Susan Ann "Sue" Cocconi
1958 - 2021
Born on May 26, 1958 in San Mateo, California, to John Cocconi and Lucille Bongle-Cocconi. Sue was my younger sister, but by her commands and her appearance she was often mistakenly deemed to be "the oldest sibling." She was a force to be reckoned with. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s and '70s, Sue was every bit a product of that evolutionary time. Yet, she was firmly rooted in Catholic education, namely St. Matthew's Elementary and Mercy High School.
An artist at heart, she never lost her excellent taste in clothing, room design, or how to make something look elegant. In her mid-40s, Sue moved with our mother Lucille, 84, to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to be closer to our cousins Cheri Larsen and Bill Bongle. Yet five years later she would come back to California and reunite with a long-ago friend and former fiancé, Tom Vannucci. The two lived together as common-law spouses for the remaining 13 years of her life. They began in an Angels Camp apartment, then moved to a house in Murphys for the last three years. They spent their time together gardening and painting rocks as expression art.
In her early 50s Sue's kidneys failed, becoming a three-time weekly dialysis patient. Often drained by the process, she was fortunate to receive care and camaraderie from the nurses and staff of Satellite Dialysis center in Jamestown. Trish, Lisa, Beth and Alumita were but a few of the important people who worked to make her life comfortable. Sue would entertain fellow patients with her caustic humor and rapier wit, which often came with a warm smile, though sometimes a verbal kick-in-the-pants.
On Nov. 4, 2021, her time came to an end at Hy-lond Nursing Home in Modesto, while under Hospice Care. A smoker for 50 years, her official cause of death was lung cancer metastasized to her back and brain. My sister is gone and I am relieved she is free from those painful maladies. Wherever she is now, I'm sure that "force to be reckoned with" is still making herself known. Good journey Sue. She is survived by Stephen Cocconi, Tom Vannucci, Sarah Sutton and Tamara Samsa.
Her inurnment ceremony will be some time in spring 2022 at Skylawn Memorial Park, off Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay. Contact me [email protected] for details.
Published by Sonora Union Democrat from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2021.
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We only ran into each other in our adult lives a few times but when we did we had a lot of laughter. Steve I´m sorry for your loss and Sue is now at peace.
Peter Cocconi
November 23, 2021
It is still difficult to believe you are gone Sue. I hope you found a paradise. Love Steve
Stephen Cocconi
November 23, 2021
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