SUSAN ANN LAWRENCE One month short of her sixty-seventh birthday, Susan Ann Lawrence passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Perram House hospice after a long struggle with cancer. Her husband Steve Schonwald was at her side. She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers John (Peggy), Paul (Jessie) and Bill (Gail) as well as nieces Suzanne and Christine and nephew Jonathan. Susan grew up in Port Credit, near Toronto, and graduated from Queen's University in 1968. She lived and taught school in England for several years before returning to Ontario where she worked as a teacher and in editing and publishing for many years. Music, especially folk music, was a huge influence in her life. She was part of a large Song Circle and had many, many friends as a result of her music. She wrote songs, sang, played piano and recorded her own CD "Welcome to Lawrenceville" three years ago. A mutual love of singing brought her and Steve together and she married for the first time at the age of 60. This made the last years of her life very happy and also gave her a wonderful new extended family. Susan will be greatly missed by Steve's daughter Jennifer, and his sons Martin (Lily) and Leo and grandchildren Sierra, Amber, Warren, Jacob and Samuel. The Lawrence family cottage on the Severn River was a strong influence in Susan's life and was a wonderful place for her to connect with her own family, her many musical friends and latterly with Steve's family who came from Philadelphia area to spend time there with her and Steve. We wish to thank the wonderful staff at Perram House and Susan's many close friends who supported her in the last few weeks, but especially, Lucy Bowers, Diana Gibbs, Roushell Goldstein and Sarah Swartz of Boston. There will be a memorial service at Trinity-St. Paul's Church, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto on Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m. followed by food, refreshments and the musical renditions of her beloved Song Circle. In lieu of flowers, donations to Perram House (www.perramhouse.ca) or the Women's Healthy Environments Network (www.womenshealthyenvironments.ca). Susan will be remembered with great affection and admiration for her resilience as she made the last years the best of her life, despite her cancer. Not just surviving the illness, but thriving and blooming.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2013