NANTUCKET, Mass. â€" Susan Lochtefeld Crecca, of Nantucket, died Nov. 29, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Charleston, W.Va., and spent most of her early life in Charleston. As a teen, she spent her family vacations at the Jersey Shore in Lavallette, N.J., where at 12 years old, she met her future husband and the love of her life, James Barrett Crecca. They began a lifelong romance that lasted 53 years until his death in 2009. Susan graduated from Charleston Catholic High School in Charleston, W.Va., and St. Maryâ€™s College, Notre Dame in Indiana. During her lifetime with Jim they were owner operators, of the Fishermanâ€™s Inn in Lavallette, N.J., where she managed the front of the house while her husband what the chef. She also started and managed a successful gift shop â€œThings & Suchâ€ also in Lavallette. She was a fabulous cook and mother. Her hard work and dedication to everything she did was often the glue that held many volunteered charity events together. In 1964 Susan moved to the island of Nantucket with her husband and daughter, Ellen, where she volunteered at many charity and church events. She was a faithful parishioner at St. Mary Our Lady of the Isle, Catholic Church on Nantucket. They were active early members of the Nantucket Anglers Club and she was a regular attendee of Saint Maryâ€™s Rosary group. Perhaps one of Susanâ€™s greatest achievements was her dedication to her daughter Ellen. While trying to get on Island support for their daughter Ellen, she and her husband were instrumental in bringing The Kennedy Donovan Center to the island, by providing a home for them to run numerous programs for special needs children and adults on the Island, a legacy that will live on. Susan had mentored many a teenager on Nantucket and her dozens of nieces and nephews are better people because of her love and guidance. She will always be remembered for her gift of hospitality and opening her home and her dinner table to all. Susan is survived her daughter, Ellen Mary Crecca; her brothers, Charlie Lochtefeld and John Lochtefeld; and dozens of nieces and nephews who she loved and mentored throughout her life. Susan was predeceased by her husband, James Barrett Crecca, and her parents, Charles and Dorothy (Champe) Lochtefeld. There will be a period of visitation from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary Our Lady of the Isle Church, Nantucket, followed by a funeral Mass beginning at noon. Burial will be in St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in memory of Susan Crecca. Arrangements by John-Lawrence Funeral Home, Marstons Mills, Mass.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 1, 2013