susan forte

March 1, 1950 ~ January 11, 2022

Born in: Natick, MA
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Susan Jane (O’Connor) Forte of Hamden passed away peacefully January 11, 2022 in hospice care after a long illness. She was 71. She was the oldest daughter of Edward and Eleanor (Hastings) O’Connor, longtime residents of Spring Glen, the Hamden neighborhood where Sue and her six rambunctious brothers and sisters grew up. Sue is survived by her husband of 50 years, William, also of Hamden; and her son-in-law and grandson, Luciano and Andrew Barbara of North Haven. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Krisanne (Forte) Barbara. She also leaves siblings Michael O’Connor (Jacqueline) of Hull, MA; Anne Soybel (Laurence) of Stafford, VA; Ellen O’Connor of Branford; Dennis O’Connor (Sharon) of Hamden; John O’Connor (Donna) of Stratford; and Timothy O’Connor (Melissa) of North Madison. She was also predeceased by her sister, Patricia O’Connor. Sue is additionally survived by seven nephews and nieces, many cousins and her brother & sister in-law Mario & Joan Forte. She was born on March 1, 1950, in Natick, MA, her father’s hometown, where he and her mother met and were wed in 1947. Sue was a 1968 graduate of Hamden High School and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1972. She and Bill were wed on June 10, 1972 and lived and raised Krisanne in Hamden. Sue and Bill enjoyed a longstanding association with the Miss America organization in Connecticut, participating in various roles throughout the years. She also enjoyed the companionship of her Bichon Frise dogs, Sammi and Kaylie. Sue will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Friends may visit with Sue’s family on Friday, January 14th from 4-7 p.m. in Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Saturday at 10 a.m, with burial to follow in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Avenue, North Haven.


Visitation: January 14, 2022 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: January 15, 2022 10:00 am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. We are so very sorry for you and your family on the passing of Susan. She was a wonderful person and will be missed but remembered with a smile.
    Many prayers and much love and hugs to you at this difficult time.
    Kevin and Sandy Hastings

  2. Our prayers are with you Billy. May Sue rest in peace, she’ll live always in your heart. Condolences, Bill and Marilyn Markunas(Marty and Joan’s neighbors)

  3. Luciano & Andrew – our deepest sympathies at this time – sending strength, prayers and hugs.
    Rob Noeldechen

  4. Our deepest sympathies to you, Bill, from the entire Binkoski family.
    Sue will be loved, missed, and dearly remembered by us all.
    Please know our prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Bill,
    Just wanted you to know your in our families thoughts and prayers. Have so many fond memories of the both of you, Sue was a genuine sweet and caring person, may she Rest In Peace.
    Mike, Nicole and Michele Ciarlelli

  6. Bill, Anne and O’Connor family,

    Wonderful memories of being in Sue’s company from years ago. Sue was always jovial, kind, upbeat, and viewed the glass as half-full, lifting up everyone with her laugh and radiant smile. My condolences as you grieve her loss with heavy hearts. Rest easy now Sue and soar with the Angels.

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