Ben’s Belling for family that has provided Christmas dinner at Peppi’s House since 1999

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On Christmas Day 1998 Susan Teitelbaum was at TMC’s inpatient Hospice unit, Peppi’s House, sitting with her mother who would pass away a few weeks later. Susan and her family were unable to find any place to eat because everything was closed.

She decided from then on she would provide food so other families would not face the same frustration. And so she and her family have faithfully brought in food on Christmas Eve for the last 13 years so families will have a meal on Christmas.

In recognition of Susan’s generosity and kindness Hospice nurse, Jill Fuller, R.N., nominated her for a Ben’s Bell, for those who promote kindness and community. “Her and her family’s generosity on behalf of our families is truly appreciated, and it comforts family members.”

After receiving word from Jeannette Maré, mother of Ben and executive director of Ben’s Bells, the Hospice staff invited Susan and her family to Peppi’s House this past Wednesday to thank them for their support over the years. Susan didn’t know she would be belled.

Each week a person who betters Tucson is “belled.” Go to to submit a name. Go to or call 628-2829 for information. Recipients are featured on Friday’s Morning Blend on KGUN 9 and Saturday’s Arizona Daily Star.

A number of Susan’s family members, all of whom have helped deliver the food over the years, were on hand for the recognition. They included Susan’s brother, Dobie Frazier, his wife, Kathy, and Susan’s children Eric Teitelbaum, Shelby Teitelbaum, Nichole Foutz and Johnna Hall. Susan and Dobie’s brother, Jeff Frazier, was not able to attend.

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