LI TRIO Board member. He will be missed.
Florence and Jerry

The minister at George’s service discussed how George, an avid boater, enjoyed steering his own boat. In fact, the minister stated that George liked to steer many types of things including board members and groups at his church. Fellow board members who were present understood this but we also knew that as a recipient of his wife’s kidney many years ago that she helped steer that ship. George was a grateful recipient of a live donor, his wife’s kidney. Their “Love Boat” sailed for many years and, I believe, continues to do so. George’s family thinks so too!                                                         Joy Oppedisano