BAKER, Susan Marie (nee Munnell) West Haven, Connecticut Beloved wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, niece and cousin May 17, 1950 - February 15, 2013 Susan passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and grew up in Masury, Ohio. In 1968 Susan graduated with highest honors from Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Ohio, where she excelled not only academically, but in extracurricular activities, particularly music. She played the clarinet, representing the school in regional and national bands and orchestras in addition to Brookfield's. Susan was a National Merit Scholar, attending Oberlin College in Ohio where she majored in biology. She met her husband Bill there, and following graduation, they both worked as research assistants at Yale University in New Haven. Susan earned her graduate degree in library science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in biomedical librarianship. She was employed at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk; Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, NY; Bayer; and Purdue Pharma, Stamford. Susan and Bill married in 1973, and their son, Scott, the light of her life, was born in 1994. The focus of her life was her family. She reveled in learning and loved homeschooling her son, providing him a wide range of educational opportunities, both academic and experiential. The rescue and care of all living beings and the earth were lifelong missions as well. Susan is survived by her husband William and son Scott of West Haven; brother Charles (Mexico); sister Shirley (Wisconsin); brothers-in-law Thomas and Robert, of Cheshire and Branford; aunts, uncles, cousins, and several members of her beloved feline family. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Charles and Martha (Scott) Munnell, her father- and mother-in-law, Donald and Patsy (Allen) Baker, and her brother-in-law, Alexander. Funeral services will be private with interment in Branford Center Cemetery. A gathering in celebration of Susan's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions may be made in her name to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven or a local fund dedicated to the well-being of animals. BEECHER & BENNETT- TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven, in care of arrangements.

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  1. My sincerest sympathies on the passing of Mother Baker, a great Mum, partner, sister, and cat caregiver. My thoughts are with all of you.

  2. Shirley – My thoughts are with you and those closest to Susan during this difficult time. I am taking good care of your plant. – David

  3. Shirley, Although I did not know her, I was saddened to hear about the loss of your sister. I have always found that not much can be said to help when you lose a loved one, but a friend who listens can sometimes help. If you want a friend to talk with or a friend to just listen, I can do both. Mark

  4. Shirley, I am so sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. I want to express my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  5. Shirley, I just read Kati Marton’s book, .Paris A Love Story. in which she recounts her marriages to Peter Jennings and Richard Holbrooke. In the beginning, she quotes Joseph Brodsky who said, .If there is any substitute for love, it is memory. To memorize, then, is to restore intimacy.. I hope you have infinite memories of your life with your sister and that those memories sustain you in the difficult days to come. Many are and have been thinking of you; I among them send my best…Chris

  6. Shirley, my dear friend, I am so sorry for your loss of Susie. I know no words from me can help ease your grief. I hope the memories of your good shared times will soon surface readily and comfort you. Know that I’m thinking of you and your family.

  7. To My Friend and Coworker Shirley, Our family sends yours our sympathies. We are sad to learn that Susie is gone. We know how much she means to you, and hope you will find some comfort in your memories of your beloved sister. We miss you and are thinking of you.

  8. Dear Shirley & family, I wish we had words to relieve your pain at your loss. Please know that we’re thinking of you and that you have our support. Barbara, Erik, Devon, Adam & Misha

  9. Dear Bill and Scott, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May peace quickly engulf you as you transition to life without dear wife and mother knowing that she is now free from suffering. Lots of love from Dori

  10. To Shirley and your family, I’m so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing, and we are keeping you and yours in our thoughts.

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