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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Susan Frances Wheeler, 51, of 50 Olsen Road, Lanesborough, died Tuesday morning at her home where she had lived the past 25 years.

Born in Pittsfield, March 11, 1955, a daughter of Bertha L. Hatch Truden and the late James F. Truden Sr., she attended Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Primarily a homemaker, she had at one time worked as a sales associate at The Gap, had a booth at the Vermont Antique Barn, the Bradley Farm, and as a private chef.

Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Lanesborough Historical Society, and the Lanesborough Scholarship Fund which she helped support through plant sales, and was at one time, a member of First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, and was an avid reader. She was considered an expert when it came to perennials and antiques and was always willing to share her knowledge with people. Children were her greatest love.

She leaves her husband, George Thomas “Tommy” Wheeler, whom she married Dec. 30, 1971.

Besides her husband and her mother, Mrs. Wheeler is survived by two sons, Christopher Wheeler of Pittsfield and Andrew Wheeler of Lanesborough; a daughter, Aimee Casey of Cheshire; two brothers, James F. Truden Jr., of Lee and Michael J. Truden of Pittsfield; four sisters, Kathleen L. Brassard of Palmetto, Florida; Mary E. Truden of Bradenton, Florida, Joanne M. Oggiani of Great Barrington, and Jennifer Jennings of Pownal, Vt.; and a grandson.

Funeral services for Susan Francis Wheeler, who died Tuesday, Dec. 12, will be Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:15 a.m. from Dery Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., at St. Charles’ Church, celebrated by the Rev. David R. Raymond, Pastor of North American Martyrs Church.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be today from 4 to 7 at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Wheeler may be made to Hospice Care in The Berkshires in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield.

Susan, who is remembered for her sense of humor that made all who knew her laugh, will be lovingly missed by her son-in-law, Todd Casey; her grandson, Conroy F. Casey; her mother-in-law, Margarethe Wheeler; brothers-in-law, Richard Brassard and Paul “PJ” Jennings, Scott Wheeler and Eric Wheeler; sisters-in-law, Linda (Mrs. James) Truden and Martha Brown; many nieces and nephews with whom she loved to play; and her two cats, Grace and Foofee.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 14, 2006
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