During her 95 years on this Earth, Mary Suzanne “Sue” Haman has made it a nicer place. Our compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on February 3, 2022, at the Converse Home in Burlington, surrounded by members of her large and loving family. She was holding a well-worn rosary. Devout but never doctrinaire, Sue fully embraced Catholicism, including its secular definition. She has always been tolerant and respectful of opinions and beliefs different from her own.
Sue was born on December 2, 1926 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania to Ross and Lillian Foran. The eldest of four siblings, she paved her way to Marywood College in Scranton and graduated with honors with a BS in Home Economics, Food and Nutrition in 1948. Sue earned a coveted internship as a teaching dietitian at Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn. , before landing a job as a therapeutic dietitian at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City near Binghamton, NY
She met Donald Thomas Haman on a blind date and they married in 1954. Sue continued to work – as a dietician at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York – until she became pregnant six months of their first child. She and Don had five: David Van Dyke Haman, Timothy Donald Haman, Mary Suzanne “Suzie” McCoy, Eileen Marie Curtis and Laura Anne Snyder.
Even while raising her own family, Sue found time to serve others. She lived and modeled her faith by including her children in meals-on-wheels deliveries, soup kitchen work, supporting families in need, and other volunteer opportunities. She was a church leader, teaching CCD and RCIA classes, serving as a Eucharistic minister, and participating in women’s guilds and parish councils in various churches over the years.
Sue was an active, driving and agitator who read the paper daily and stayed informed and engaged. She worked as a consulting dietitian for area hospitals and nursing homes and taught behavior modification classes until her retirement, after which she served on the boards of the American Association of University Women. and the American Cancer Society. She also chaired the Nifty Niners women’s golf group in Martin Downs, Florida.
Sue loved golf, walking, bridge, crosswords, reading, travelling, cooking and baking, especially her famous Irish Fruitcake. Many dogs and cats have won her love over the years. She also loved scones, cookies, waffles, cappuccinos and maple creams, and she amassed a fine collection of teapots, rosaries and nativity scenes. Quick to smile and laugh, Sue was a devoted and generous family member with a powerfully loving and caring heart.
She spent the last eight and a half years of her life at the Converse Home, fully engaged with the other residents and the many staff members. Sue was genuinely interested in the careers and lives of others, always ready to offer a kind and encouraging word. She and her family are so grateful for all the love and care she has received, including from the palliative care team at the University of Vermont Medical Center. You are all truly exceptional!
We also extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Karen Sokol, who has always been a strong advocate and guide as Sue navigated her changing health needs over the years. Sue loved, respected and trusted Karen completely.
Sue was predeceased by her parents; the Ross brothers, Tom and Bill; and several cousins. Her husband of 63 years, Don, died in 2017. She leaves behind her five children; their spouses Frances, Ray and Don; and 10 grandchildren: Sarah, Peter, Julia, Kimbriel, Kaitlyn, Bill, John, Geoffrey, Patrick and Nicole. Sue was also blessed with great grandchildren Lillian, Margaret, Charlotte, Jack, Nathan, Lucy, Alaina and Oliver.
In celebration of Sue’s full and well-lived life, a Christian Burial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Charlotte, VT on February 12 at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch in the parish hall. A private burial will be held later this year in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Converse Home Mary Wright Education Fund, 272 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401. Arrangements made by Ready Funeral Home. To send your condolences online, please visit readyfuneral.com.