Susan Howard

Jun 14, 2019

Belfast — Susan P Howard, 73, of Belfast, formerly of Brewster, Mass., passed away May 3, 2019, in Augusta after a brief illness.

Susan was born April 6, 1946, in Taunton, Mass. She is survived by her son Ian Howard and daughter Jennifer Howard of Belfast, and her three grandsons Nathan Howard of Los Angeles, and Maximillian Howard and Oliver Howard both of Belfast. Also, her sister Jo Ann Madfounian, brother-in-law Steve Madfounian and nephew Michael Madfounian of Florida; her niece Susan Bocamazo, husband Thomas Bocamazo and their two sons Jonathan and Matthew Bocamazo of Southborough, Mass.; her niece Christine Cardoza-Guzman, husband Mark Guzman of Middleboro, Mass.; nephew Seth Curra of Knox; niece Sarah Curra Schultz-Nielsen, her husband Lars Schultz-Nielsen and their two daughters Lily and Alia of Randolph; and niece Amy Curra Buckley, her husband Bill Buckley and their two sons Will and Josh Buckley of Mashpee, Mass.; as well as Susan’s former husband of 34 years, Jon Howard of Hanson, Mass.

Susan will also be missed by her beloved friends, Sue and Jim Gillespie of Brewster, Mass., their daughter Holly Lang,  her husband Shawn Lang and their daughter Emma Lang of Brewster, Mass.; as well as her friends Sally Cash of Brewster, Mass., Linda Kelly of New York, Bette and Walter Mathews of Arkansas, and Susan Pierce of Brewster, Mass., as well as countless other family, friends, and neighbors who will miss Susan greatly.

Susan was preceded by her sister Helen Downing of Raynham, Mass., her parents Ernestine and Joseph Gula of Taunton, Mass.; and her beloved former sister-in-law and friend Susan Curra of Knox.

Susan always sought to care for and help others. Which is why when she attended Taunton High School she was deeply involved in Girl Scouts in her community. This desire to care for others is what led her to graduate from the University of Massachusetts with a master's in social work. She then became a teen outreach social worker in the foster care system for the state of Massachusetts for over 20 years. She worked closely with young adults aging out of the foster care system and helped them prepare for their adult lives. Susan organized yearly events that celebrated these young people and their accomplishments, working with Jordan Furniture in the Boston area to provide scholarships and gift packages. She also invested in her local community by sitting on both the Brewster and Nauset School committees for over 10 years.

When she was not taking care of her community, Susan was caring for her family and friends. She was a guiding voice and a caring shoulder for many. Susan was the family historian and matriarch. She was quick with her sharp wit but also generous, kind and strong. Susan never missed any of her grandson’s performances or anyone's birthdays. She often sent cards just to remind people she was thinking of them.

She was a lover of music, Maine, gardening, flowers, but most of all it was Susan’s family and friends who meant the world to her. We will all miss her deeply and cherish the time we were blessed to share with her.

A memorial service for Susan will be held Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast. If you plan to attend, please bring a mason jar of wild flowers.

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