Susan (Clary) Delahunt was my first cousin, about 4 years senior . Her mother, my Aunt Vera, and my father were siblings.
Susan and Cynthia were my favorite cousins, but after moving to Matawan, New Jersey we didn't get up to White Plains very often. Whenever we did and saw them they were especially nice to me. Despite not seeing each other for many months at a time, being around them always seemed seemed natural, easy and fun.
I especially remember the times we were lucky enough to get up to their summer house on Lake Candlewood in Ct. They always included their "kid" cousin in all their activities.
Families grow up and seem to scatter to the four winds, so I literally hadn't seen Susan since her wedding. But when her Mom Vera died, we connected and kept in touch via occasional notes and Christmas cards for quite a few years. Unfortunately, this ceased rather abruptly and I hadn't heard anything for a long time.
For some reason, I reason started thinking about the family, Susan and Cynthia particularly. I did a Google search and found this obituary. To say that I was profoundly saddened to learn of her passing would be an understatement.
The tribute to her was indeed an celebration of a wonderful person's life which came as no surprise at all. My best wishes to all of her family.