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Susan M. (Connolly) Thornton

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Susan M. (nee Connolly) Thornton

Susan M. Thornton (nee Connolly), age 78, of River Edge, entered into eternal life in the early morning hours of Saturday June 9, 2018. Beloved wife of Brian P. Thornton. Devoted mother of Brian Jr. and his wife Kimberly. Cherished grandmother of Shannon Thornton. Survived by her dear sisters Ellen McPherson, Patricia Quinlan, Mary Connolly, and Nora Connolly, Susan is predeceased by her sister Joan Connolly, brother Walter Connolly, and her sister Julia "Judy" Wray. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Susan was born on March. 24, 1940, in New York, to Walter Connolly and Julia (nee Curley.) Always a sensitive soul, Susan chose to live her life in the most positive way, trying to see the good in everything and encouraged others to do the same.

Drawing inspiration from her love of nature, Susan learned to express herself artistically at an early age through sketching, calligraphy, painting, and eventually gardening. Over the years she would travel to Bar Harbor Maine, or the New Jersey shore with her family, or simply with her husband Brian to their beloved Cape May to share peaceful times together.

Family meant everything to Susan, and it is where she was able to find place, meaning and refuge. A truly compassionate person, Susan was always willing to help out someone in need, and touched the lives of so many people. Her memory and inspirational character will live on in our hearts forever.

A Mass of Catholic burial will be offered Thursday, June 14 at 10 AM, St. Joseph Church, Oradell. Interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 4-8 PM at the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge. In lieu of flowers please make donations to or Covenant House.
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