Inflammatory Breast Cancer claimed the life of Susan Freed, after a two and one half year illness.|
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard Paul Skodney and Helen Ujhelyi Skodney. Surviving her are her devoted husband of 41 years, Gary Emerson Freed; their son, Seth; sister, Marianne Skodney (Tom Jetton); sister-in-law, Beth Freed; and many cousins, friends and unofficial family members.
While this illness took her far earlier than Susan was willing to leave this life, she loved her time spent here laughing, loving and enjoying the days and years she felt very fortunate to have.
Susan graduated from Lorain Admiral King High School and Bowling Green State University. At BGSU she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, and a chapter Vice-President. She spent her career teaching English, speech and language arts in the Revere Local School District. There, she made lasting friendships among teachers, students and parents. She was a member of the Revere Education Association, OEA and NEA.
Besides loving literature and the occasional term paper, she was a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan. She and Gary followed The Tribe to Spring Training in both Florida and Arizona.
Her other interests included travel, antiquing, listening to the blues, movies, and reading and spending time with friends and loved ones.
She was a board member of the Blue and White Pottery Club and served as secretary for Art and History Class in Wadsworth. Additionally, she was secretary of NAMI Medina County and taught Family-to-Family classes for several years.
During her illness, Susan found special support through the Facebook IBC/BC Mets group, and Stewart's Caring Place Breast Cancer Support Group. CaringBridge.org made communication much easier and so did those who followed her journey on that website.
Immense gratitude goes to Dr. Massimo Cristofinilli and the IBC Team at Fox Chase Cancer Center (now the Jefferson University Hospital), both in Philadelphia, and to Dr. Lois Teston and the oncology team at University Hospitals in Cleveland and Sharon Center.
The family requests that charitable contributions be made to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation (@erase.ibc.org) or to the Jefferson Foundation/IBC Research by Dr. Massimo Cristofinilli, 925 Chestnut St., Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
A memorial service will take place at the Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home (39 S. Miller Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333). Service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and will be followed by a social gathering (dress-business casual).
Those wishing to honor Susan may do so by sharing a glass of good wine with a friend and reminding each other how much love they share. She also wants all to know she felt privileged to have the best husband, son, and friends and family anyone could ever ask for. "Their support carried me through this ordeal with minimal pain and maximum kindness."
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 13 to Jan. 18, 2013