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Susan Steckley

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Susan P. Steckley 1950-2012 Susan P. Steckley, 62, died Monday July 9, 2012 in the comfort of her home where she had been surrounded by family and friends, following a very long illness. Sue was born Feb 19, 1950 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of U.S. Army Capt. Eric G. and Doris (Aune) Peterson. The family moved to Pelham, NY where Sue spent her infant years. Then they moved to Danbury, CT where Sue received her education in local schools. Sue enjoyed annual trips to her grandparents (Aune) home in Chicago, and monthly trips to the Stamford, CT home built by her grand-father (Peterson) to see her grandmother and Aunts. While working in Danbury for Sperry Div. of Automation Industries, Sue met Brian Steckley. She and Brian were married Dec. 27, 1969 at the Congregational Church on Deer Hill Avenue. Three years later they moved to Vermont and lived in Pownal Center. Sue loved gardening, was a great cook with all the fresh and canned produce, and she used many old family recipes . Their three daughters were born while living in Pownal, and were of course their pride and joy and main interest. The Steckleys moved to their current address in Bennington in 1978. When the girls started school full time, Sue began her career outside of the home. She worked for a few years in retail, and then as a Real Estate Broker with Century 21, followed by Mortgage Originator at First Vermont Bank. The last two decades of her professional life were spent focused on health care. Sue organized the program for resident doctors in emergency medicine at Albany Medical Center for ten years. Then she became the assistant to the director of the skilled nursing facility at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY. Finally, she worked as an assistant in the HR Dept. of United Counseling Service here in Bennington until the time of her disability in July, 2010. Sue was very active in community service. She served as an officer of the former Bennington Women's Club and chaired a major fund raiser. She was active with the Adults Interested in Monument parent teacher group, working on fundraisers and the school playground. Sue was president of the former Mount Anthony Lioness Club the year that they built the band stand on the grounds of the Vermont Vets Home. Sue's dedication to Lions continued in the Norshaft club as Secretary and on many committees including Spirit of Sharing and the Car Show. She served two terms on the board of directors of UCS and chaired their annual casino night fundraisers. During the famous October snow storm of 1987, Sue collected funds, did the grocery shopping, helped prepare and deliver hot meals to more than 100 people.. Sue loved entertaining, and had a flair for decorating for parties and holidays. Sue also showed her artistic creativity in her decorative oil paintings and making jewelry. In addition to her husband, Sue is survived by their three daughters: Kristen and Tim Pierce of Leland, NC, Renee and Jody Speir of Brunswick, NY, and Lisa and Jay Martinez of South Burlington, VT. Sue had four grandsons: Alex Pierce, Jacob and Griffin Martinez, and Damon Lucas Speir. She has a sisters in law Gloria Peterson of Readfield, ME and Elaine Toole of Albertville, AL: brother in law Charles Steckley of Cape Coral, FL; five nieces and five cousins. Sue was predeceased by her brother Robert Peterson and a nephew Jean Luc Peterson. There will be no calling hours. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at a future time in Stamford, CT. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to either the Norshaft Lions Club or VNA and Hospice at SVMC through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street Bennington VT 05201. Guestbook condonlences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.com

Published in Bennington Banner on July 12, 2012
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