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ELIZABETH "SUE" B. ROWE - SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. - Elizabeth "Sue" B. Rowe, beloved wife of Francis H. Rowe for 55 years, passed away peacefully in Manchester Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family on June 9, 2014, after a short but hard fought battle with cancer. She was just a few days short of her 77th birthday. She was born June 18, 1937, in Morristown, N.J., daughter of the late William F. Barkman and Elleanor Ives Barkman. As a young child she moved to Essex, Vt., and graduated from Essex Junction High School, Class of 1955, and graduated from Tufts University, Bouve-Boston School of Physical Therapy, Class of 1959. She worked as a part-time contract physical therapist for a period of time while raising her children, and ultimately followed her dream as an animal lover to become a veterinarian's technician for two veterinary clinics. Sue was an active volunteer in the lives of her children, Hal and Ellen, whether it be as a den mother for Cub Scouts, a 4-H leader, South Windsor Friends for Music treasurer, or South Windsor High School tennis team manager. She was a doting grandmother to Spencer and Samantha Levesque, and Trevor and Nicholas Rowe, always camera in hand to capture every event. She also found time for her own hobbies. She took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens and was an avid collector of exotic indoor and outdoor plants, such as bromeliads. Her pride and joy in life has always been her Brittany hunting/show dogs. Sue was always on the go whether showing, hunting dog tests, or breeding of her dogs. She was an active member of the Southern New England Brittany Club as Secretary and Treasurer. She bred and raised numerous Brittany's going on to qualifying several AKC show champions. She leaves behind her two current faithful Brittany's, Tyler and Scout. She always looked forward to her annual trips to the Maine seashore, as well as her participation at both her and Fran's high school reunions. "Sue, Mom, Liz" will be deeply missed but always remembered by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Francis H. Rowe; son, Hal Rowe of Southington, Conn.; daughter, Ellen (Rowe) Levesque and husband, Paul Levesque, of South Windsor, Conn.; grandchildren, Spencer Levesque of Ellington, Conn., and Samantha Levesque of South Windsor, Conn., Trevor and Nicholas Rowe of Marlborough, Conn.; and "adopted" children, Dale McGraw Savluk, Chris Rich, and Gary Shapiro. Calling hours will be at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, Conn., on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest book. Donations can be made to the American Brittany Rescue Inc., on behalf of Sue Rowe, info@americanbrittanyrescue.org, or call 1-866-BRIT911; or an animal rescue of your choice.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 11, 2014
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