August 30, 1952 ~ August 4, 2021

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

Susan Gooley, 68, of Hamden, loving wife of Daniel Gooley, passed away on August 4, 2021 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born in Westfield, MA on August 30, 1952, the daughter of the late George and Esther Fischer and the late Lois Chamberlain Fischer, she is survived by her husband Daniel, daughter Bree Gervais and her husband Simon of Farmington, grandchildren Riley Rose and Olivier Jacques Gervais; siblings John Fischer and his wife Susan of TX, Joan Fischer and her husband Peter Berry of MA, William Fischer and his partner Carol Siegel of MA, Rebecca Mundschenk and her husband Russ of MD, George Fischer, Jr. and his wife Susan of IL, and Kimberly Burbo and her husband Gregory of VT, as well as 12 nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Hamden High School, Susan went on to study at Chamberlayne Junior College. Susan loved to travel; starting as an Au Pair in Paris, then backpacking through Europe. After working in different jobs, including walking the line at the New Haven Railroad, Susan established Le Petit Gourmet, her business for over 35 years. She owned and operated the catering company before opening the café in Whitneyville. Serving food prepared with love and attention to detail, Susan’s café became a staple of the community. Her family remembers her love of animals and commitment to various charitable causes. She was an active and devoted member of Church of the Redeemer and then Spring Glen Congregational Church. Since retiring in 2020, Susan was looking forward to traveling and spending time with her family.
Friends are invited to visit with Susan’s family on Tuesday, August 10th from 4-7 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A service celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, August 11th at 10 a.m. at Spring Glen Congregational Church, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Masks and social distancing policies will be observed. The church service will be available virtually, visit www.springglenchurch.org to join the Google Meet. There will be limited church capacity, with overflow onto the church lawn. Memorial contributions in Susan’s name may be made to Animal Haven, 89 Mill Rd., North Haven, CT 06473.

 

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Visitation: August 10, 2021 4:00 - 7:00 pm

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

203-288-0800

Funeral Service: August 11, 2021 10:00 am

Spring Glen Church
1825 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517


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  1. Susan was the best person to work for and with. We always had great conversations about animals, music and food and she adored her family. Rest in Paradise.

  2. Dear Skip&Family,
    Donna and I are so sorry for your loss and extend are deepest and most sincere sympathy. Mrs. Gooley was alway a joy to chat with during the Quinnipiac baseball games. Susan always had your family dog at the games, and most of our conversations were about her beloved puppy. Mrs Gooley had such a wonderful smile, only exceeded by a charming personality. Please know you and Bree are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  3. Danny,
    Matt and I were shocked to hear of Susan’s passing. We wish we could come to give uou a hug, but Matt isn’t able to travel at this time. Please email us so we can connect in the near future. We are so very sorry. Matt and Kathi Shortell, 6 Thomas Cole Drive, Apartment 6109, Glenmont, NY 12077

  4. Dan an Bree

    So sorry to hear of Susan’s passing! She was a light to so many. I loved her dearly.

  5. DANNY, KATHI AND I ARE SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF YOUR BRIDE, SUSAN. NOT KNOWING SUSAN BUT READING THE PREVIOUS ENTRIES SHE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON TO KNOW. AGAIN WE ARE SO SORRY OLD FRIEND.

  6. So very sorry for your loss Dan and Bree…we are heartbroken for you and your whole family. Susan was a special person. We will remember you all in our prayers. Much love to you all.

  7. Danny: Margaret and I are so very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing; we are out of state this week and unable to attend the visitation and services but be assured that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Steve Kirck

  8. Susan was a lovely person. She catered several events for our family and always added to the joy of important family celebrations. Whenever I saw her around town, she had a friendly smile and warm greeting to offer. I am so sorry to learn of her passing. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

  9. Dear Family,
    Sending my deepest condolences in the heartbreaking loss of Susan. I did not know Susan but feel as though I did through Joan’s kind words about her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Pieter and I are saddened to learn of Susan’s passing. We remember her on Wilton Rd. at Lois’s house as a vibrant and passionate teenager, and a loving and caring daughter and sister in the Fischer family. Our sincere condolences to the Fischer and Gooley families.

