Susan Brownsberger
1935 - 2021
April 16, 1935
February 8, 2021
Brown & Hickey Funeral Home
36 Trapelo Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Susan Campbell Brownsberger died at home of pancreatic cancer on Monday February 8, 2021 at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband Carl Brownsberger of Belmont to whom she was happily married for over 65 years. She is also survived by her son Will and his wife Carolyn of Belmont, her daughter Sarah and her husband Hafthor Yngvason of Bellingham, Washington, her sister Mary Campbell Wirkkala and her husband John Wirkkala of Goshen, New Hampshire, and her sister Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell and her partner Michael Immerso of Lunenberg, Massachusetts. She is also survived by five grandchildren and their spouses: Rae Brownsberger Miller and her husband Michael Miller of Boulder, Colorado, Carly Brownsberger McNeil and her husband Dan McNeil of South Portland, Maine, Louise Brownsberger and her partner Ben Soiefer of New York, New York, Solrun Hafthorsdottir of Reykjavik, Iceland, and Bryndis Hafthorsdottir and her husband Sverrir Kristjansson of San Francisco, California. She was blessed with four great grandchildren | Jon Thor, Susan Klara, Sonja Lilly, and David -- as well as many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. Susan was born in 1935 in Melrose, Massachusetts, to William Campbell of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Lillian Crosscup Campbell of Wollaston, Massachusetts. Until she was 10, the young family lived in the home of her grandparents in Watertown. The family then settled in Harvard, Massachusetts. She was a junior at Radcliffe College when mutual friends arranged her first date with her future husband, Carl, who was studying at Harvard Medical School. While her husband was working long hours as a young doctor, she began studying Russian. In 1974, when her children were in high school, she received her Masters from Boston College. She went on to a distinguished career as a literary translator. Her many critically-acclaimed translations include Andrei Bitov's Pushkin House, Vladimir Voinovich's The Fur Hat, and Fazil Iskander's Sandro of Chegem. Throughout her life she was devoted to her extended family - caring for them in times of need, bringing them together in times of celebration, giving of her time and wisdom to support the important projects of their lives. She played the piano well and gathered the family around her on holidays to sing carols and folk songs. Her own last life project, which she completed only weeks before cancer began to tighten its final grip, was a family history. For several years she pored through genealogical records and available documents and produced a collection of narratives which deepened the family's sense of connection to America's history and ideals. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Online guest book at
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Mrs . Brownsberger was a neighbor in Eastham. We watched each summer as she gracefully descended the stairs in her Blue Robe when the tide came in to swim. We had met her but only knew her from a distance. She presented with grace and elegance, like a dancer , she would tuck her long grey hair into her cap and walk into the water , swim, come out,robe on and ascend the stairs. Sometimes we would see her riding her bike with perfect posture. We admired her from a far and knew she had to be ahead of her time, a liberal family centered woman and very much her own person. From what we read she was revered and indeed a force.. our sincerest condolences
Cathy Threadgold
February 28, 2021
Carl, sympathies on your loss for so many years together.
Donald Manthei
February 15, 2021
I would like to express my sincere condolences at the loss of your mother. May your memories of her help you find peace.
Ron Blanchette
February 15, 2021
Will, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Her pain is gone and she is at peace. May your memories bring you joy and healing.
Jack and Janet Foley
February 14, 2021
To the Brownsberger Family

Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan
February 11, 2021