Susan Pernice (1960 - 2015)

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Susan Mary Pernice, 54, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Maryland. Susan was born October 15, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Robert F. Pernice, Sr. and Mary Vitale Pernice. In 1983, Susan graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in education and psychology. After marrying James R. Damiano in 1987, the couple lived in Boston's North End for twenty years before moving to Huntington, Connecticut and, later, to Westminster, Maryland. Susan loved sharing time with family and friends and caring for her five wonderful dogs, Duncan, Bailey, Rudy, Mulligan, and Kodi. No matter where she went, Susan made new friends effortlessly and she was always happy to extend a helping hand to anyone who might need one. In addition to her work as a Customer Care Manager, Susan worked tirelessly, for many years, as an organizer for the Boston Marathon, as a volunteer for the New York City Marathon, and as a fundraiser for numerous charitable causes including cancer research, education, and treatment. A twenty-year breast cancer survivor herself, Susan overflowed with empathy, emotional support, and practical advice for others suffering from life-threatening diseases and debilitating ailments. Along with her parents and husband, Susan is survived by her three sisters, Judy Pernice, Deborah Duffy, and Kara Pernice, and two brothers, Robert Pernice, Jr. and Joseph Pernice. A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon at St. John Catholic Church (47 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157). A reception, immediately following the service, will be hosted by friends and neighbors Chris and Becky Partenza of Westminster. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Susan to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund (jimmyfund.org) or to the North Shore Animal League (animalleague.org).



Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 8, 2015
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