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Parma, Ohio

Dec 3, 1948 – Sep 20, 2021 (Age 72)


December 3, 1948
September 20, 2021
Parma, Ohio


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Ripepi Funeral Home - Parma Obituary

SUSAN GRACE DETORRE, passed away peacefully, and went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, on Monday, September 20, 2021. With a heart full of love and kindness, she touched the lives of many in every aspect of her life. Susan was deeply spiritual and bursting with joy. She demonstrated her love for the Lord through song with the worship team at St. Mark’s Church in Brunswick and multiple other Christian ministries. She was a prayer intercessor for our nation and her friends. Susan was also an acting member and deacon at Tikvat Y’Israel Messianic Synagogue. Decades of teaching provided Susan with pride and satisfaction, first at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C., then Marymount High School, King’s Academy, The Covenant, and Shaker Heights High School. She brought insight and expertise to every child she encountered in classrooms and in her private tutoring practice. Susan reveled in the arts, the beauty of nature and all things theatre. As a drama major at Ursuline College, Susan was a skilled director of student productions such as The King and I, and an entertainer, providing her own gut-splitting renditions of her favorite I Love Lucy episodes. Phi Beta, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts, recently recognized Susan with the Helen Grace Warwick Award for a lifetime of service. Susan loved to travel, on the annual trips with her sisters, and to destinations in the United States, Europe, South America, the Caribbean Islands, and closer to home, Lake Chautauqua. Susan loved her family and is survived by her brother Russell Detorre (Norma). A loving aunt to Peter, Albert, and John Detorre, Robert, Tom and Richard Cribbs, Joseph Hageman (Shawn), Laura Breno Hodge (Brian), Angela Breno, Jane Birschbach (Arthur), Ann Brehm (Steve), and Fred Birschbach and Mary Hokanson (Chris). Great-aunt to Robyn, Brittany, and many more. Preceeded in death by her parents Albert J. Detorre and Rita Detorre (nee Machovina) and sisters Joan Winchester (Gene), Elaine Marino (Ben), and Janet Breno (Dale). A life-long teacher and prayer warrior, her warmth and generosity will never be forgotten. All services at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1330 N. Carpenter Rd., Brunswick, Friday, September 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. Burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery, 8592 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. Please meet at front gate.  Friends received at church Friday 2-4 p.m.

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Susan was a very sweet lady and a strong believer. I shall miss her.

When I was facing chemotherapy in February 2019, Susan was very encouraging about the experience of long hours getting the treatment. She told me how her friends came and played games and enjoyed being with each other as she received her treatment. Those comments were a very positive start to my 6 months before being cancer free.
Kay Hicks

Susan and I taught at The Kings Academy at the same time. She was a bundle of fresh ideas and energy that made her an excellent teacher and advisor to her students. Susan had a good sense of humor, and it was great to have known her and to have worked with her. She loved our Lord Jesus and should be in His presence at this time. I'm unable to attend her funeral today, but I'll be thinking about her and those who can be there to celebrate Susan's life. I'll be remembering her contribution...

I knew Susan through Phi Beta. Her rendition of I Love Lucy shows at one of the conventions was priceless. Learning of her loss is a shock. She will be missed.

How fitting that Sue’s middle name was Grace. A high school friend from Parma, Lourdes Academy and happy reunions of the Class of ‘66. Music and drama wherever she went.

Susan was an inspiration to all of us in Phi Beta Fraternity for the Creative & Performing Arts. Her lifelong commitment of service was recognized this past July, at our National Convention. Susan received one of our highest awards, an award that celebrates a member for giving time directly back to Phi Beta. Her achievement, dedication, talent and selfless love will be missed by all. She exemplified all our ideals and
will remain in our hearts.

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it!" This adage has always reminded me of Susan...This was so her! We were friends from Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue and she was head of the ministry I was in charge of. We meshed immediately and became good friends. Her sense of humor, her faith in the Lord, how she lived her life...handled everything that was "thrown" at her...what an inspiration she was (still is, and will...

I was friends with Susan at Tikvat Y'Isreal Messianic Synagogue for many years. She displayed enormous faith and grace in how she lived her daily life and was a true inspiration.

In loving memory of a wonderful person!