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Susan Michelle Ei
Susan Ei, born in Detroit on April 3, 1952, was a multi-faceted woman who embraced all of humanity, animals, and the green earth with grace, gratitude, and an unbridled spirit; she was a true original. She transitioned during a raging rainstorm as if the universe were greeting her with wild abandon. She lived with a deep sense of adventure, fearlessness, and excitement.
Susan was the beloved mother of Lily Ei Zalon and Annie June Zalon. She was the deeply loved wife of Paul Zalon, sister of David Ei, Carol DeJong, Ellen Masta and Philip Willson.
Susan had an MA from the University of Michigan and was the Children's Librarian at the Pequot Library for the past 14 years. She and her assistant, Belle the Bunny, touched the lives of countless children and their parents. She knew how to play.
Susan was authentically wise and spoke from a place of love, acceptance, and joy. She expressed her opinions through actions rather than lengthy debates.
She had an enormous impact on all who knew her, near and far. Her beautiful soul emanated through her constant smile, her infectious laugh, and her willingness to live life with gusto. Her collection of friends spans her entire life, multiple locations, all walks of life, young and old.
She created unique and welcoming spaces everywhere she went: at home, at work, while entertaining scores of family and friends. Like a painter and sculptor; she could weave a one of a kind tableaux in an empty room.
Her legacy to her daughters, Lily and Annie, was planting the seeds in them to move in the world with strength, confidence, imagination, intelligence, storytelling, appreciation for beauty and nature, authenticity, and a deep well of caring and loving.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 4, 2017.
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March 29, 2019
Still think of you often. You are missed.
Toni Consiglio
Friend
June 18, 2017
A very beautiful girl, it was my privilege to be your classmate in junior high and also high school. You are gone from our lives much too soon. We all love you.
Gregory Turner
Classmate
April 15, 2017
Susan brought gentleness, kindness, strength, and joy into every encounter. She was an exquisite being whose depth had no bounds. A goddess.
Jodie Hruby
April 10, 2017
Susan was a remarkable and joyful person who will be deeply missed. Sincere condolences to her family.
Jennifer Froese
Family
April 10, 2017
Susan was outstanding. Her memory will stay with me.
guntis mikelsons
April 8, 2017
Susan was a most remarkable woman and will be missed dearly. So very blessed to have known her, heartbroken over her passing. She leaves two spectacular daughters, Lily and Annie, her legacy.
Debbie Burns
April 8, 2017
Susan was not only a very close friend but my inspiration. Her philosophy was "Life is either a great adventure or nothing at all."
Susan was creative, adventurous, energetic, perseverant, and joyful.

Susan loved life and everything life could give.

We are all hurting, if we haven't loved deeply, we wouldn't feel such pain.... but we must carry on with her philosophy that; life is an adventure or nothing at all.

Love
Nadine
Nadine Nizet
April 6, 2017
Such a kind and friendly soul......you will be missed.
Gerard Huerta
April 6, 2017
Such a kind, gracious person, stoking the fire and making popcorn during Story Nights at Pequot, always considerate, always helpful, always a smile
Jon Kenton
April 6, 2017
I was so sad to learn of Susan's passing, and send my deepest condolences to Paul, Annie and Lily. "May her memory be for a blessing."
David Langner
April 5, 2017
Susan will be missed dearly. My daughters and I will always remember her kindness and limitless patience trying to teach us knitting. A truly special person has left this world.
Janine Alianiello
April 5, 2017
A truly beautiful person and a very moving obit....Susan was a true Pequot treasure and will be greatly missed. I was privileged to have worked with her at last year's pot luck dinner and camp out. A very special person has left us.
Bruce Salvo
April 5, 2017
I feel so privileged to have had Susan in my life. She is a role model for me and I will take her love, kindness, passion, creativity, and sense of passion with me through the rest of my life. If only she had succeeded to teach me to knit! But that turned out to be a task too difficult even for Susan!
Nancy von Euler
April 4, 2017
My granddaughter and I enjoyed her wonderful Children's programs. We will miss her beautiful smile, talent and enthusiasm she gave to us.
Gloria Herman
Gloria Herman
April 4, 2017
Susan was a lovely person and will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.
Peg North
April 4, 2017
I am so saddened to learn of Susan's passing. She was so wonderful to my daughter, Inga when she would visit the library. Susan was always very pleasant, always smiling, approachable and patient. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.
Liz Clarke
April 4, 2017
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Susan's family. I was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Susan's passing. Susan loved life, books, people, children, animals, and storytelling. She will be sorely missed here at Pequot.
Cheryl Carlesimo
April 4, 2017
Thank you for sharing your gentleness, and kindness with our children. Your storytelling techniques are one in a million. We appreciate everything you have done for us. You will never be forgotten. The teachers and children of Trinity Parish nursery school. THANK YOU !
Toni Consiglio
April 4, 2017
You made an impact on many lives, Susan!
April 4, 2017
I neglected to sign my post, which includes the photo of Susan and Blossom.
Leslie Mahtani
April 4, 2017
Susan holding Blossom at Pequot Library, 1/18/17
Dearest Susan made a priceless impact on the staff and patrons of Pequot Library. Indeed she gave the people she served wonderful experiences and memories with her programs, and magical ways to learn with her research and reference expertise. I'm very grateful to have had the privilege to work with her at Pequot. I wish peace and comfort to her family and everyone else who was touched by her grace and magnificence
April 4, 2017
What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful soul. Susan facilitated our breathtaking journeys (over delicious pizza) to Narnia, and later to District Twelve. I and my daughter shall never forget her.
Patricia DaSilva
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