    Judy van Heiningen

  11. Susan was a spirit of heat and light. She fed our family for years — her chicken marbella, lobster rolls, and shepherd’s pie were superb — and always with flair, delicate garnishes, and ample portions. The last time I saw her, after she arrived on our doorstep with boxes of cookbooks she was clearing out of Le Petit Gourmet, she was radiant — filled with the happiness at the prospect of more time to spend with her family. Susan will always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  12. As fellow members of Spring Glen Church we send Susan’s family our deepest sympathy on the passing of a wonderful and friendly woman. Our prayers are with you during this sad time. God blessings, Jacki and Don Colvin

  13. Dan..
    So sorry to hear of your loss. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Susan, I had heard many kind words spoken of her. It seems she was highly thought of by all who knew her. I am sorry I cannot attend any of the services due to family commitments but you will be in our thoughts and prayers..

    Neil Garbatini

  14. What a lovely, lovely person, so creative, kind, and supportive. Our love to you, Dan and Bree. David, Cynthia and Laura Clampitt

  15. Dan,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of your wife Susan’s passing. Small world; for a short while I delivered bread to her deli, never knowing her last name & her relationship to you. She was such a lovely, pleasant person, always offering a taste of the ‘treat of the day’ or a cup of coffee.
    My sincere condolences to you, my old friend ….and to your daughter Bree, her husband, grand children & the entire Fischer ‘clan’.
    May you all be blessed with peace ….and find comfort in the many cherished memories you share. God Bless.
    Charlie Perrotti

  16. We are shocked and so sad to hear this. Susan was our 1st catering job! She was the queen in catering! She was so busy with events that it felt like we worked 7 days a week! It was a fantastic experience and when we throw parties now, it’s always the Susan Gooley way. She was an amazing person and so kind. She had the best laugh. All of us who catered with her, are very sad to hear about her passing. A complete shock. Please know how much we admired her, loved her and will never forget her.
    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Susan will be extremely missed.

  17. Dan: Susan was such a wonderful person. Thoughts & prayers to you & your family! Take care my friend!
    –Manny Williams

  18. Sending my sincere sympathy and condolences to Dan, Bree and all who loved Susan. I had the pleasure of working for her in the 80s when I was in college. I have such fond memories of her. She was always so lovely and kind.

  19. Susan was a beautiful person both inside and out. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

    Gayle, Larry and Jeremy Logan

  20. To Dan and Bree and the extended family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. What a vision of light and joy she brought to her life and to her work.
    I shall miss her cherished smile and great attitude. And what beautiful and delicious presentations she made!
    Sending blessings and prayers to you all.

  21. So sorry for your loss Coach,
    Tony Peruso just called me a little while ago to tell me.
    My prayers for you and family. Take care Dan.

  22. Skip:

    I was shocked when a friend told me of Susan’s passing. I know how much she meant to you going all the way back to when I was in college and I first met her. My best to you and Bree in this tough time.

  23. To Dan and family,
    Joe and I are so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. I met her several times at Spring Glen Church and looked forward to knowing her better.
    God bless you and your family during this difficult time. We’re thinking of you.
    Carol and Joe Boucher

  24. We met Susan in her “feeding ministry” at Le Petit Gourmet, and she and her wonderful staff produced a memorable 70th birthday occasion in 2015 at Whitneyville Cultural Center. She also helped us produce a splendid 90th birthday tea for a dear friend and Whitneyville neighbor. Susan’s commitment to the community was unparalleled and may the community of saints welcome her with open arms. Judy and Gwen

  25. Dear Dan and Bree,

    Bob and I are so sorry for you and your family. Susan was dedicated to her family, and her dear friends. Her love of animals and commitment to other charitable causes was remarkable. Cooking was her talent, as were catering and sharing with others. She touched many with her smile and her talents.

  26. To Dan and Bree: so sorry to read about Susan’s passing, and very sorry to have been out of state during her service at Spring Glen Church. She catered several events for me and I loved going to Le Petit Gourmet. Such a lovely lady, wonderful to plan an event with, and terrific food at the cafe. Years ago our daughters sang with Julia at Redeemer, and I enjoyed talking with Lois during those years as well. I hope you will be able to cherish many wonderful memories and find peace as you move forward from this time.

  27. Susan’s death is a shock. I learned of her passing today, her birthday. How sorry I am for all who loved her. I wish you comfort.

    Susan and I attended Putnam Avenue School and forward in Hamden schools in the same class. We also were in Brownies together.

    As a caterer she catered several significant events for our family. She was lovely and so very professional. There was never a doubt her events would be successful.

    She will be missed and remembered.

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