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DeRing, Susan Martha (Brown)
Susan Martha (Brown) DeRing, 74 of Portland, died Sunday, September 9, 2018 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut surrounded by her family. She was born in Granville, NY to Edith (Lorenz) and Raymond Brown. She was a Registered Nurse and graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Amsterdam, NY. She has been a resident of Portland for 48 years. Sue co-founded Young Horizon's Day Care Center in Higganum in 1982 and dedicated her life to providing a nurturing and loving environment for so many children. In addition to her passion for early childhood development, Sue was always helping those in need and those less fortunate. You would always find Sue preparing home cooked meals for her children and neighbors, baking for her church and other charities and assembling care packages for the troops overseas.
Sue is survived by her daughters, Kathleen DeRing and Kristine Howard of Portland; her sons Lt. Col. Tommy DeRing (Jessica) of Portland and Joseph DeRing (Maureen) of Belleair, FL. Sue lived for her grandchildren. They were truly the lights of her life: Ryan, Maryssa, Brandon, Emily, Gracie, Faith and JJ. She is also survived by her brother David Brown of Little River, SC and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother James Brown and her former husband Philip DeRing.
The funeral will be held on Friday, September 14th at 8 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Portland at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in Granville, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in the name of Susan DeRing to St. Mary's Church of Portland, Birthright, The Portland American Legion, or St. Vincent DePaul/Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
Published in Middletown Press on Sept. 11, 2018
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