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Susan Elizabeth Johnson

September 21, 1930 - January 02, 2023


Obituary For Susan Elizabeth Johnson

Susan Elizabeth (Santosuosso) Johnson, 92, passed away on January 2, 2023, after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. She is predeceased by her husband Richard, her son Leroy Johnson, her parents James and Rose Santosuosso, and her brothers James Santosuosso and Robert Santosuosso. She is survived by her sons Richard Johnson and his partner Nancy Weinstein, Dennis Johnson and his wife Cheryl, her daughters Stephanie McGann and her husband Michael, and Suzanne DiCarlo, and daughter-in-law Lisa Lewis. She is also survived by her grandchildren Megan Grandon, Matthew Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Katherine McGann, Adrian Bradley, and Rachel Sirkin as well as her extended family and friends.

Susan grew up in Malden, the eldest of four. During high school, she loved working at the “Palace of Sweets” candy shop in Malden Square with her best friend Claire. She was always good with math, but higher education wasn’t an option for her so she began her post high school years as a secretary in Boston. A lifelong fan of all things sweet, she would eventually open her own candy store in the late 70’s.

While returning home from a weekend train trip to New York City with her cousin, Susan met the man who would become her husband of 54 years, Richard, a Navy man returning to his ship in Boston. Married in 1954, the young couple followed the Navy to ports of call in Virginia and California. Homesick and with a new baby, they left the Navy and settled back in the Boston area where three more kids followed.

Susan would work off and on throughout her life, spending 22 years with New England Telephone. Her tireless work ethic was on display during the Blizzard of 1978 when she walked the 1.5 miles back and forth to work and never missed a shift.

Susan and Richard spent several retired years in Florida before moving to Exeter N.H. to be closer to family, especially their grandchildren. Susan always felt most blessed when she was with family. And her family felt the same. She loved to cook and made every occasion special. She was always ready with a helping hand and a bright smile.

Susan will be laid to rest in the spring at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH alongside her husband Richard.

If anyone wishes to make a donation in Susan’s name, please consider Alzheimer’s Association,225 N. Michigan Ave., Flr.17, Chicago, IL 60601, alz.org or to the charity of your choice.

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  • 01/21/2023

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I will remember her kindness and warm smile.

  • 01/16/2023

    Our hearts are broken again, but we know that we'll see you again one day. Thank you for being my sister-in-law and always being there for us. Phil remembers many things from his childhood with you and holds them dearly. His big sister and last one left. Our prayers to Stephanie, Richard Dennis and families. Till we meet again in heaven!

  • 01/16/2023

    From all of us in Florida, we thank you for being a wonderful sister, sister-in-law, aunt and Great aunt! You were always there with words of wisdom for us and it always meant the world to me. Your love for family and always wanting to make everything special, from your meals to specially wrapped gifts, to chocolate bundles you really made things special! Watching you take care of Nanny up till the very end made me wonder if I could ever do what you did for her. I just found out that you were my only biological aunt, I wish I had known that before. Thank you for being so perfect in everything you did and showing us how things were supposed to be. I hope that you are dancing in heaven with Leroy and Nanny Gramps and beloved Uncle Rich. I hope your mansion is big and perfect with a big candy dish waiting for you each day! Now you are free! Love you always...till we meet again!

  • 01/16/2023

    Mom,, I know these lyrics from a song I heard and they seem made for you ; So I'll sing Hallelujah You were an angel in the shape of my mom When I fell down you'd be there holding me up Spread your wings as you go And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah You're home You were my angel , Mom. No task was too big and no request was ever too much. You just leapt into action to make it all okay. You were an amazing woman and the best mom I could've ever asked for .Now that you are home with Dad, Leroy, Nanny and Gramps, you're finally in their arms again and happy. Hallelujah .

  • 01/14/2023

    Rich, Margaret and I Are sorry for the loss of your Mother .

  • 01/12/2023

    She is now resting in peace

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