Susan Bennetto, daughter of the late John and Eunice Bowman Bennetto, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on July 5, 2013. Susan was born in New Haven on September 25, 1931. She graduated from Prospect Hill School in New Haven, and Connecticut College for Women in New London class of '53. After graduation she worked at the Munson Art Gallery in New Haven, and then for many years at Hopkins School until her retirement. Susan was passionate about quilting, knitting, and crocheting, and made many beautiful gifts for family, friends, and children in hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House. She belonged to quilting clubs in West Haven and Branford. Susan loved gardening, cats, books and words, and did crosswords daily. Susan was predeceased by her brother John Bennetto earlier this year. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Verona Bennetto of Rochester, NY, and her brother Edward (Becky) Bennetto of Stockton, CA. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Loisa Bennetto (Chris Stodgell) of Rochester, NY; Jack Bennetto of Seattle, WA; Linda (Bill) LeConey of Smithville, NJ; William (Almeida) Bennett of Dale City, VA; and several grandnieces and nephews. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Friends are invited to visit with her family from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12th at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Her Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. followed by a burial in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT & Western MA, Att: Development, 501 George St., Suite A, New Haven, CT 06511 www.ronaldmcdonaldhouse-ct.org or charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Edward and Susie’s family, Susie was a dear friend of mine from Connecticut College for Women and we kept in touch and visited occasionally for many years. Our lives were intertwined for many years but we hadn’t been in touch for a number of years. She visited us in Cushing ME many years ago and it was good to see her settled in her home in North Haven. Her quilts were beautiful and her knowledge and love of plants and gardens shared so willingly. I noted in my birthday book that today was her birthday and thought I would try to get in touch. Susie will always be a part of my life and memories. My deep condolences to you and your family. Deborah Haviland 33 Stonewood Road Rockland,ME 04841 pdaviland@gmail.com

  2. Dear Edward, Verona and Family, I met Susan 29 years ago when I started working at Hopkins School and I was very fond of her. I always enjoyed hearing about her visits with family members, especially her nieces and nephews. One year she came to our home for Thanksgiving dinner which we very much enjoyed–I gave her a lot of credit as we had four kids and a number of other guests. At that time she gave me a Christmas ornament which she made from ribbon and I think of her every Christmas when I hang it on my Christmas tree. I also have a quilted pot holder/hot plate rest which reminded me of Susan last week when I noticed it in a drawer. I enjoyed hearing about her gardening and cat, too. I am very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. I really thought I would visit her this summer but, unfortunately, it is too late! I I would like to attend Susan’s service on Friday, but I have a commitment which probably will prevent me from being there. If anything changes I will come. I am happy to have had the opportunity to know Susan–she was a very kind and thoughtful person and I will miss her. With sympathy, Mary Ginsberg

  3. I was very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. It was always a pleasure to see her at the annual Hopkins’ events. While I only worked with Susan for a few short years, her kindness, professionalism and dedication to her job were inspiring. With my deepest condolences, Gail Leamon

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