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Susan B Gonzalez’s helped shape East Rochester’s youth into productive and ethical citizens. We need more role models like Susan. In East Rochester there are countless teacher’s that saw Sue as a peer to be emulated. In speaking to my neighbors, I realized that our town is full of likeminded citizens that want a firm hand coupled with a kind heart. In essence that is how Susan Gonzalez lived her life.
Her obituary gives the dry history of her life. What it lacks is the spirit that Sue brought to life itself. When I met her at Officer Basic Course in 1983, I fell in love with a spirited woman who had the poise that moved me to a proposal of marriage within 11 days of meeting her. After 35 adventurous years I am honored to have been her husband. She made me a better man in every aspect as I became a leader in everything I touched. I am fighting my intense grief by channeling it towards the greater good – something I know she would want.
Our struggles as a young family: cross country with Sam, soccer with Christian, acting with Jess, tennis with Sabrina became part of East Rochester’s fabric. In my industry many remember Sue being the voice of The Majer Company. Tours with the 401st Civil Affairs Co during the Cold War rounded out her career. She taught Catholic catechism while being a baptized Methodist – no small feat. The Mustang Stories as we traveled across the US… it goes on and on, this lady was amazing!
Sue loved her students. She gave them confidence. She preached that rules are to guide, protect and be followed. Her guiding principles were: “Knowledge is the power to change, but change must actually happen”, “inspiring confidence is why we teach”, “our education system will be replaced by Google if we do not teach character”, “whiners are wieners” and “blood makes the grass grow” (translated-if it is worth fighting for – then fight). The most intrinsic part of her convictions was that she delivered these ideas with kindness and steady calm – a true teacher.
Enough with the nostalgia and let’s get down to brass tacks. If you like what you have read, then glance at the fund’s mission statement and please give and give often. I would like to grow this into a 100k fund so I can make a real difference and help create more teachers like Susan.
May God bless and your life be brightened by a teacher.
Former husband of the most amazing Susan B Gonzalez
We would like to help those that have similar teaching priorities to that of Susan’s – a traditional approach to education that emphasized leadership through example, high ethical standing amongst peers, and a strong desire to improve through action.
Our goal is to reach $50,000 -100,000 so we can give a scholarship to young individuals that aspire to enter the education field, with a preference towards librarian sciences. We would like to focus our efforts in the East Rochester, NY School District first, then Monroe County, then NY state
Sue Gonzalez, age 57, has died in her home on April 10th 2018, in East Rochester New York due to complications following pancreatic cancer.
Sue was born on March 11th, 1961 in Rapid City South Dakota, to her parents Dorothy and Lyle Yeoman. She attended High School in Del Rapids South Dakota and would go on to attend the University of South Dakota with her brother Clay Yeoman. During college, she joined the military where she met her husband Anthony Gonzalez in 1983. Sue gained the rank of First Lieutenant with the US Army Reserve. After getting married, the Gonzalez’s settled in East Rochester New York, where they raised a family of four kids. Sue worked at East Rochester High School for nearly a decade and a half, where she had an impact on hundreds of lives both in the classroom or the library.
Mrs. Gonzalez was a kind and caring woman, whose impact on the community emanated far beyond just the High School. She volunteered her time with St. Jerome’s Church teaching religious educations to children. Sue was also an election inspector and took great pride in helping people take part of the democratic process. When she wasn’t helping out in the community, she was often reading new books to see if they would be good for the library or maintaining her garden. She also greatly enjoyed taking in nature during long drives in her Mustang with her husband. She now leaves us with the mindset of “Why wait? Let’s live life while we can before it’s too late”.
Sue Gonzalez is survived by her children and husband, as well as her two brothers. A scholarship fund for students who are looking to enter into the librarian studies or teaching fields will be started shortly, in her honor.
- Anthony Gonzalez
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Susan B Gonzalez Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
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Truckee, CA 96161
The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.