Helen Susanne Leary DeBartolo (Sue) age 80, passed on June 9, 2020 after a heroic battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family. Susanne was born September 30, 1939 in New Brunswick, NJ, the youngest of eight children by Helen W. and Russell S. Leary. She grew up in North Brunswick, NJ and lived in East Brunswick and South Brunswick. Surviving is her husband, Joseph, and three siblings, Jane Smith of East Brunswick, Arthur Leary of Atlantic City, NJ and Anita Mc Farland of Sebring, FL. Also surviving are her three wonderful children and their families; Kevin and Patti Kuuskvere of Charlotte NC, Linda and Christopher Laffan of New City, NY and Steven and Laurie Kuuskvere of Pennington, NJ. Her eight grandchildren are Kevin, Kelly, Christopher, Haleigh, Cara, Michael, Ryan and Drew. Jeff, Debbie and Jo Anne DeBartolo are survivors of her extended family.
Susanne grew up in North Brunswick, NJ. After graduating from Douglas College with a degree in elementary education, she taught for 33 years at John Adams Elementary School in North Brunswick. She was an active participant in many related endeavors including grade level leader, professional development instructor and education association leader.
In her free time she enjoyed a range of activities such as reading, travel, yoga, crafts, life-long learning classes, golf and music appreciation.
A private memorial service will be held for immediate family and friends on Friday, June 12, 2020 11:00 AM at MJ Murphy's funeral home at 616 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date when larger gatherings are permitted.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in her honor.